With most of the NHL teams putting the final touches on their preseason rosters, it seems curious that the Calgary Flames have yet to make a major trade. Mikael Backlund, Elias Lindholm, Chris Tanev and Noah Hanifin will be unrestricted free agents next summer.
If the Flames aren’t going to get these players re-signed, do they want to risk letting them walk away next summer without compensation?
The Boston Bruins are looking for a center and both Lindholm and Backlund could help the Bruins. Sportsnet’s Pat Steinberg has speculated that the Detroit Red Wings could be interested in a possible trade with Calgary. It does seem clear that Yzerman is pushing to get into the playoffs.
What you hear around the league is that salary cap issues have been the biggest impediment to Calgary making a trade. The Flames reportedly are trying to make some hockey trades. They will take salaries back. But the offers haven’t been good enough to satisfy general manager Craig Conroy.
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— Spector's Hockey (@SpectorsHockey) August 11, 2023
Red Wings Offseason
The Anaheim Ducks ($16.6 million), Chicago Blackhawks ($12.8 million), Buffalo Sabres ($8.8 million) and Nashville Predators are the only NHL teams with more cap space remaining than the Red Wings ($5.9 million). Detroit still needs to sign Joe Veleno
Red Wings in Case You Missed It
- Former Red Wings defenseman Slava Fetisov is trying to help Vladimir Konstantiov raise money for his care
- The Toronto Marlies signed 2019 Detroit Red Wings second round pick Robert Mastrosimone to an American Hockey League contract.
- Two members of the 2022-23 Detroit Red Wings are still looking for work in the NHL free agent market.
- Czechia NHLers gather to salute the memory of Petr Klima.
Hockey Now Network
Boston: Jimmy Murphy looks at whether the Bruins may be trying to sign former Flyers prospect Jay O’Brien. Boston Bruins.
Buffalo: Mike Augello takes a look at Sabres prospect Tyson Kozak. Buffalo Sabres.
Chicago: NHL pals skate with former Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa in an exhibition game in Slovakia. Of course, Hossa also played a season for Detroit. Chicago Blackhawks.
Florida: Eetu Luostarinen is a big part of the Panthers’ plans going forward. George Richards tells the story. Florida Panthers.
Philadelphia: The Russian Ice Hockey Federation is appealing the IIHF ruling on Ivan Fedotov. Philadelphia Flyers.
Pittsburgh: Dan Kingerski’s Penguins blog looks at some of Pittsburgh’s recent draft misses. Plus, he says how much he appreciated Mike Lange’s broadcasting for all of those years. Pittsburgh Penguins.
San Jose: Sheng Peng takes an early look at who the Sharks may use on the penalty kill in 2023-24. San Jose Sharks.
Washington: Former Red Wings player Anthony Mantha hopes to be leaner, faster, more explosive for the Washington Capitals in 2023-24