The success of several Calgary Flames hid the fact that some other were struggling, but now that the Feb. 26 trade deadline is fast approaching, GM Brad Treliving might have no choice but to plan a move in the near future.
According to NHL Insider Elliotte Friedman, who spoke this morning on Calgary’s Sportsnet 960, Treliving has a special void he would like to fill ahead of the deadline en route for the playoffs.
“I have no doubt that Treliving is looking somewhere for a winger,” explained Friedman. “But the other thing I do like is I think the bottom-six was a bit of a mess. You can see Hathaway is starting to come on. I like Jankowski. But I wouldn’t be surprised if Treliving is looking for a winger.”
The Flames might already have specific places to go shopping for help on the wing, and Friedman revealed more details on what Treliving is looking for.
“I think he’s looking for somebody who can play high up in the lineup,” said the Insider. “Somebody who can score. I don’t want to start any specific rumors or anything like that, but I could see a Kane-like kind of guy. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s one of the teams checking in on Evander Kane."
The Flames have been mentioned as one of the teams interested in landing Kane from the Buffalo Sabres. If it is indeed the plan in the works, it would be a major move for Calgary.
“The toughest thing for Calgary is they gave up a lot of picks for Travis Hamonic, and I think that’s the kind of thing Buffalo is looking for. So I think that’s going to make it hard, unless he wants to deal away one of his goalie or defense prospects. I think it’s going to be tough to do it with draft picks.”
Will Treliving pull the trigger?