As they solution the 2018 National Hockey League trade deadline, the Calgary Flames are in a stable position. They sit firmly in the playoff mix it is a disappointing position because of all the moves they manufactured to enhance this summertime, but it is a favourable location when compared to their rivals like the Edmonton Oilers and Vancouver Canucks (who both sit in the vicinity of the league’s basement).
Possessing expended various large draft picks this summertime, the Flames will most likely bundle some prospective customers to enhance their offense or maybe even employ a roster participant or two to have interaction in an old-fashioned “hockey trade” – a swap of NHL roster players that aims to help both teams. Below are, in no specific purchase, the Flames’ 5 best trade chips heading into the Feb. 26, 2018 trade deadline.
A third round assortment by the Flames in 2012, Gillies is presently the starting up goaltender for their American Hockey League affiliate in Stockton. Just after his pro occupation was derailed by a lingering hip injury, he’s quietly emerged as a quite strong goaltender in the AHL. He’s possibly offered for two motives: his old AHL tandem-mate David Rittich arguably out-performed him over the previous two seasons and was rewarded with the backup job in Calgary, and 2016 next round assortment Tyler Parsons may possibly be the Flames’ vaunted “goaltender of the future” and requires actively playing time in the AHL to retain creating. Moving Gillies would open up up a location for Parsons and allow the Flames to recoup one thing for a participant that, although strong, has turn out to be rather of a redundant asset.
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At first regarded as a major-flight prospect in the 2015 NHL Draft, Kylington slid on draft weekend and finished up going to the Flames late in the next round. Just 20 yrs of age, he’s currently spent two seasons in the AHL as a teen. He’s a sleek-skating, puck-going blueliner with a handful of rough spots in his defensive game. But he’s a remaining shot defenseman in an firm that currently has Mark Giordano and T.J. Brodie under extended-phrase agreement, has youthful Brett Kulak actively playing often, and has 2017 very first round select Juuso Valimaki coming maybe as quickly as subsequent period.
Bennett experienced a effective rookie period in 2015-16 as a winger, but was converted to middle in 2016-17. The success have been instead inadequate, with Bennett failing to get a great deal traction possession-wise or make a great deal hay offensively – even when the Flames gave him strong veteran linemates. He’s been inconsistent in his return to the wing this period, but he’s however quite younger and has a ton of upside. If he’s a winger extended-phrase, he’s stuck guiding Johnny Gaudreau, Matthew Tkachuk, Michael Frolik and Matthew Tkachuk. If he’s a middle, he’s stuck guiding Sean Monahan, Mark Jankowski and Mikael Backlund. He could be leveraged in a deal to enhance the Flames’ scoring ranks, and could possibly benefit himself from a adjust in scenery.
There is almost nothing improper with Stone. He’s been a rock-stable third pairing defender for the Flames because they acquired him in advance of past season’s trade deadline, occasionally actively playing in the next pairing throughout Travis Hamonic’s brief injury absences. But with AHL All-Star Rasmus Andersson pushing for a bigger obstacle with his strong performances in Stockton, Stone looks the most obvious piece to shift to open up up a location on the blueline. Signed for a further two seasons at a manageable cap hit, Stone would give a further crew a trustworthy, reliable meat-and-potatoes defender.
If the Flames are hoping to make a pure hockey trade and enhance their forward group extended-phrase, they are going to most likely have to element with a person of their critical defenders. Mark Giordano is the crew captain and not likely to be moved. Dougie Hamilton has a skill-established that nobody else on the crew has, with his blend of pace, offensive awareness and dimension. He’s not going any place. Hamonic was just acquired at the draft and looks not likely to be moved. That leaves Brodie, arguably the most movable large-profile asset they have. He’s signed for two extra seasons and has a exclusive blend of pace and versatility. But he’s also been the defender who’s struggled the most over the previous handful of seasons – arguably ever because Hamilton arrived in city and was positioned in a pairing with Giordano. You have bought to give to get, and Brodie looks like an asset the Flames would be ready to element with if it gave them a further scoring winger.