Report: Flames and Sens trade talk heating up in a big way

Flames have locked in on their trade target.

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The Ottawa Senators are one of the centres of the trade universe this season. It was reported near the end of 2017 that they were open for business, and virtually no one was untouchable.

Surprisingly, no trade has been made, and the team is as bad as it was when the news was made public.

With the trade deadline rapidly approaching, and the buyers and sellers picture becoming much clearer, the expectation is that the Senators start dealing away players - it's just a question of whether they shake hands on some trades before the deadline or wait until the 26th.

One team that has reportedly been heavily scouting the Senators are the Calgary Flames.

In a recent radio hit, Elliotte Friedman discussed the players that Calgary has had its eyes on. Mike Hoffman and Jean-Gabriel Pageau are the usual suspects, but it's believed that their price tags will be higher than what Calgary is willing to pay.

Zack Smith, according to Friedman, appears to be the Flames' top target, and he shouldn't be too expensive to acquire. With 4 goals and 14 points in 39 games this season, he's not exactly a production dynamo. He scored 25 goals a couple seasons ago, but he's never gotten anywhere close to that at any other point in his career.

He plays a rough game, and can still contribute offensively better than most who play his style of game. While not a unique breed of hockey player, he has his value, and use to a playoff team.

The price is likely in the neighbourhood of a second or third round pick. As the Flames only have a third round pick this year, and don't have a second or third rounder in 2019, they may have to get creative if they want to make a deal work.