The Calgary Flames have made another organizational depth tweak, trading forward Max Reinhart to the Nashville Predators.
The return for the 23-year-old restricted free agent is a conditional fourth round choice in the 2016 NHL Draft. It’s unclear what the conditions are on the pick at time of this writing.
The eldest of the three sons of former Flame Paul Reinhart, Max joined the Flames as a third round selection in the 2010 NHL Draft. He split time with the Flames and their myriad farm clubs over this three years as a pro, never really cementing himself in the organization’s plans. He was leap-frogged by a ton of the team’s prospects in recent years, and it seems that made him expendable. He played just two games with the NHL club this season, and the team called up a bunch of other guys instead of him down the stretch.
The Flames got an asset for a player that didn’t fit in their plans, as they have many, many left-handed forwards of his caliber. Reinhart gets a fresh start. And Nashville gets a pretty decent young player who may still have some upside. Reinhart had 5 points in 23 NHL games to go with 125 points in 203 AHL contests.
The move drops the number of Flames restricted free agents down to 10. We’ll have an update if/when the conditions on that pick are available.