There’s an awful lot of chatter these days in the run-up to the 2021 NHL trade deadline on Monday. But from various sources, things are beginning to make it seem like we should expect a quieter than usual trade deadline for the Calgary Flames.
Here’s a quick round-up of what’s being said and/or written about the Flames.
First up, Elliotte Friedman pondered the following in his 31 Thoughts column on Tuesday:
13. I always cringe writing this sentence, but my sense is it’s very quiet in Calgary. They don’t have a ton of UFAs (Derek Ryan makes sense for Edmonton, and the two teams play on Saturday). Things can change, but I’m not hearing much.
14. Wonder if the Flames will give AHLer Adam Ruzicka a shot. He’s slowed down a little points-wise, but the soon-to-be 22-year-old centre had four straight three-point games earlier in the season. The reviews on him have been good, and it isn’t a bad idea to let the next wave get a taste.
Ruzicka has earned rave reviews in Stockton but, as you might imagine, the Flames would likely need to move an NHL body – either elsewhere or to the taxi squad or AHL – to open up an opportunity for Ruzicka.
On Tuesday’s edition of Insider Trading, the Flames came up. Here’s what TSN’s Frank Seravalli had to say:
The sense is all quiet on the Flames front at the moment. I think there’s a couple teams that are wondering if they might be able to get ahead of the roster reconstructive surgery that seems so apparent this summer with guys like Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau. And I think Flames GM Brad Treliving is open to doing just about anything at this point, but deals like that typically wait until the off-season. So in the meantime the Flames are taking calls and have received interest on pending UFA goaltender David Rittich. It’s been a little bit more quiet for a guy like centre Derek Ryan and some of the Flames lower priced pending UFAs. But at this point, all things point to probably a pretty quiet deadline in Calgary, guys.
And the Fourth Period’s David Pagnotta did radio earlier this week and the helpful Hockey Twitterverse provided a bit of a transcription of a Flames-related piece (albeit one that probably waits until the off-season).
Pagnotta really starting to believe Johnny Gaudreau won't be a Flame next season. Flames were very interested in Dubois and Anderson last off-season. Says Flames will look at Eichel this off-season.
— J (@Account4hockey) April 6, 2021