The Calgary Flames lost again last night, falling 6-2 at home to the Washington Capitals.
The surprise team of 2014-15 is now 1-5-0 to start 2015-16. The Flames have been outscored 25-12. Their only win wasn’t even in regulation; it came in overtime.
So while it’s no surprise to learn that Flames GM Brad Treliving has been working the phones trying to make a trade, courtesy Sportsnet’s Mark Spector, the names reportedly being thrown around are certainly worthy of a raised eyebrow or two:
No small trade is going to fix his Flames, who are entirely broken right now, and word is out that Treliving is willing to talk about a very big deal if he can find one. We even heard that his conversation with Tampa Bay general manager Steve Yzerman was all about the Lightning’s obvious issues with signing soon-to-be unrestricted free agent Steven Stamkos.
The Flames would be willing to deal a top young player, perhaps Sam Bennett, to acquire Stamkos at this point.
Now, look, nobody’s saying that Stamkos is on his way to Calgary for sure. If you were a GM and you were talking to Yzerman, you’d probably ask how things were going with his pending UFA superstar, too.
But — but! — if Stamkos were to be traded, a young center like Bennett would be exactly the kind of player that Yzerman would no doubt request.
Anyway, Spector lists a few other Flames that could be trade bait (not necessarily as part of a Stamkos deal), so give his story a read.
One thing that Treliving definitely has to do is figure out his goaltending situation. The Flames still have three netminders on the roster, and that’s one too many. Unfortunately, neither Jonas Hiller nor Karri Ramo has played well so far, limiting their trade value, while young Joni Ortio has yet to make an appearance.
Ramo is a pending unrestricted free agent with a $3.8 million cap hit.