The Calgary Flames had a very public breakup with veteran forward and future Hall of Famer Jaromir Jagr last month, and while it might have been the best decision for now and for the 45-year-old's future, the Canadian club is still left with a hole on the wing.
Calgary, who is currently sitting in the last spot of the Pacific division with 62 points en route for a playoff run, is looking to buy prior to the deadline and would like to add a scoring winger to their arsenal.
But there is one major issue.
NHL insider Pierre LeBrun has explained on Tuesday night's Insider Trading on TSN that the Flames do not have "a first or a second-round pick – those picks went in the Travis Hamonic deal last summer – so they have to be a little more creative."
However, LeBrun has revealed how the Flames could bring in many interested sellers by using a young goaltender as trade bait.
"And what I’m being told is that they might listen on a guy like Jon Gillies. He’s a 6-foot-6 beast of a goalie who is 24 years old. They’re loaded in goal as people know with Tyler Parsons to David Rittich, who by the way they might listen on him as well, but Gillies is the guy that I think Calgary would move in a potential deal that made sense for a scoring winger. Not a rental, but a player that can play past this year."
Gillies has played just two games in the NHL so far in his career, but has done well with the Stockton Heat in the American Hockey League this season. In 29 games, he has registered a 2.64 goals-against average and a .915 save percentage.
The New York Islanders are one team said to be scouring the market for help in between the pipes as the duo of Jaroslav Halak and Thomas Greiss has struggled this season. Isles GM Garth Snow is said to want to prove to captain John Tavares he is serious about being a long-time Cup contender, and the addition of a young goalie might be the step in the right direction.
The St. Louis Blues might also want to change their look with a younger backup netminder. The market is scarce for goalies out there, and Gillies could become a coveted piece.