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Rumour Roundup: Flames looking for speed, toughness as deadline approaches

The All-Star Break is in the rear-view mirror and it’s time for the National Hockey League playoff races to heat up. As the playoffs get closer, so does the Feb. 25 trade deadline. Here’s a brief snapshot of what’s being said regarding the Calgary Flames and the upcoming roster deadline.

Mats Zuccarello

Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman and Jeff Marek briefly discuss Calgary’s potential interest in New York Rangers winger Mats Zuccarello on the latest edition of their 31 Thoughts podcast.

I think Calgary might have some interest in Zuccarello, or something like there as a depth guy. I think Calgary is looking for some depth on the wing.

Zuccarello, 31, carries a $4.5 million cap hit for this season and is a pending unrestricted free agent. He has eight goals and 24 points in 2018-19.

Micheal Ferland (and toughness)

In a radio hit on Ottawa’s TSN 1200, TSN and The Athletic columnist Pierre LeBrun shared his thoughts on what the Flames might be looking for prior to the trade deadline. As many have, LeBrun linked the Flames to Carolina Hurricanes forward Micheal Ferland (via Nichols on Hockey):

I think in terms of Calgary, it wouldn’t surprise me at some point in time if they phoned Carolina on Ferland. But some way to get some size up front. They’ve had a great year.

Ferland, 26, makes $1.75 million this season and is another pending UFA. He has 13 goals and 25 points this season with the Hurricanes.

LeBrun said he seems the Flames being aggressive, and noted that they were close to getting Ryan Reaves last summer – potentially an indication that they’d like a bit more size, snarl or toughness as they head into the meat grinder that is the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Ryan Dzingel and Gustav Nyquist

Our friends at TSN have been posting short video updates on many NHL’s clubs in their TradeCentre War Room.

In their latest update, Frank Seravalli and Craig Button link the Flames to Ferland, Ottawa Senators forward Ryan Dzingel and Detroit Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist. Dzingel, 26, makes $1.8 million this season and becomes a UFA on July 1. He has 20 goals and 38 points for the Senators this season. Nyquist, 29, makes $4.75 million this season, has a no-trade clause, and also becomes a UFA on July 1. He’s produced consistently (11 goals and 43 points) on a very lean Red Wings squad, and he’d likely be a big help providing the Flames with secondary scoring.

For what it’s worth, Ottawa-area reporter Kevin Vallee reported a couple weeks back that the Flames have chatted with the Senators regarding Dzingel. The asking price was reportedly a bit rich for the Flames – for now – but keep it in mind.

Common themes

The Flames are a potent offensive team, but it’s probably no shock that they’re being linked to several players that could provide them with secondary offensive help on the wings. Their first line seems locked in, but every other line can probably use a bit of offensive oomph once the postseason begins. Zuccarello, in particular, could be a nice fit as he brings a mixture of speed, skill and snarl to the wing.

The locals are definitely kicking tires on some roster additions, but what those upgrades could cost will ultimately determine what they do prior to the 1 p.m. MT deadline on Feb. 25. The likely asking price right now for anything of significance is a first round pick and a prospect.

  • withachance

    Not sure what’s going to happen, and obviously have my own preferences if I was the GM, but I get the sneaky feeling that BT is going to get creative and nab someone surprising.

    In BT we trust!

    • Heeeeeere’s Johnny

      And please recognize that this window will be open several years. While we are in good shape this year and it would be logical to consider going all in I would like to believe keeping our powder dry for the future is useful too. The in between spot is to focus on depth this year and spend some resources on restocking the pool. Depth D first, grit second, goalie third.

  • Jimmyhaggis

    Why would the Flames want Zuccarello, $4.5, 8 goals? Ferland is not the answer either, to prone to injuries, if the Flames thought he was that valuable they wouldn’t have traded him.
    Again all the chatter about forwards and defensemen when goaltending is the priority, in my humble opinion. Can you imagine if Rittich got injured? Say goodbye to a deep playoff run.

    • withachance

      Can you imagine if Vasilevsky got injured? Or Rinne? Or Hellebuyck? Or Andersen?

      Those teams probably wouldnt make it out of their conference either…

      • Bawcos

        Vasilevskiy did get injured and the Lightning rolled onward. If you remember, it was Domingue who stole the show against the Flames. And it was Saros, not Rinne, who was standing on his head when the Flames couldn’t beat the Preds. So yeah, BU Goalie is an issue.

          • Cfan in Van

            Brossoit is super interesting. I read an article about how he targeted specific strength training over the last year, because that’s the one element he’s always lacked. He was always great at tracking, and naturally ultra flexible, but lacked the strength to re position and react on secondary moves. He came out this season playing the best of his career after building up strength in those key areas. I’d love to have him back on board. Flames traded him in his very early days (still a who-knows prospect), but it was the Oilers that really juuuusst missed out on developing an awesome goalie. I do hate the Calgary let him go (with Horak) for Smid… That guy was pretty useless.

