Latest Oilers and Flames Speculation – March 23, 2018

by | Mar 23, 2018 | Rumors | 26 comments

Could the Edmonton Oilers and Ottawa Senators swing a trade this summer? Wil the Calgary Flames shop for a first-round draft pick? The latest in your NHL rumor mill.

Nearly a month following the NHL trade deadline, the “Mike Hoffman to Edmonton” speculation persists. (Photo via NHL Images)


FANRAG SPORTS NETWORK: Chris Nichols cited Darren Dreger’s Thursday morning appearance on Edmonton’s TSN 1260 discussing the Ottawa Senators and Edmonton Oilers, who faced off against each other later that evening. Dreger noted the trade chatter linking the Oilers to Senators winger Mike Hoffman leading up to last month’s NHL trade deadline. While the Senators are retooling instead of rebuilding, Dreger doesn’t rule out the possibility of Hoffman becoming available this summer if the Sens decide to move assets under contract beyond this season.

Bob McKenzie, meanwhile, appeared on Ottawa’s TSN 1200 where he was asked about the possibility of the Oilers and Senators making a mutually beneficial trade this summer. He noted the recent speculation linking the two clubs arising from Senators general manager Pierre Dorion’s appearance at a couple of Oilers games. That sparked some media talk suggesting a swap of Hoffman for Ryan Nugent-Hopkins but McKenzie doesn’t think there was anything to it. He also doesn’t know if the two clubs will make a deal this summer. “Your guess is as good as mine on that one,” he said.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: While anything’s possible, the Senators appeared reluctant to move Hoffman before the trade deadline. As McKenzie pointed out, Hoffman’s developed a solid chemistry with center Matt Duchene and left wing Ryan Dzingel. Sens management could prefer keeping that line intact beyond this season. While there’s a belief the Oilers could peddle Nugent-Hopkins this summer for a scoring winger or a defenseman, he was among the few bright spots in an otherwise forgettable season for Edmonton. They could explore other ways to address their roster needs without moving RNH.


SPORTSNET: In his latest “31 Thoughts” column, Elliotte Friedman reports the word out of the recent NHL general managers’ meetings is Calgary Flames GM Brad Treliving will look to add a first-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft. The Flames dealt their pick last June to the New York Islanders as part of the trade that brought defensman Travis Hamonic to Calgary.

FANRAG SPORTS NETWORK: Chris Nichols cited Pierre LeBrun’s appearance Wednesday on Toronto’s TSN 1050 discussing the Flames disappointing season. He thinks Treliving faced a lot of pressure leading up to the recent trade deadline to bolster the Flames’ scoring. However, he likely found the asking prices for players such as Montreal’s Max Pacioretty and Ottawa’s Mike Hoffman to be quite expensive.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Flames have gone into a free-fall over the last month, dropping nine of their last dozen games to tumble well out of playoff contention. While they won’t blow up the roster, they must bolster their secondary scoring and bring in a reliable backup goaltender for starter Mike Smith.

Pursuing a first-round pick could cost the Flames a young player off their current roster. Perhaps it could be part of a larger deal where the Flames also try to add some secondary scoring. Perhaps the Flames could instead consider another coaching change. While they certainly have a couple of roster issues to address, their recent tailspin suggests they could benefit from a different voice behind the bench.



  1. Pacioretty amd Lindgren would work for Calgary, but the return would have to be some sort of C/D combo.

    • That offer could work for RNH as well, especially if MTL was willing to take on Lucic, Some salary retained, in the deal.

      • Nuge not going anywhere. Best line in hockey at the moment with Rattie and some McDavid kid! lol

    • I think Lindgren would be great for Calgary. Definitely a starter in the future. But with Price there he will have to wait forever. Pacciorety needs a change of scenery and could compliment the young group of forwards in Calgary quite nicely. Both Edmonton and Calgary could be like Winnipeg and have bounce back years next season.

  2. It will be interesting to see how, or if, Treliving will get a first round pick. I honestly don’t see how unless he trades one of Monahan, Gaudreau, or Hamilton to get one. T.J Brodie hasn’t lived up to his contract he signed a couple years ago. Suppose they could package Fox or Juuso Valimaki to get one but with Fox’s recent decision to return to college for his last year may keep some GM’s away in fear of him not signing a contract before August 2019. At that point he will become a UFA.

