The Calgary Flames are looking for a right-side defenceman, so it’s safe to say Brad Treliving knows what he’s after as he heads out trick-or-treating this Halloween.
According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, the Flames are still trying to pad down that right side after the departure of T.J. Brodie.
Calgary did snag Chris Tanev from the Vancouver Canucks and the new guy has been vaulted right to the top of the, uh, right side of the depth chart. After him, the Flames are sticking with Rasmus Andersson.
Realistically, the Flames can slip someone from the left side over to the right side. But Treliving’s stated goal of seeking someone out on the open market reveals intriguing possibilities, either by trade or free agent hire.
At the top of the list for many has to be Travis Hamonic, someone Calgary knows well. He spent three seasons with the Flames before opting out of the NHL restart in the bubble. Vancouver talked things over with Hamonic before deciding on Nate Schmidt, so the 29-year-old is still a possibility to return to Calgary. He’s also stated that he wants to remain in the Western Conference.
Sami Vatanen is another idea worth exploring. The 29-year-old Finnish defenceman doesn’t have the greatest track record for injuries, but he’s among the best available players at his position.
Names like Andy Greene and Michael Stone are in the mix as well. The latter has an interesting history with the Flames, as they bought out the final year of his three-year contract after he cleared waivers in August of 2019 and then subsequently signed him to a one-year deal worth $700,000 about a month later.
The issue with any of these potential hires is money, of course. The Flames only have about a million to spend right now unless they make a move. That opens up the trade door, especially since Treliving wants to ink 23-year-old RFA Oliver Kylington sooner rather than later, and that opens up a whole new plethora of possibilities for Calgary this off-season.
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