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WWYD Wednesday: Trade for a winger?

We’ve talked a lot about the Flames’ need for a starting goalie and how the expansion draft will create pressure the organization can leverage to get one (or two) via trade this offseason.

We’ve talked less about skaters, in part because adding new guys forces the team to make decisions about who to keep and who to expose. That’s the main reason we’ve never brought up adding another top four guy prior to the expansion draft. Because Calgary already boasts Mark Giordano, T.J. Brodie, and Dougie Hamilton, the Flames would be forced to expose whoever else they add (or, alternatively, choose only four forwards to protect).

So that’s a no-go.

Up front, however, the Flames may have some options. After the usual suspects (Mikael Backlund, Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan, Michael Frolik, and Sam Bennett), Calgary has the opportunity to add a notable player or two.

Assuming the Flames are willing to add one more protection-worthy forward, what options does the trade market provide?

First, we have to determine which teams are vulnerable to the expansion draft. A cursory glance at forwards rosters suggests this list:

That’s a surprising amount of clubs who have expansion concerns. It generates a nice list of potential trade targets for the Flames:

Columbus Blue Jackets

Flames targets: Cam Atkinson, Boone Jenner, William Karlsson

The Blue Jackets are weighed down by three NMCs to Scott Hartnell, Nick Foligno, and Brandon Dubinsky. As a result, they only have four spots left for the guys mentioned above. That leaves at leaves one of Wennberg, Jenner, Calvert or Atkinson exposed and almost certain to be snagged.

Karlsson is the most likely guy to be sacrificed if they can’t move anyone since he’s only a third/fourth line forward at this point in his career. At 24 years old, he might have more growth in him at this point.

If the Jackets are interested in dumping some dollars, however, they may want to move one of Atkinson ($4.5M) or Jenner ($2.9M).

Minnesota Wild

Flames targets: Nino Niederreiter, Jason Zucker, Erik Haula

Like Columbus, the Wild have a couple of spots taken up by three NMCs (Jason Pominville, Zach Parise, and Mikko Koivu). That leaves four spots for Charlie Coyle, Eric Staal, Mikael Granlund, Nino Niederreiter, and Erik Haula.

The big prize here is Niederreiter, who Elliotte Friedman noted might be available yesterday. Nino is 24, has size at 6’2″ and 212 pounds and is an accomplished 200-foot player. Adding him would be like adding another, more mature Matthew Tkachuk to the Flames’ top six:

If Minny really is listening to offers for Niederreiter, then Calgary should go all-in in trying to land him. Of the players discussed here, I would consider Nino the biggest priority.

That said, a good consolation prize would be Zucker, who seems somewhat underused in Minnesota given his scoring rates:

New York Rangers

Flames targets: Kevin Hayes, Chris Kreider, J.T. Miller, Jesper Fast

Micheal Grabner’s big season makes life pretty difficult for the Rangers. In addition to Grabner, Rick Nash, Derek Stepan, Mats Zuccarello, and Jimmy Vesey, they also have to consider Kreider, Miller, Mika Zibanejad and Hayes.

Even if the Rangers decide to sacrifice Nash for cap reasons, they’ll still have one too many guys to protect. That potentially leaves former Gaudreau college linemate Kevin Hayes up for grabs. If the Rangers don’t want to move him, Calgary could inquire about 28-goal scorer Chris Kreider, or capable guys like Miller and Fast.

Philadelphia Flyers

Flames targets: Matt Read, Michael Raffl

Adding Val Filppula from Tampa Bay also added another NMC to the Philadelphia roster. With Claude Giroux (NMC), that leaves the Flyers with five spots for Wayne Simmonds, Jakub Voracek, Brayden Schenn, Sean Couturier, Matt Read, and Michael Raffl.

Read and Raffl are the obvious fringe guys. Neither is particularly gifted offensively, but both are great possession players. They probably couldn’t play consistently in the Flames’ top six, but could round out a third line nicely.

Tampa Bay Lightning

Flames targets: Jonathan Drouin, Ondrej Palat, Tyler Johnson, Alex Killorn

Tampa Bay must protect Steven Stamkos and Ryan Callahan thanks to their NMCs. After that, they have Drouin, Palat, Johnson, Killorn, J.T. Brown, Vladislav Namestnikov, and Nikita Kucherov to consider.

In addition, The Lightning may be extra motivated to move a guy because of a pending salary cap crunch with Palat, Johnson, and Drouin all in line for healthy raises.

Palat, Johnson, and Drouin are all worthwhile targets. It would just depend on what Tampa is asking for in return.

