Sunday NHL Rumor Roundup – February 6, 2022
WILL THE FLAMES PURSUE GIROUX?
CALGARY HOCKEY NOW: Steve Mcfarland points to Claude Giroux’s MVP performance at the 2022 NHL All-Star Game as justification for why the 34-year-old Philadelphia Flyers forward could help the Calgary Flames. They’re seeking secondary scoring depth and Giroux could address that need. Mcfarland envisions him as their second-line center with Mikael Backlund shifting to the third line.
Giroux can also skate on the wing, which would provide options for the Flames’ top nine. Mcfarland believes he’d adjust well to head coach Darryl Sutter’s system. He feels the Flames can send some salary to the Flyers and the potential for the latter to retain some salary could make the deal work.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It comes down to whether Giroux waives his no-movement clause. If he does, would he consider the Flames as a Stanley Cup contender or would he see another Western team having a better opportunity? One has to think he’d be interested if the Colorado Avalanche came calling. He could also prefer sticking with an Eastern club.
LATEST ON GIORDANO
NHL.COM: Seattle Kraken general manager Ron Francis intends to meet with Mark Giordano to discuss the 37-year-old defenseman’s future as the March 21 trade deadline approaches. The Kraken captain is slated to become an unrestricted free agent this summer.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Giordano seems likely to be shopped before the trade deadline if he and Francis cannot reach an agreement on a contract extension. Recent trade conjecture linked him to the Boston Bruins, Calgary Flames and Florida Panthers. We can’t dismiss the possibility of Giordano being traded to a playoff contender and then returning to the Kraken this summer as a free agent.
COULD THE RANGERS SHOP LUNDKVIST?
NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks suggests the rise of young Rangers defenseman Braden Schneider could make Nils Lundkvist “the blue chip most likely to be played approaching this year’s March 21 trade deadline” by the Blueshirts. He recommends they add a puck-mover who can beat a hard forecheck if they’re looking to bulk up the left side of their blueline.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Rangers could part with a promising young player for a return that provides significant help to their roster now. Lundkvist could be that trade option if they’re happy with Schneider.