With a number of players set to become free agents this summer, the Flames have plenty of attractive pieces available for rent.
Forwards Michael Cammalleri, Lee Stempniak and Matt Stajan, and defenseman Kris Russell are among Calgary’s pending unrestricted free agents, all of whom could moved by the deadline.
Goaltenders Jaroslav Halak and Brian Elliott have a combined .833 save percentage in those games, with Halak pulled twice and Elliott once. Halak has been pulled four times this season, overall. The Blues have a great team, but they need a true starting goalie. They won’t give up their best prospect, forward Dmitrij Jaskin, but I can see them moving former Oiler Magnus Paajarvi and their first-rounder, plus Halak would be in play.
In a wide-ranging interview with the 58-year-old acting GM, Burke told the Calgary Sun nobody has pitched him on peddling his first-round draft pick, which will undoubtedly be a top-five lottery selection this summer.
More importantly, he says he sees no scenario in which he will offer it up.
“No — it’s not in play,” said Burke, who has spoken sparingly as promised.
“We’ve had no inquiries — people wait to see the draft sequence.”
The second crossroads will come with the NHL trade deadline on March 5. Only four regular-season games will have been played after the Olympic break, so the Blue Jackets will need to have determined whether Gaborik’s style of play meshes with the rest of the roster.
The Blue Jackets and Gaborik have had no contract talks to date, and there have been no indications they are interested in signing him to an extension.
General manager Jarmo Kekalainen would not comment, but it’s possible Gaborik, if healthy, could be traded at a second straight deadline.
So where do things stand between Nazem Kadri and the Maple Leafs?
Here’s the best way to put it: The Leafs haven’t put a ‘For Sale’ sign on Kadri yet, but they are entertaining offers for the young centreman and not discouraging anyone from making them.
And the surprise to date: The large number of teams kicking tires on Kadri and appear to have some interest.