Washington Capitals

Flames targets: Brett Connolly, Lars Eller, Daniel Winnik

Even though they are poised to lose T.J. Oshie to free agency, the Washington Capitals still have a few too many forwards to protect. Aside from the top end (Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, Marcus Johansson, Evgeny Kuznetsov, and Andre Burakovsky), the Caps have Lars Eller, Tom Wilson, Daniel Winnik, and Brett Connolly vying for the last protection spot.

Eller, Winnik, and Connolly all have good possession results in supporting roles, although Connolly also has above average scoring rates, albeit as a fourth liner. At 25 he’s the right age and might just be poised for a breakout season if he’s given a bigger role somewhere else.

And that’s the shortlist.

So, assuming any or all of these guys are available, who would you target? And what you pay to land him? Is it worthwhile to go after supporting guys like Connolly or Read, or should Brad Treliving aim high for a target like Niederreiter?

  • T&A4Flames

    All in for a legit top 6 RW that can score and play with Johnny, Mony or Bennett….or bust. Nino, Jenner, and although you didn’t list them as targets, Simmonds and I would love to add Tom Wilson from WAS despite him not being a top 6 guy.

    • Kevin R

      I was thinking that myself in seeing if we can land Wilson. Obviously Nino would be the top prize. Question is, what is Minny going to want back. But looking at their list, they got Staal as a UFA for basically free. Why wouldn’t they leave him exposed, because chances are they are going to lose one of their Dmen before they lose Staal. I would love to get Boone Jenner out of Columbus as well.

      • Petzl

        Boone is the most likely target in my eyes, he’s been used in a more limited role this year but has shown to have a scoring touch and the size we need in our top 6 at this point.

        Still don’t think we are going to do anything about the forward situation before the expansion draft.

      • Kevin R

        Yeah & everybody said what a waste Kassian was & when those guys are on their hard nosed game, then you have to look at other tangibles than just stats. Wilson can be a 3rd line guy& he has more pedigree (1st rounder) than Bouma. & he brings a size component this team needs. I know this is taboo to say but the Oilers looked pretty decent this year& it is the first time I could say that in many many years. They brought size into their lineup. We need a deterrent that can “play” in our lineup that is just plain Kesler nasty, face it, that is what we have to deal with in our division. The league seems to like leaving dirty play in the playoffs, point in case, the Ducks.

  • Parallex

    I realize that this article was probably published simply to feed the beast (The beast being readership and the meal being new content) but trading for a F just isn’t feasible…

    A: The Flames have an overabundance of bodies up front, and
    B: The Flames lack assets that are both coveted and that they should be willing to part with

    … the Flames need another D-man and they need a goalie so we can’t trade from position to get another F (otherwise it’s robbing Peter to pay Paul). The usual currency for a good (not great) forward is a 2nd round pick (which we don’t have), or an NHL ready blueish chip prospect (which is really debatable as to whether the Flames have any that they can part with).

    Short of parting with their 1st round pick (which GM’s are rightly reluctant to do) the Flames would likely need to conduct multiple transactions in order to acquire the type of asset that those teams would want in return. It’ll be complicated (and thus unlikely).

    As far as Forward management goes I think the Flames should focus more on resigning Versteeg and trying to find the sucker at the table that will take part of the 10M 4th line off our hands.

    • Puckhead

      It’s still sounds like a nice idea until you have to leave someone like Ferland exposed.

      Teams that stand to lose decent players will want picks or blue chip prospects back who can’t be picked up by Vegas in the expansion draft.

      Rather lose someone from the 4th line to the expansion draft.

      • cjc

        “It’s still sounds like a nice idea until you have to leave someone like Ferland exposed”
        If it means getting Niederreiter or even Zucker, I would lose Ferland or Lazar in a heartbeat. I like Ferland, but he is probably not going to blossom into a 50-60 pt. player.

    • cjc

      I think you rightly point out that the starting point for a guy like Niederreiter will be a first rounder. However, I’d pay that for Niederreiter, and some. He was Minnesota’s top possession player, he’s only 24, and his results have improved year over year since he joined the NHL. This draft is generally considered not to be very deep, and Calgary will be picking in the #16 spot – finding a player of Niederreiter’s quality there is far from a sure thing. This assumes they will make Niederreiter and not Staal available of course. Minnesota doesn’t have a first or second round pick either. For Niederreiter I’d go as far as Calgary’s first and, if Calgary also has to throw in a prospect, Minnesota’s third and fourth round picks.

