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Could The Calgary Flames Make Another Big Move?

The Calgary Flames made the biggest trade of this offseason by shipping Matthew Tkachuk to the Florida Panthers for Jonathan Huberdeau and MacKenzie Weegar. GM Brad Treliving might not be done making moves before the curtain rises on the coming season.
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The Calgary Flames made the biggest trade of this offseason by shipping Matthew Tkachuk to the Florida Panthers for Jonathan Huberdeau and MacKenzie Weegar. General manager Brad Treliving might not be done making moves before the curtain rises on the coming season.

It's apparent that Treliving hopes to build up his roster. Calgary Hockey Now's Steve Macfarlane noted a remark that Huberdeau made during the press conference announcing his new eight-year contract. “He wants to build a good team; he wants to go get players,” said the new Flames winger.

Macfarlane wondered if Treliving will make another big deal this summer. He ruled out pursuing free-agent center Nazem Kadri as he's been linked to the New York Islanders. His suggested trade options included the Chicago Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews or Patrick Kane, the Islanders' Anthony Beauvillier or Josh Bailey, and the Montreal Canadiens' Josh Anderson or Christian Dvorak.

Flames winger Milan Lucic's name surfaced last week on social media. Citing the 33-year-winger's value as a team leader, Macfarlane doesn't see him getting moved unless it's to free up salary to acquire another major player.

Cap Friendly shows the Flames have $79.9 million invested in 20 roster players for 2022-23. There's not much room to add salary right now, though they could get some wiggle room if sidelined center Sean Monahan ($6.375-million cap hit) goes on long-term injury reserve to start the season.

Treliving has probably already made his big move for the summer. He'll likely wait until the 2023 trade deadline if he intends on making another significant acquisition. That's when he'll have a better idea of which areas of his roster need improvement and the cost of addressing them. 

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