The Calgary Flames have seemingly made all the big moves that they have up their sleeves this summer. Michael Frolik and Dougie Hamilton are in the fold, and the bulk of the summer work has thus far involved restricted free agency, arbitration hearings, and the apparent departure of David Wolf back to Europe.
With the team at 42 contracts – two can slide – along with six restricted free agents (including Wolf) to sign, it seems like the team’s done their moves this summer. But they also have too many forwards, defenders and goalies on one-way deals (or facing waivers) than they have roster spots.
So something’s gotta give, right? So who goes and how?
Personally, after talking with the general manager about it, I think they stand pat until the fall and then make tinkering moves. Based on Brad Treliving’s comments, the team seems willing to face the September roster crunch and I would wager they try to make trades to free up spots. Waivers will probably be a last resort, because you free up a spot but you also lose a player for nothing. Regardless of how ugly a contract is, you always want to recoup an asset wherever possible.
Just try not to give up any draft picks in the process.