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Report: Frolik, Bennett part of Flames trade talks with Minnesota for Jason Zucker

The Stanley Cup playoffs are winding down and for teams that aren’t in the mix, trade chatter is beginning to heat up. Per a pair of reports from The Athletic’s Michael Russo and Josh Yohe, the Calgary Flames have had discussions with the Minnesota Wild for a move involving Jason Zucker.

The Athletic is paywalled and we don’t want to completely blow up their spot, but here’s the gist of it (paywalled link):

According to Michael Russo of The Athletic, the Wild are actively shopping Zucker and have talked to Calgary about Sam Bennett and Michael Frolik; to Arizona about Christian Dvorak and Christian Fischer; and to Vegas about Jonathan Marchessault.

The context of the broader piece is about discussions the Pittsburgh Penguins have had with Minnesota regarding Phil Kessel. If you’re curious, there’s a lot going on league-wide right now.

As you may recall, Russo previously reported that the Flames and Wild have extensive conversations about a trade prior to the trade deadline that would have sent Frolik and the Flames’ first round pick in 2019 to Minnesota for Zucker. The deal fell apart at the last minute under foggy circumstances, but it makes complete sense that Flames general manager Brad Treliving and Minnesota GM Paul Fenton would reconnect after the season to see if they could make things work.

Frolik is entering the final year of a contract that pays him $4.3 million annually, while Bennett is a pending restricted free agent. Zucker is heading into the second season of a five year deal that pays him $5.5 million. Barring other players coming back, moving Frolik and Bennett for Zucker would (a) upgrade the Flames’ top six from an offensive standpoint and (b) create the chance to give Dillon Dube and/or Andrew Mangiapane additional ice time. It would make the salary cap a bit tighter for the Flames going forward, so it might need to be part of other moves designed to create some cap flexibility.

  • Franko J

    I had a inkling the trade rumours would resurface again between the Wild and Flames. Glad to see some kind of news coming about, whether it is true or not. Gets the juices flowing.

    However I wonder if Zucker looking for a fresh start? Why is Minnesota so interested in trading him?

    I think there are more pieces involved other what Pike has mentioned. Being the arm-chair GM my conversation with Fenton would be like this:

    Include Kunin with Greenway or Kaprisov and I might consider it. Might consider.

      • Franko J

        @ T&A4Flames:
        That would help our goaltending conundrum for next 2 years again. Not too bad of a contract, only a couple years and right in line I think for the expansion draft. Downside is the Wild have very few goaltending prospects in their pipeline and that being said I don’t think Fenton would trade him at this time unless he is getting back a goaltender of equal value.

        All speculative, how about Dumba and Hamonic included in the talks as well?

  • redwhiteblack

    I have seen enough of the Bennett. He is what he is, and often a liability in the 82 games required to get to the playoffs. If he stays here he needs to show up before the post season.

  • Dunk

    Tre is stupid enough to make that trade. Benny is the only flame that would go through a wall to win. He is future captain material. We should get rid of Tre before he makes another disastrous move…

    • KootenayFlamesFan

      I’m sorry, but from a historical perspective there is NOTHING that suggests Tre is that stupid. If Zucker was a UFA I’d be worried, but Tre has made very few poor trades in his tenure. IMO if Bennett is part of trade talks, there is much more to the deal than just Zucker.

  • HOCKEY83

    Absolutely no to zucker. He’s no better than frolik and costs more money. Sure he’s a few years younger but certainly not worth frolik and bennett. That would be a lost trade.