The Calgary Flames want to test the trade market before firing anyone
- Bob McKenzie doesn’t believe the struggling Calgary Flames are considering replacing Bill Peters as head coach.
- He reports general manager Brad Treliving is trying to shake things up with a trade but there’s nothing imminent on that front.
- Darren Dreger said there’s ongoing speculation over the availability of certain players like Mark Jankowski, Oliver Kylington and Michael Frolik.
- He also suggests the possibility of moving defenseman Travis Hamonic as the trade deadline creeps closer, though they could also retain him if they’re a playoff club by that point.
- Hamonic is slated to become an unrestricted free agent next summer.
- The Leafs ongoing struggles raised questions about coach Mike Babcock’s future in Toronto.
- McKenzie doesn’t believe the Toronto Maple Leafs are predisposed to a coaching change in-season.
- However, the Leafs can’t afford many more games like their 6-1 loss on Saturday to Pittsburgh.
- James Mirtle of The Athletic wonders what the Leafs will do with Tyson Barrie as his poor start continues to worsen.
- The defenseman recent play and tiny salary ($2.75 million) makes it hard for the cap-strapped Leafs to get a decent return.
- Mirtle suggests a deal for Colin Miller, who seems to have fallen out of favor with the Buffalo Sabres.
- He also proposed a deal with another club that retains salary to get the contracts to match, pointing out the Leafs showed off-season interest in Flames rearguard TJ Brodie.
- Emily Kaplan from ESPN thinks the Leafs should address their backup goalie issues by trying to acquire Casey DeSmith or Tristan Jarry from the Pittsburgh Penguins.
- Greg Wyshynski suggests they should go further by flipping Barrie and a sweetener to the Penguins for fellow UFA defenseman Justin Schultz.
- A coaching change appears more likely in Toronto than Calgary.
- With the Leafs winless in six, Babcock’s future remains a hot topic.
- We’re also hearing more trade rumblings regarding the Flames than the Leafs, though that doesn’t mean the latter isn’t exploring the market.
- Cap Friendly indicates the Flames and Leafs have limited salary-cap space.
- If they’re going to deal with each other, it’ll likely have to be dollar-for-dollar.
- Given Brodie’s recent medical scare, he’s not going anywhere for the time being.
- The Leafs can’t afford to take on Schultz’s $5.5 million cap hit unless the Penguins absorb a big chunk of it, which they’re unlikely to do.
Sources & Credits: Bob Mckenzie, Emily Kaplan, Greg Wyshynski, Darren Dreger, James Mirtle, Spectors Hockey
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