Not many expected the Calgary Flames to be in playoff contention by the NHL’s trade deadline, which is Monday, but here they are, fighting for a Wild Card spot in the Western Conference.
It’s an interesting position for the Flames, who entered this season in a rebuilding phase, to find themselves in.
They’re tied with the L.A. Kings at 70 points, but sit fourth in the Pacific Division and ninth in the conference. Both teams are in action Friday, although the Flames are right now without their top defenseman in Mark Giordano due to an undisclosed injury.
It is possible by Monday morning, the Flames are within that top-eight window, which begs the question: Will Calgary be a buyer at the deadline?
“We’re making up new terminology,” Flames GM Brad Treliving told NHL.com earlier this week.
“We’re in a stage here where the play of our team has put us in a position that you’d like to help. You’d like to be able to help for our stretch drive. Having said that, you also want to be careful and cautious of the type of … whether it be young players, young prospects, draft picks … that you expose in a situation like this. We’re like everybody else. We’re listening.”
On Friday, Treliving didn’t hide that he’ll try and be aggressive at the deadline.
“I wouldn’t say I’m close. Things can change. We’re talking. There’s lots of conversations going on,” said Treliving. “Are we imminent? We hope; we expect and anticipate to get some business done. But again, I don’t know. You need somebody to say yes on the other line too.
“So we’re going to be as aggressive as we can. We’ll see where that gets us.”