The trade deadline on Monday. Everyone expects trade activity to pick up, particularly amongst the teams that fancy themselves in the playoffs. Calgary? Still on the proverbial playoff bubble, but they’re also still a team with some expiring assets that can be flipped for future assets.
Here’s how the market stands as of Saturday morning.
The Flames have Karri Ramo as a pending unrestricted free agent. He’s been the back-up to Jonas Hiller for most of the season.
Buffalo sent Jhonas Enroth to Dallas for Anders Lindback and a third round pick.
Enroth is younger than Ramo and has played slightly more NHL games with similar numbers, but Ramo’s numbers this season are so much better than Enroth’s it’s not even funny. Functionally, Ramo is a league-average goalie and Enroth is below-average. The Flames would need to get a goalie back in a Ramo deal. Based on this trade, a goalie and a third round pick would be doable.
The Flames have Raphael Diaz would is on an expiring contract, though he’s been a seventh defender most of the season and only has three points with Calgary.
- Philadelphia sent Kimmo Timonen to Chicago for a second round pick (and a conditional pick).
- Carolina sent Ondrej Sekera to Los Angeles for a first round pick and Roland McKeown.
Carolina sent Tim Gleason to Washington for a fourth round pick and Jack Hillen.
There’s no clearly set market value for a third-pairing defender right now, which is what Diaz fundamentally is. He’s 29 and he’s limited, but has offensive upside and value to a team trying to fix their power-play. I could see Calgary getting a sixth round pick, perhaps, if a buyer was particularly motivated. I’m not sure what else on Calgary’s blueline has trade value that they would be willing to part with – everyone either has contracts that are too rich to really move, or they are players the team doesn’t want to move. (Although, if a team wanted Wideman, I’m sure the Flames would be interested…)
The main tradeable asset up front is Curtis Glencross. A lot of forwards have been moved lately, so here’s the gist of what’s gone on.
- New Jersey sent Jaromir Jagr to Florida for a second round pick (and a conditional pick).
- Toronto sent Daniel Winnik to Pittsburgh for a second round pick, a fourth round pick and Zach Sill.
- Carolina sent Jiri Tlusty to Winnipeg for a third round pick (and a conditional pick).
- Florida sent Sean Bergenheim (and a late pick) to Minnesota for a third round pick.
Florida sent Thomas Fleischmann to Anaheim for a third round pick and Dany Heatley.
Based on these trades involving these players, here’s what we know: throw out Jagr, he’s a special case and scores more often than anybody else on this list, including Glencross. And admittedly, the Winnik deal seems like overpayment, but he’s younger and arguably has room to grow. Tlusty, Glencross, Fleischmann and Bergenheim are all in a similar wheelhouse in terms of age, NHL experience and NHL points productivity. There are obviously some wrinkles here and there that make each player different, but the gist of it is that these four guys are all more or less the same in terms of market value. In other words, the going rate for Glencross is expected to be a third round pick – and maybe a conditional pick or minor prospect to sweeten the pot if Treliving can get two teams jousting over him.
SUM IT UP
At this juncture, it might not be worth trying to move Raphael Diaz because the return – a late, late pick – might not be worth the hassle. However, if the team sold off both of Karri Ramo and Curtis Glencross, they could garner a pair of additional third round picks, if not slightly more than that.