NHL Rumors: 3 Calgary Flames Not Expected Back Next Season

The Calgary Flames felt the wrath of the Edmonton Oilers as the Battle of Alberta lived up to the name, just wasn't as long a series as most of us expected. The Flames were ousted in five games thanks to the Oilers superstars, and now some big decisions are coming for general manager Brad Treliving. Here's a few Flames who aren't expected back next season:

Sean Monahan

The Flames veteran center battled some major injuries in 2021-22 and never was able to get his game in order. Monahan was a regular in head coach Darryl Sutter's dog house and look for the player to seek a change of scenery this summer. The 27-year-old has one season left on his deal at $6.3 million and holds a no-trade clause protecting him against 10 teams of his choice. This past season he produced only eight goals in 65 games and expect to see the Flames gauge the interest on the trade market this summer. Considering the health of the player, production and contract, it's going to be hard for Calgary to accept the expected return at this point.

Trevor Lewis

As much as Sutter loves the player, Trevor Lewis is likely not going to be re-signed by Treliving. The checking forward tallied 16 points in 80 regular season games and chipped in nicely with five points in 12 Stanley Cup Playoff games. Lewis' market will be hot this summer as he has a boat load of postseason games under his belt (99). While Sutter will want him back, he may not get his wish as Lewis may price himself out of Calgary or perhaps someone offers him a two-year deal instead.

Calle Jarnkrok

While he wasn't expected to save the franchise, Calle Jarnkrok didn't live up to expectations for the Flames after acquiring him before the season's trade deadline. In 17 regular season games he didn't score and only recorded four assists, meanwhile collected four points in 12 Stanley Cup Playoff games. Expect to see Jarnkrok walk come July 13 when free agency begins, and look for him to return to the Nashville Predators this summer.

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