Category Archives: Calgary Flames
Friedman on Treliving: "I think he'd like to add another forward and I think he's always sniffing on a goalie if he can find the right guy."
— Chris Nichols (@NicholsOnHockey) February 21, 2017
Understandably, a Dennis Wideman demotion doesn’t attract the same sort of front-page attention as Johnny Gaudreau’s.
It is, however, representative of one of the biggest problems the Calgary Flames have faced all season long.
This team is devoid of a quality no. 4 defenceman.
It’s part of the reason T.J. Brodie has struggled to regain the scoring touch and effectiveness he enjoyed last year while he was paired on the top line with Mark Giordano.
The rumor is still Kadri for Hamilton, however, one source tells me the Leafs will pitch for Hamilton even if Kadri isn’t involved.
*And no, the Flames aren’t shopping Dougie Hamilton.
Rumours, of course, started to swirl when Treliving was spotted at the Leafs game in Toronto against the Washington Capitals on Saturday.
Given Hamilton’s relationship to the Toronto area (he played junior in Niagara and grew up in Toronto) coupled with his rocky start to the 2016-17 season, the Maple Leafs’ rumoured interest in the top-four blueliner, and the fact the Flames were set to square off with the Leafs on Wednesday, the dots started connecting.
On goaltenders, Treliving confirms neither Hiller nor Backstrom will be back. Says they need to “solidify” position next season. #Flames
— Pat Steinberg (@Fan960Steinberg) April 11, 2016
Here are some of the candidates they’ll be looking at:
Is it big enough to transport Reimer’s home in Toronto to Calgary?
After all, this is one of the destinations Reimer could very well be eyeing up this summer when he decides where to sign as an unrestricted free agent.
Flames president Brian Burke joins James Duthie to discuss the interest in Kris Russell and when they may address their goaltender situation.
Calgary Flames GM Brad Treliving: He wants badly to be active and is willing to accept he hasn’t got a playoff team this spring. Teams are calling about veteran forward Jiri Hudler, who is an unrestricted free agent, along with defenceman Kris Russell. There was talk the Flames were going to re-sign Russell but the word is the two sides aren’t close to a deal but he could fetch north of $5 million on the open market and Calgary may not pay that out. Some wonder if Treliving will be able to get a goalie at this deadline.
The San Jose Sharks are looking for a backup goaltender, according to Friedman. The Calgary Flames may also be in the market for help between the pipes as a replacement for Karri Ramo, who was lost for the remainder of the regular season earlier this week. They can cross at least one name off their wishlist.
With 13 games on the docket before deadline day, the Flames GM is likely waiting for a hint from his inconsistent squad, and, in the meantime, hoping that his slate of soon-to-be unrestricted free agents — the most obvious trade chips — can boost their sagging stock over the next month.
And TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie added that one player who could be moved on the rental market is Jiri Hudler. McKenzie said that despite the Calgary Flames’ forward having an off-year, he could still be enticing to teams looking to make a playoff push.
This week, it’s Dennis Wideman and Kris Russell.
But when you’re a team that’s started the 2015-16 National Hockey League season as badly as the Calgary Flames have, trade rumours start to fly and speculation of shake-up moves begin.