The big news of the day in the hockey world is the blockbuster trade between the Winnipeg Jets and Buffalo Sabres. Not only is it a big thing for both of the teams involved, but it also has a ripple effect across the remainder of the National Hockey League.
The Jets added towering young defender Tyler Myers, a player long thought on the trade block for the right price. The Flames are among many, many teams in a precarious position. Not only do the Flames likely want to make a move to counter the Jets big move and keep their team competitive in the Western playoff race, but Myers suddenly being off the market likely drives up the price for every other secondary defender on the market.
So, if you’re the Flames, What Do You Do?
This is almost two-fold.
- What players are left on the market to pursue in order to upgrade the second pairing?
- And what are you comfortable with giving up to grab one of those players? It’s almost definitely going to be a higher price tag than it was 24 hours ago. What price is too high? How much is too much? And how much has that changed, from your perspective, in the last day?
Based on the price that the Jets and Sabres paid, respectively, I might back off a bit, if I’m the Flames GM.