February 17, 2019 | 9:50am ET
FLAMES GM CAUTIOUS OF THE RENTAL MARKET
Brad Treliving, GM
The Calgary Flames have been connected to having interest in such players Ottawa Senators right wing Mark Stone and New York Rangers veteran Mats Zuccarello, and GM Brad Treliving is believed to be weighing his options.
However, Treliving is also approaching the Feb. 25 trade deadline with caution, as he’s uncertain about entering the rental market and paying a high-price for a potential short-term addition.
“Every year, there are players on expiring contracts and they always get attention. Each year, especially in (Canada), it becomes bigger and bigger, gets more attention,” he said in an interview with NHL.com. “Traditionally, I haven’t been a big fan of the rental market. Expending assets for something short in time, that’s difficult in a cap-based system. We’ve spent picks before but all for players with term.
“We’ll have to see how it plays out. You stay in touch with the marketplace and talk to other teams, but we’ll wait and see and watch how things go. It can be a dangerous game, getting involved and spending a lot of assets for something that’s real short-term.”
The Flames have reportedly been eyeing the goalie market, as well, as the club is supposedly looking to acquire a veteran goaltender to share duties with or backup David Rittich.
Detroit Red Wings netminder Jimmy Howard is one reported target for the Flames – he’s in the final year of his contract and can become an unrestricted free agent July 1.
Howard currently sits No.15 on TFP’s Top 30 Trade Watch List.
Treliving has a decent amount of salary cap space to play with, should he opt to add a player or two ahead of the deadline.
Calgary’s pursuit of a top-six forward may also increase if the recently-injured James Neal is out for an extended period of time.