NHL Notebook: The latest on the Calgary Flames and trade talks about Luke Schenn and Anthony Duclair and Jakob Chychrun to remain healthy scratched until trade
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By Zach Laing1 month ago
It was reported last week that the Calgary Flames were believed to be one of the teams interested in defenceman Luke Schenn from the Vancouver Canucks.
Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman was the one who reported the news saying that the interest could stem from Chris Tanev’s injuries.
Friedman had more to say on Monday’s edition of the 32 Thoughts podcast.
“I think Calgary’s there.” [e.g., there are many teams looking at him, Calgary is there among those teams]
Suspicion is this gets done fairly soon because Schenn being held out from a recent game spooked teams and may have accellerated things.
It wasn’t the only report by Friedman pertaining to the Flames, either, as he said they’re believed to be one of the teams that could be interested in Anthony Duclair. The main idea behind it? Getting Jonathan Huberdeau going.
Friedmen: I wonder, and this is just my opinion, is if Calgary tries to see if they can get Anthony DuclairMarek: Because they need more speed?EF: You need to solve this Huberdeau problem. I think they have one question they have to solve more than anything else and that is how can we get Jonathan Huberdeau comfortable. He played with Duclair and Bennett. I’m not expecting them to trade for Bennett, the Flames.JM: I think that ship has sailed.EF: But I wonder about a guy like Duclair because Huberdeau needs somebody with speed who can back away the defence, and Duclair’s that kind of guy. I don’t know if it’s possible, it’s just something I was thinking. I spent a bit of time last week wondering about how do you solve this Huberdeau issue if you’re the Flames and you need a player like that. I wonder if they have any interest in him at all. But of course, he has to get healthy. He hasn’t played yet.
Duclair is working his way back from an Achilles injury with the Florida Panthers and given their cap constraints, there’s talk he could be available in a trade.
The Arizona Coyotes will be indefinitely healthy scratching Jakob Chychrun as the team looks to trade him. Chychrun was healthy scratched by the team Saturday.
Our own Mike Gould wrote about things over at Daily Faceoff today.
Coyotes head coach Andre Tourigny made the reality of Chychrun’s situation very clear in his media availability on Monday afternoon: “He will remain out of the lineup until something happens.”Chychrun missed the Coyotes’ 6–5 overtime loss to the St. Louis Blues on Saturday for what the team called “trade-related reasons.” The same policy will be in effect on Monday evening as the Coyotes take on the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena.Having been on the trade block since the start of the 2021–22 season, Chychrun’s name has circled the rumor mill with increasing frequency as the Mar. 3 trade deadline nears.The Coyotes originally selected Chychrun in the first round (No. 16 overall) of the 2016 NHL Draft. The 24-year-old defenseman has seven goals and 28 points while averaging 23:16 of ice time in 36 games with the Coyotes this year.Chychrun is under contract with the Coyotes at a $4.6 million cap hit through the end of the 2024–25 season. His deal does not include any trade or movement protection.Through 373 career NHL games with the Coyotes, Chychrun has amassed 60 goals and 170 points. He helped the Coyotes reach the playoffs in 2020 and has averaged at least 20 minutes per game in each of the last six seasons.
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