Insider Pierre Lebrun Drops A Bomb In Regards To Canadian Team

Published November 15, 2023 at 1:56 PM
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The Calgary Flames start to the 2023-24 season has been less than ideal, and now, it appears as though a fire sale is on the way under first year General Manager Craig Conroy.


The Calgary Flames are ready to trade some of their biggest names



In his recent piece, Pierre LeBrun has gone over the rumblings around the NHL, and it's safe to say the Flames are heavily involved, with the team now reportedly listening to offers on all of their pending Unrestricted Free Agents.


That's a list that not only includes Nikita Zadorov, but Noah Hanifin, Chris Tanev and Elias Lindholm, and while Conroy refused to comment, front offices around the league are ready to pounce.

Nikita Zadorov's trade request made headlines Friday, but it was just a part of a bigger-picture reality for a Flames team that sounds ready to shift gears.

With GMs gathering in Toronto the past couple of days, word spread on the fact the Flames are willing to listen on most of their pending unrestricted free agents, a list that includes Zadorov but also Elias Lindholm, Noah Hanifin and Chris Tanev.

Flames GM Craig Conroy politely declined to comment on the team's plans Tuesday, but the buzz is growing from front offices around the league.


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Beyond that, he notes that the Flames rumoured deal with Noah Hanifin was close to $60 million, and it's safe to say the team are happy that he didn't make that deal after all.

Hanifin came very close to signing a sizeable extension a month ago (believed to be close to $60 million) but decided to hold off to see how the season started. Now that ship has sailed. For both parties.

But whether it's Hanifin or Tanev or Lindholm, teams showing interest also will potentially want to talk extension, so they're trying to gauge that part of it, too. We could see an extension as part of a trade with these players, which would help the Flames garner more in return.

There's no urgency to any of this. The Flames have until the March 8 trade deadline to figure it all out, but they are for sure in listening mode, looking to reset their roster to some degree and get high-end future assets. And that's dominating chatter across NHL circles.

With so many players ready to be traded, the Flames are going to take their time, but with many teams already interested in Zadorov and Tanev, it's only a matter of time until their other free agents begin drawing heavy interest as well.



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