      • Parallex

        Fair enough on Niederreiter… he’s a clear step above the rest of the names named though. Gotta figure he’d cost more then a mid-1st rounder. Friedman’s piece didn’t make it sound like he was being shopped (more like he’s be sought after) so you gotta figure that he’s in the Wild’s plans, at least for now.

      • Puckhead

        Here is the problem with your argument:

        You make a trade for Niederreiter in exchange for a pick and/or prospect (because they will not trade for a player that they may lose to expansion). This means we expose Ferland, Lazar (2nd round pick)… at the expansion draft. That is a hefty price to pay for a player who isn’t good enough to slot into his teams top 7. You’re basically paying double the price for one player.

        • cjc

          It’s not that Niederreiter isn’t good enough to slot into the top 7 – Minnesota essentially uses Parise and Pominville on their third line right now. The problem is that they handed out NMC’s like candy and left themselves cash strapped with some outsized contracts to guys like Spurgeon and Scandella. FWIW, I think Minnesota will bend over backward to keep Niederreiter. Saying it would be a good idea doesn’t mean it is going to happen. Even if you think of it as Niederreiter, a third and a fourth for our first, a good prospect and Ferland or Lazar, I would still go for it. Leaving Niederreiter aside, maybe Zucker shakes loose – he is pretty good too, and the cost would not be as high.

    • KH44

      It would need to be assets that are automatically protected, so picks and prospects, not roster players. That is why this is an opportunity to deal without removing from the roster. This may be a time a package of picks and prospects actually works, because it can’t be player for player. The first round pick, plus a protected prospect such as Jankowski, Mangiapane, Andersson, or Kylington might be enough this time, as that is a better return than losing one of their good players for nothing.

  • cjc

    There are lots of great options there, I think most would agree that Niederreiter is the best of the bunch. You forgot to add that Minnesota has a cap problem of their own. Granlund, Niederreiter and Haula are all RFA, and they have 8-10 roster spots to fill with only 11 million in cap space. The only issue I see is that there are lots of teams (see Coyotes, Arizona and Avalanche, Colorado) in a similar situation, it will drive up the asking price on these guys. So the question is, what will it cost?

  • Backburner

    I think the focus should be a RW for Gaudreau and Monahan. The best targets I think are Nino and Drouin.

    The Flames have a first round pick and a handful of decent prospects that could get that done. I would be a little hesitant to move Bennett, Fox or Parsons, but everyone else should be fair game.

    • Parallex

      I wouldn’t move Bennett but I wouldn’t be really hesitant on Fox or Parsons (Really the only prospects I’d be hesitant to move are Andersson & Kylington).

        • Parallex

          I’m sure he is good… but I don’t think anyone can say he’s Duncan Keith/Drew Doughty good. He’s likely at least 4 years away from the NHL factoring in the prestige of his school and adjustment to pro-schedule. As far as Parsons goes… goalies are voodoo. Prospects will break your heart and only the bluest of bluechip guys and the guys that are almost fully NHL ready (with upside) warrant attaching significant hesitation. Just my 2 cents and as always YMMV.

      • Jumping Jack Flash

        Early indications show that both Fox and Parsons are going to be studs. Elliott Friedman spoke on how he watched Parsons in the Erie series and said his performance was as good as he has seen at that level.

        Fox broke all NCAA records for a rookie defender. I am a big fan of Rasmus and think he could be Brodie’s partner by the end of next year…. Kjillington does not seem to be progressing like they hoped.

        • Parallex

          Maybe they will… but they’re not sure things. Yes, Fox put up some eye-popping numbers… in the ECAC, pretty much the weakest D1 conference, and I’ve seen way to many goalies that fizzle out at higher levels after looking great in junior.

          I wouldn’t sell Kylington short. The guy has star tools up the wazoo he just needs to develop the box to put them all in and Huska is just the guy to do that (given what a factory Kelowna was in terms of blueliners to the NHL). Yeah, he too might be nothing at the NHL level (again prospects will break your heart) but we’re fairly close to figuring that (whether he’ll be an NHL’er) out I wager.

          • Jumping Jack Flash

            You bring up some good points. Fox does play in the weakest D1 division. I am intrigued by how Fox went from the 7th D in the WJC on team USA but was an offensive catalyst in the Gold medal game with 2-3 primary assists. I see him as a Gary Suter type.

            I would love to see Kjillington work out but I just don’t see his offensive prowess out shining his Defensive liabilities. You can tell when they interview Huska, he raves about Kulak and Ras and is not seeing it from Kjillington yet. You would hate to give up on him and have him become the next Karlsson.

