NHL Rumors: Flames, Oilers, Blackhawks, Babcock News

In today’s NHL rumors, the Calgary Flames may be considering moving a defenseman to land another top-six forward. Who could be moved in order to complete the offence? The Edmonton Oilers have started talks with the Chicago Blackhawks over Patrick Kane, but a scribe thinks they should go after a specific defenseman.

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Why doesn’t it really work? Speaking of Kane, when is he ready to move? Finally, Mike Babcock resigned as coach of the Huskies. Will he return to the NHL?

Are the flames likely to make another move?

Calgary Hockey Now’s Steve Macfarlane writes that because the Flames have 10 defensemen on one-way contracts, it’s likely the team will decide to send one and try to land a forward in a trade. Speculation is that they want to add a front nine winger, perhaps someone who can play in the top six.

Oliver Kylington Calgary Flames
Oliver Kylington, Calgary Flames (Amy Irvin/The Hockey Writers)

Among the names mentioned who could be sacrificed from the blue line, 23-year-old defender Juuso Valimaki was discussed. The problem here is that this player’s trade value isn’t high and moving him might not net what the Flames need. There’s talk the teams will call about Oliver Kylington and Noah Hanifin, but the Flames are unlikely to be interested in moving either player.

Mcfarlane has tossed around a ton of forward names the Flames could be looking at, but the salary cap will play a part in adding a player with a big contract.

Greasers and Chychrun are not suitable

Allan Mitchell of The Athletic looked at some potential trade options for the Oilers at the NHL’s trade deadline this season. He brought up the Patrick Kane rumors but felt Edmonton would be in a better position to go after a defenseman. He writes:

Patrick Kane’s conference is in full swing in Edmonton, outsiders might think it’s impossible, but the sun never sets on the Oilers there. Kane would be a nice addition, but the club may be in greater need at the trade deadline.

source – ‘Lowetide: 9 bold Edmonton Oilers predictions for 2022-23’ – Allan Mitchell – The Athletic – 8/24/2022

Jakob Chychrun Arizona Coyotes
Jakob Chychrun, Arizona Coyotes (Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers)

As for what might be the most pressing need, he mentioned a defender and said: “Don’t count on Jakob Chychrun.

The problem with Mitchell’s theory is that Chychrun’s current asking price is two first-round picks. Since general manager Ken Holland came on board with the Oilers, he hasn’t traded a single first-round player. He might be convinced to give up one this year, but certainly not two. That’s not even a price Holland would consider.

Kane doesn’t want to be traded before the start of the season

Frank Seravalli reports that the news that Patrick Kane was willing to give up his no-trade, no-move clause to go to another team hasn’t changed. Seravalli had learned that Kane didn’t want to be moved before the start of the season and he still is. If he is going to accept a trade, it will be closer to the trade deadline.

Seravalli also notes that teams that have inquired about Kane’s availability — the New York Rangers, Oilers, Toronto Maple Leafs and others — have heard the same thing.

Mike Babcock resigns as Huskies coach

Former NHL coach Mike Babcock has announced that he has officially resigned as head coach of the Huskies. He spent just one season as head coach and led the team to a 14-9 record before losing to the Calgary Dinos in a best-of-three series in the quarterfinals of Canada West. The Huskies have announced that Babcock’s assistant coach, Brandin Cote, will take over as interim coach.

Former Toronto Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock has resigned as coach of the University of Saskatchewan men’s hockey team after just one season at the helm https://t.co/ qfaYbIW4ue

The timing of his resignation is odd, leading some to wonder if he intends to return to the NHL. He’ll struggle to land a job over someone like Barry Trotz, and he’s still being paid by the Toronto Maple Leafs. He’s unlikely to back down any time soon.


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