The Calgary Flames are expected to be buyers at the upcoming trade deadline, as they currently slightly out of the last Wild Card spot in the Western Conference in a tight playoff contention battle with the Minnesota Wild with 64 points.
An important acquisition at the deadline could push them over the edge, however, Flames general manager Brad Treliving has dismissed an important speculation of a major move, who could make them a stronger contender.
Sportsnet's Rory Boylen reports Treliving dismissed speculation he might make a trade to upgrade the right wing spot on his top line to replace current right winger Micheal Ferland.
“Looking to try to add something to replace Ferland isn’t correct. Micheal Ferland’s not going anywhere, he’s gotten great chemistry with those guys and has played well,” Treliving said to Sportsnet. “As good as Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau are, Ferly stands on his own two feet there, he’s not a third wheel. He’s been a big part of that line.
“Now, would you like to try to add some goals? Yeah, I think we all would. But guys aren’t just begging for you to take away players from their team that fit that description. Trying to find a fit, trying to find something that makes sense cost-wise and, quite frankly, in the past I haven’t been a big rental fan to start throwing assets out the door for that. But if you can find goals or try to find a way to tweak things and help your lineup, we’ll keep pounding the bushes to see what’s out there.”
However, renown rumor reporter Lyle Richardson of Spector Hockey believes the Flames could take a closer look at New York Rangers winger Michael Grabner. The Blue Shirts have been quite straight forwards about wanting to move big assets to focus on the future, and the Flames could find the right fit there.
In 54 games this season, Grabner has tallied 22 goals and 27 points, and could be the perfect offense boost the Flames are looking for. However, he would be expected to take Ferland's spot, and Treliving would have to change his speech.
Ferland has scored 20 goals and added 15 assists in 54 games this season with Calgary, so fans might be cheering for the team to keep him in place instead of making a costly move on the market.