    • Brodie’s cap hit is $4.6 mill, how has he not lived up to that? I would think they could easily turn him into a first round pick, it makes no sense to trade Valimaki who was last years 1st round pick to get another one and I doubt Fox would even get close to getting a 1st rounder back.

      IMO they need to turn Brodie into a solid top 6 right winger.

      • The 2 season before he signed his current contract he was a over 40 point d-man and had a positive +/-. The last 2 seasons his production has dropped and last season he was a -16 and is at -16 so far this season. At the age of 27 you would expect him to get better not worse. At a $4.6mill cap hit you would expect him to be at least a sold number 3 d-man who could move up to the top pairing the odd time you would need him to. Right now at best he is a number 4 on a non playoff team.

      • The first season of his new contract he had 45 points last year 36 and this year he currently has 32 points which is pretty much his career average. This is the 3rd year of that contract,

        I would say he is a solid 2/3 dman who has already shown he can move up and down as needed. Hamonic and him just don’t pair well but they have been forced to play together all year because the coach is smarter than everyone else.

        I think they would have no problem moving him at all and could easily get a first with a decent prospect.

      • Sorry, you are correct about his contract years.
        IMO these last 2 years he hasn’t lived up to his expectations or his cap hit and isn’t worth a first round pick or a decent prospect.
        This is a quote from an Eric Francis article from 4 days ago. “The freewheeling Brodie struggled all season long with endless giveaways and positional breakdowns, making Hamonic’s job as a first-year Flame a tough one.”
        That type of d-man is not a 2nd or 3rd d-man, IMO.

      • Maybe send him to Detroit for Nyquist who has a similar contract.

    • Maybe Bennet/Valimaki to Montreal for Pacioretty/Lindgren.

      Lindgren is a quality goalie.

  3. I think RNH and McDavid look good together, he could be the answer to the winger they need for McDavid’s line.

    The Flames are mess if you ask me, that team is built to be middle of the pack nothing more.

  4. Send Dougie Hamilton and a decent center prospect to TO for a first round pick, third round pick, Rosen and/or Carrick, Fredrick Gauthier or Josh Lievo, and the rights to Marincin if they want them.

    The Flames get picks they need, a decent young defense man, a decent bottom six forward, and a good AHL defenseman if they want him. TO gets the defense man they need, a center prospect which is in short supply in the Leafs system, and clear some spots in their 50 protected spots.

    • sigh

      • You ain’t kiddin’, Chrisms.

    • Why would Calgary trade their 1/2 dman for a bunch of players that can’t crack the NHL on a regular basis? If Carrick is a decent young dman then let him develop and play him in Toronto.

      What is your logic here? Calgary needs a 1st pick so bad they are willing to gut their D-core?

    • wow. I’m a true blue leafs fan and id have to say I would be super embarrassed to have even proposed this trade.

    • It’s a toss up as to who comes up with the silliest trade ideas, Leaf fans or Penguin fans. (Chrisms aside)
      I’ll trade you that wrinkled old $20 Bill for these 5 brand new $1’s.

    • If Leafs get Hamilton then Calgary get Nylander or Marner wake up Tugboat.

      • Now that would be an interesting trade Obe.
        Not sure what Cgy will do, to me it seems that whatever D get’s paired with Gio looks like a star, as Brodie did. Agree with Dino, Brodie and Hamonic have not meshed. Hamilton can look like a world beater at times on offence but leaves you wanting more everywhere else. Still a very effective offensive player.
        Calgary could just go after JVR to add the scoring winger they need.

  5. Flames will be active in the UFA market JVR is an ideal target . Stajan is done 3m they should be able to afford someone. Leave the Defence

  6. The chemistry of Duchene and Hoffman is a valid point to bring in when advocating for the Sens to keep Hoffman. McDavid and RNH are showing some great chemistry as well since being put on the same line together.

    It seems it will be tough for either team to part with either guy.

    • Edm needs to add jvr and keep rnh. Trade some prospects and go for it.

  7. After reading the comments maybe I am overestimating the Flames need for picks to build for the future? One thing for sure some of you gave me a reality check. Thanks for that.

  8. Pacioretty and Lindgren to Flames? Monahan would have to be part of the return and Hamonic or Hamilton. Why would Habs trade patches for a centre when they’ve been trying to get him a centre. Patches salary is affordable and he can bounce back. Habs should consider trading Price, the return Nashville & Colorado got in the Duchene deal, imagine the return for Price. Could turn them into legit contenders considering Lindgren is ready. right return and cap space savinngs could entice Tavares also.