  • Petzl

    Nino or Jenner are the only real top 6 guys there that are worth going after. I think Nino isn’t going to be available but Jenner might with his usage dropping last year.

  • PrairieStew

    Every team knows they are going to lose something. Mitigating the loss is what they are focused on. If, for example, Columbus know that they will lose Jenner – would they look at Chiasson and Ferland for Jenner – knowing that one of those guys might then get picked. Columbus’ net is they lose Jenner anyway and add Chiasson. Is that enough ? Calgary’s downside to that deal is the possibility of then losing Lazar since they’d protect Jenner. So Calgary’s net is they’ve added Jenner and lost 3 young forwards – as opposed to just being down one forward in the draft. Is that worth it ?

    Even if you can find 2 guys that Vegas wouldn’t take, but the other team might be interested in, it only drives Vegas to take someone else from the other roster. Wotherspoon, Bartkowski, Bouma might not be huge losses for the Flames, but how far would they go to replace what the partner loses in the draft.

    The other factor might be that the players with NMC’s might be approached by their team to be traded. So if you are Nick Foligno – do you look at a trade to a team like Calgary with whom you might find success – rather than continue in Columbus AFTER they’ve asked you to waive you NMC for the expansion draft ( and presumably said no).

    • cjc

      I do wonder how personally players will take learning that they have been exposed, or being asked to waive their NMCs. I think it will depend on the player, but if you are sitting on a NMC or aren’t performing like a top 7 forward, it would be hard to take the exposure personally. Players say over and over that they understand it’s a business, so players like Brouwer shouldn’t be shocked when it happens.

  • everton fc

    To me, the most obvious guy to bring here is Hayes. He and Johnny have had exceptional “chemistry” and results at “The Worlds”… Although Hayes is centering Gaudreau this week, he’s played right wing in this league. If they want to use him at centre, then perhaps Bennett plays LW off Monahan? Or, you go with Gaudreau-Monahan-Hayes, and your third line is Versteeg-Bennett-Ferland.

    We’ll never get Drouin, but Killorn’s an interesting player. Obviously Niederreiter is someone we have to ask about, but Minny would probably deal him out-of-conference, if possible. Hayes is also out-of-conference. Neiderreiter would certainly cost us our first and a propect of Andersson or Kylington’s level, would he not?? Our first and Gillies or one of our prospects would probably be enough for Hayes – but is it too much? Picking up Jenner might move Bennett to LW, and Versteeg to RW – a very nice looking line.

    As for Tom Wilson, I’d rather have Antoine Roussel – not on this list, but someone I’d love to see in a Flames jersey (imagine him on LW w/Bennett centering, and Versteeg on RW? Or better yet, Ferland??) Whomever typed “losing” Ferland – and in the same sentence as Lazar – madness! Ferland will be a 20 goal scorer next season. No one wants Lazar, as he’s unproven at the NHL-level. We hold Ferland as long as we can, as I see him as a definite part of our “core”. If management has the guts to leave him w/Gaudreau and Monahan, he’ll match Zucker’s goal totals.

    Why anyone would want to trade Ferland as part of a package for any of these guys… I’d move our first and one of Gillies, Jankowski, Kylington – even Andersson, and not even consider Ferland. And I still see Hayes as the potential best fit, of the group above, but Niederreiter as the best player. (Nick Foligno’s interesting, as well. Foligno-Bennett-Versteeg. I like that line. He’s a leader. But will also clear 30, in late October.

    • cjc

      *raises hand* I was the one suggesting Ferland could be exposed IF Calgary manages to acquire a winger like Neiderreiter, Zucker or maybe even Hayes as you suggest. Any of those guys would be an upgrade. Of course adding one of them means one spot left in the list Kent gave… I’d give that spot to Ferland over Lazar.

  • FlamesFanOtherCity

    I think you need to offer something that they don’t have to protect. 1st rounder is obvious.
    The area of strength we have in prospects is wingers and D-men.
    Hickey is still high on the list, but we also have Fox, Kylington, Andersson. Not to mention Falkowsky, who seems to be building a strong case for being in at least the AHL. Klimchuk is still the highest exempt player we have, but do we deal that player for a NHL player? Why not.

    1st, Hickey and Klimchuk.

  • Jumping Jack Flash

    I think Hayes is the most affordable option compared to the others on the list. NY was ready to trade him in 2015-2016 but he had a good year last year finishing 5th in team scoring. However, similar to Johnny he had a sub par post season. He had 3 points in 12 games and his ice time dropped in favor of players like Vessey.

