The Calgary Flames were frequently mentioned in NHL trade rumors during the offseason, specifically regarding Noah Hanifin, Mikael Backlund, and Elias Lindholm, but ultimately nothing came of these rumors.
The latest round of rumors have the Calgary Flames interested in Colorado Avalanche defenseman Samuel Girard.
Will the Calgary Flames make a trade for Samuel Girard?
The Avalanche decided to target Ryan Johansen in a trade with the Nashville Predators. This does not mean they do not have an interest in Backlund anymore.
NHL trade rumors are making the rounds that a blockbuster trade could be in the works between the two teams.
The Avs have defenseman Devon Toews to sign next offseason and no salary cap space. This leaves Samuel Girard as the odd man out and linked to the Calgary Flames.
The proposed trade:
To Colorado Avalanche :
C – Mikael Backlund ( $5.35 million with being a UFA in the summer of 2024 )
G – Daniel Vladar ( $2.20 million with two years left on his contract )
3rd Round Pick in 2025
To Calgary Flames :
LD – Samuel Girard ( $5 million with 4 years left on his contract. )
W – Logan O’Connor ( $1.05 million with two years left on his contract )
The above trade makes sense for both teams, as the Avalanche are seeking a depth center and a backup goalie. The Flames will need to replace Noah Hanifin at some point, and a trade for Girard makes sense for Calgary.