The Calgary Flames have seemingly made it clear through their play on the ice that getting younger and pushing for a re-tool is the way to go, and while plenty of fans can't believe that's the direction they would actually go in, rumours continue to persist that the team are indeed looking to trade away some of their veteran pieces.
With so many teams out there needing help on the blue line and in net, the Flames stockpile of veteran talent like Noah Hanifin, Elias Lindholm, Chris Tanev, and Jacob Markstrom become that much more appealing, and now, the whispers continue to grow louder.
Now, an official report from The Fourth Period has revealed that the Flames are active in trade talks, with the New Jersey Devils being one team that they have reportedly been in contact with for quite some time.
That report has revealed that the Devils carry strong interest in both Hanifin and Tanev, and with their goaltending situation being a struggle this season, there's certainly a chance they could also be looking at one of Jacob Markstrom or Dan Vladar. While there's been no official word from anyone within the Flames organization of their intentions as the trade deadline nears, every leak and report appears to be saying that Calgary will be big time sellers, and with the Devils having several players matching up with the Flames timeline, this is a good team to do business with.
The Flames however have netted points in nine of their past 11 games, with a 5-2 record over their past seven games, so even if they continue their winning ways, the youth has influenced the success of this team so much that it's very likely a re-tool is on the way regardless.