    Assuming, that Tre is at the WC he is seeing the undeniable chemistry and a big RW with skill. As much as I like Johnny he does not appear to be an easy player to play with and Hayes and Johnny play summer hockey together.

    You can bet NY knows that Calgary could benefit Tremendously and push the price but unlike Nino it may not cost a key roster player. I could see the Rangers taking Kulak or Shink and a 2nd/3rd 2018… If we have them.

    The reason for the trade to happen is NY trades him out of conference and Calgary might be more motivated and pay more than other teams.

    • everton fc

      Give the Rangers the 16th and 21st pick – two in the first round. They haven’t had that in a while. Maybe throw in the rights for Brendan Smith (if he’d sign here, as a replacement for Engelland’s game?) and we move someone else the other way (the rights to Rittich?)

      Just thinking out loud here…

        • Willi P

          Agreed. Something bigger like 1st, Gillies, Ferland +salary guy to Rangers for Raanta, Kreider, Hayes. Solves two problems for the Rangers, Flames get top 6 upgrade(s) and goalie.

          • ThisBigMouthIsRight

            I don’t think Kreider fits the Flames needs, LW @ $4,625,000 until 2019-20… I’d take a pass on him. But Raanta…. He Should be the First target, add Hayes as a package? Sure… Say, Flames 1st, Gillies (or Rittich), Wotherspoon & Ferland? Poirier? Pribyl? Add Bouma and hope NY Doesn’t watch many Flames Games? lol 🙂 Hayes seems to be a guaranteed 15 goal guy… what is that worth?

        • Jumping Jack Flash

          Yes, Raanta and Hayes is going to cost a roster player, picks, and prospect. How about Chaisson, Gillies, Kjillington, 2018 First… Still might not be enough since the lose 2 roster players but gain youth.

          I really think people are under-valuing Rittich and sightless over – valuing Gillies and Kjillington.

          • everton fc

            I agree about Rittich. They won’t throw in Raanta, and if they do, the cost for us becomes too high… Perhaps. I’ll stand on not moving Ferland, as I personally see him as a core player – he’s a good playoff performer, as well. Our 1st, and one of Gillies or Kylington… For Hayes. Fox can replace Kylington, in terms of the prospect pool. Moving Mangiane, perhaps you backfill w/Dube. And so on. I’d rather have Fleury for two years over Raanta, if we could also dump Brouwer’s contract in the process. Brouwer’s contract has to at least be given high-priority, in terms of freeing up cap space…

          • Jumping Jack Flash

            Mangiapane is an interesting prospect. He seems to have a bit of a scoring touch that we desperately need. I thought Shink was going to be that player but he only shows flashes. Mangiapane seems to be a hard worker with a scoring touch while Dube is your typical high energy 4 th liner.

    • freethe flames

      How about a package for Raanta and Hayes; neither of whom I would give up a first for especially considering the likelyhood that they could lose one of them to expansion. Say a McDonald, Lazar(Klimchuk) type and the 1st for Raanta and Hayes.

  • Fan the Flames

    Neidderieter or Drouin would be a nice fit if they can be had with the #16 and a prospect . They are the right age and just getting to their prime . The cap may be a problem going forward . There are a lot of teams with exposure of top six players in the expansion draft the Flames are in a good position.

    • everton fc

      Drouin won’t move. And certainly not for a first and a prospect. And the Wild will ask for a lot when it comes to Neidderieter, and probably get it, as there has to be a team who could add him at the expense of another “protected” forward.

      I wonder how many guys are “protected” that would waive their NMC to be part of a package that wouldn’t hurt the Flames cap-wise, but also give the Flames “what we truly need” (be it a d-man, high-end prospect, credible RW…)

  • Jumping Jack Flash

    I would stay away from moving our 2016 picks since it could go down as our best draft ever. Parsons and Fox seem to be highly regarded while, Dube, Phillips, Etu, and Falkovsky could be pleasant surprises. Of course, the gem of the draft for us is MT….so far.

  • The Fall

    Johnny – Sean – ________
    Matt – Backs – Frolik
    ______ – Sam – _______
    Bouma – Staj – Brouwer

    Doug – Gio
    TJ – _______
    _____ – _______

    1 – _______
    2 – _______

    • Kevin R

      Agree, I would like to see Johnny, Sean with Nino or Drouin & then put Ferland with Bennett & Tkachuk & slot Janko with Backlund & Frolik. Let the rest of them fight for that 4th line.

