Flames GM: Trade rumour about replacing Ferland on top line ‘isn’t correct’
Unlike the New York Rangers, the Calgary Flames are set to be buyers at the NHL’s Feb. 26 trade deadline. Just don’t expect general manager Brad Treliving to make an official announcement about it on social media.
“We’re probably going to stay away from the press releases,” he said on Hockey Central at Noon Friday, alluding to the Rangers’ note to their fans that the team will be in sell mode.
The Flames, winners of three of their past four games, are rumoured to be interested in a scoring winger to add to their lineup, which is 13th in even-strength goals and 24th on the power play. And there is no shortage of those kinds of players on the market, whether they are rental players on expiring contracts, or if it’s a player with term, such as Max Pacioretty from Montreal or possibly Mike Hoffman from Ottawa.
Treliving stressed taking a wait-and-see approach. With still a little more than two weeks left until the trade deadline, there isn’t a definitive line of buyers and sellers. In the East, three teams currently on the outside of the playoff picture are within three points of getting in, while in the West, three non-playoff teams are within two points of getting in.
The Flames GM said that as the games play out over the next two weeks and those lines become more obvious, he’ll get a better handle on which teams really are in the seller’s market.
Even still, he stressed that adding a big-name player at the deadline guarantees nothing.
“You have to be careful with keeping up with the Joneses,” he said. “If you go back in time and really dig into it and look at all the deals that get done on deadline day for …read more