        • withachance

          We talking playoffs. You’d trust Domingue, Saros, or Brossoit to take a team to the finals??? Doubtful.

          Point in case, if any contender’s starting goalie gets injured, they instantly go from contender to maybes, not just Calgary. What if Rittich doesnt get injured? The team then wouldve wasted an asset for someone the team doesnt need

          • Hockeysense9393

            Domingue probably not; Brossoit only a maybe; Saros would be ok I’m thinking. The thing is, in the playoffs ya never know. Names are made in the playoffs from relative obscurity. Murray is a pretty good example. Ward is an example… Heck Brodeur and Roy are examples. There are even a lot more playoff heroes that you never really hear about anymore. The stars have to align, whether you have 1 or 2 solid starters. If your starter(s) go down, then maybe someone comes along and makes a name (dare we dream Parsons?) It happens all the time, and more often with a good team. So stop fretting and work on bigger needs. Maybe someone can identify a bigger goaltending market out there, but I don’t see it. BT and clan still looks at this year as a stepping stone to things that can happen. Not as a do or die window… Their plans go way beyond this year…

          • Heeeeeere’s Johnny

            And please recognize that this window will be open several years. While we are in good shape this year and it would be logical to consider going all in I would like to believe keeping our powder dry for the future is useful too. The in between spot is to focus on depth this year and spend some resources on restocking the pool. Depth D first, grit second, goalie third.

    • Albertabeef

      I know people think I’m crazy but this team can score so well it’s very possible Gillies could win a cup with this team. He could be awesome with a good team in front of him.

  • Ralph Waldo Emerson

    None of these. It is best not to disrupt a team that clearly has a successful chemistry and camaraderie both on and off the ice. Changes can be made in the offseason, come June, after this current team has held the cup of Lord Stanley aloft in the historic Saddledome.

  • MDG1600

    Why are so many people commenting as if the Flames will re-sign one of these guys and talking about who is a good long term fit? They are all UFA’s at July 1 and Calgary can’t afford to re-sign any of them. So Cap hit is pretty much irrelevant as long as they can fit them in for the balance of this year. All these guys are rentals so I wouldn’t overpay. If they can get one of them for a 3rd rounder and maybe add in a Spencer Foo or other fringe prospect then go for it. I wouldn’t want to see them pay more.

  • Hockeysense9393

    Everybody needs to understand something when it comes to Ferly…. BT has won the original trade and Carolina knows it…so selling Ferly back to the Flames may very well be too expensive just out of pure implications. Could you just imagine if you were the GM that just pulled that one sided deal (last summer), just to trade away an asset back to the team that fleeced you…to help them win a cup? I’m thinking that is a story most GM’s want to just avoid because what it could mean. I could be wrong…but I can’t see Ferland even being a thought back in Calgary.

  • Pizzaman

    I will be at Sens Wings game in YOW Saturday night and see both Dzingel and Nyquist. They make more sense than Ferly or Zuccarello. Ferly is inconsistent and basically Burke implied he is a head case. Zucca is old small. Nyquist could be unleashed on a good team, and we got Swedes to play with.

  • Em Durp Em Hrudey

    Another target on my radar would be Chris Kreider from the NYR. It would cost the Flames to get him if NY was even willing to listen, but this is the type of player that can push a great team to an elite team. If I was GM I would at least inquire. Just my thoughts.

      • Em Durp Em Hrudey

        You dont have to be a jerk WW. I know its your thing, but not interested in engaging in your childish games. My “connection” is now in Spain, so yeah out of the loop. At least your not hiding behind your “imposter” account today!

        • The GREAT WW

          You remind me of a guy who use to post here.
          He would always post: “a huge Flames trade is about to happen!!!! I have a good source!!!”

          No trade ever materialized….

          I think his name was Stajansdirtyboot or something like that.

          I hope your source is better than his was…


          • Em Durp Em Hrudey

            Yes you got me WW….saying I would like to see Kreider in a flames Jersey is completely the same as someone announcing a “huge trade”. Seek attention elsewhere. I was BringBackStajan not dirtyboot fyi.
            His 22 goals and 15 assists would fit in just fine on the Flames.

  • Eggy

    I like Dzingel too bad they might be asking for too much also really like Nyquist on our team and zucc as a rental and idk I really like him and I’m norwegian so I like him a little more but not a huge fan of rentals could work tho

    • Jessemadnote

      I think Dzingel is more a byproduct of playing with Duchene and Stone than anything. I don’t know how well he’d fit in our bottom six. He’s not overly physical and seems to be getting a bit lucky with his percentages.

    • Hockeysense9393

      A good mentor to MEP ?? Phenom has a chance to be the best Norwegian in history..! A line (and a half) of Norwegian-Slovakians with constant international exposer. I can see the future… Zucc is a must!!!