  • Skylardog

    Gaudreau Monahan Drouin/Niederreiter
    Tkachuk Bennett Lazar
    Ferland Backlund Frolik
    Shinkaruk/Klimchuk/other Janko/Stajan Brouwer
    Extras Bouma, F Hamilton & Stajan/Janko

    Gio Hamilton
    Brodie Kulak
    Stone Andersson/Kylington/Bartkowski

    Elliot
    Rittich
    Gillies

    Not a great draft year. Drouin is well worth a this years first round and a top prospect. With Drouin not totally happy with the Bolts, suspect he is potentially available to Western Conf. team for the right price. I like Stone only to provide some stability for the upcoming year. This opens up 2 forward slots, 2 D spots, and a goalie spot for prospects in the organization. That is very valuable in the long term piscture. Lazar showed enough in his 4 games (0.75 points per game, only lower than JG), plus 2, playing against Washington, San Jose, and LA twice in those games. He is going to be a very special player, but needs ice time and the right line. Some time with Backlund and Frolik may pay dividends before he plays in the top 6.

  • Lucky 13

    I’m all for a top 6 winger for Gaudreau and Monahan.
    I’m all for a #1 goalie and a top 4 defence man.

    What is our biggest priority?
    Some say a top 4 d man, others say we need a legit #1 goalie.

    Personally, I believe our first priority should be stabilizing our goaltending. We can’t have a revolving door with goalies. We need stability there first and foremost!
    Get that first, followed by a top 4 d- man. Then look for the expansion draft possible casualties and see what shakes out.
    Niederreiter would fit the bill perfectly, possession guy with skills to match. I think it would be a pipe dream though as other teams will be willing to offer more than we are capable from a prospect/ pick pool. As others have mentioned, Hayes and Johnny have some chemistry and playing together in college and familiarity with each other makes more sense to me. Plus I’m sure Treliving is keeping close eye on IIHF with Johnny and Hayes.

    All I can say, is Treliving has a lot of options to consider this year, thanks to expansion.

    • ThisBigMouthIsRight

      100% Flames Need to solidify the #1 goalie first IMO, but the Flames Can’t Add a top 4 D-man until after the expansion draft, otherwise they could lose him to LV for Nothing(unless they make a side deal with LV Not to take him?)Flames are going with protecting 7-forwards 3-Defense and 1 goalie(I’m not sure if we have to have a goalie to protect at the time or not?) Same as if the Flames pick up a top 6 forward, Someone will have to be exposed who is currently protected, that most likely means by adding a top 3 RW there is the risk of losing either Ferland or Lazar (unless again they make a side deal with LV Not to take either of them).

      • freethe flames

        If we could add a young top 6 forward at the right cost I would risk losing Lazar. Also maybe Lazar has to be part of the package to acquire a top 6 RW. But you are right BT priority should be a Goalie, but again is there a possibility of doing both. Generally speaking I’m opposed to trading away a first rounder(especially considering we don’t have a 2&3 this year) but if the right deal was there for an under 25 forward and a goalie I think I would do it. 16th, one of Lazar/Shinkaruk/Klimchuk/Poirier( all former 1st rounders), one Macdonald/Scnieder/or the rights to Elliot/Johnson for Hayes&Raanta.

  • freethe flames

    Another guy I would be interested in Flames looking at acquiring from the Blue Jackets is Josh Anderson 6’2 215lb natural RW. He might be available at a lower cost than the other names we are throwing around here. Also we need to examine the teams that are likely to protect 4 defenders and see what fwds are available from these teams. The Ducks will likely protect 4 defenders is there a forward on the Ducks a 5/6 we might prefer to any of these names?

    • ThisBigMouthIsRight

      completely agree, I’m not sure why Anaheim wasn’t mentioned in the above article? Its not that easy to move a top 4 D right now due to the Expansion draft. How many teams want to put themselves in the same situation as the Ducks are in right now? -> None! and if there are a few teams available to do so, they know they have the ducks over a barrel when it comes to the trade negotiations. much like Pitts goalie situation or Minnesota’s forwards issues. Should be an interesting off season…

  • Eggs Bennett

    Maybe BT can pull another Dougie-like coup and get Nino for a first and a second.

    Oh wait, we don’t have any seconds. That Lazar trade is looking pretty awful right now. Not only did you give up a commodity that doesn’t need to be protected, but you force yourself to take on a protected player to make taking advantage of these other teams difficult. BT miscalculated on this one… OTT definitely won the trade