Flames look to circle back to a trade that almost landed them Minnesota Wild forward Jason Zucker at the trade deadline


The Calgary Flames came within inches of landing Minnesota Wild left winger Jason Zucker this past February at the NHL trade deadline. TSN insider Pierre LebBrun confirmed after the deadline that the Flames and Wild came really really close to a finalized deal. Both teams were disappointed that the deal fell through, reasons why are still unknown at this time. The deal would have seen 4 time 20+ goal scorer Jason Zucker dealt to the Flames in return for veteran winger Michael Frolik and the Flames 1st round pick in 2019.


After the Flames were upset in the first round of the playoffs by the Colorado Avalanche, the talks to bring in Zucker have resurfaced again. On the day of the Flames locker clean out and media availability day, Sportsnet hockey insider Elliotte Friedman joined Calgary sports radio, Sportnet 960 The Fan and stated that he can easily see the Flames circling back and revisiting this trade to get the deal done. Sportsnet 960 host, Dean Molberg asked Friedman if this trade will be revisited again and Friedman responded with:
Yes, I think it is possible. The only other thing is because it fell apart once, who knows where it stands but Minnesota wants to make changes, Zucker has a no trade list that kicks in on July 1st so if Minnesota is going to do this, they are going to do it before then.

Both teams are looking to make changes this offseason with Calgary making an early exit from the post season and Minnesota unable to make the playoffs. Flames forward, Michael Frolik had been a streaky point producer for the Flames this past season. His agent voiced his concerns online with his client’s ice time. The Flames will look to move on from Frolik and are potentially looking to move out James Neal’s large contract. Adding a player like Zucker would boost the Flames offensively as Zucker has produced 20+ goals 4 out of the last 5 seasons for the Wild.

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