Updates on the Flames & Oilers – October 2, 2017
Flames reportedly talking to Jagr and the Oilers could use some blueline depth.
CALGARY SUN: cites TSN’s Pierre LeBrun yesterday reporting via Twitter the Calgary Flames are in talks with right wing Jaromir Jagr. The 45-year-old Jagr is an unrestricted free agent. He netted 46 points in 82 games last season with the Florida Panthers.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As LeBrun’s colleague Travis Yost recently observed, the Flames are lacking offense at right wing. They used Micheal Ferland, Michael Frolik, Curtis Lazar and Troy Brouwer on the right side during training camp and preseason. Not a lot of firepower there.
That they’re talking to Jagr indicates they want to bolster their depth at that spot. It could also be an indication of what little talent is available at that position in the trade market.
**UPDATE** The Flames have reportedly signed Jagr to a one-year contract worth a base salary of $1 million plus $1 million in bonuses.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: David Staples recently observed the Oilers have a lack of skilled depth among their bottom-three defensemen. If one or two of their top blueliners gets hurt it could become an issue over the course of the season.
Staples noted colleague Jim Matheson recently suggested the Oilers target the Vegas Golden Knights, who are in need of making some room on their crowded blueline. Matheson suggests Colin Miller or Jon Merrill as trade options.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: With preseason over and teams required to submit their cap-compliant rosters by 3 pm ET on Tuesday there could be some trade activity over the next couple of days. If the Oilers are keen to add some depth to their blueline, perhaps they’ll make that move soon.