Flames Linked To Wild's Veteran Defenseman

The Calgary Flames may have had a lot of defencemen on NHL deals this season, but they lost a few and some of the others just weren't the quality of defender they would have liked. Oliver Kylington is still technically on the team, but missed the entire season. There is still no news on whether he will join the team next season or not. Because of that and seeing how the Flames will try to get back into the playoff picture next season, they will be looking to solidify their defence and ensure they have reinforcements.

With a need for a third pairing defenceman in Calgary, it appears as though they might have a trading partner in the Minnesota Wild. This is a team that is in a cap crunch and have a lot of defence to work with. Calen Addison and Brock Faber have both established themselves as NHL players and will be taking up spots on the roster. While Matt Dumba and John Klingberg aren't expected back, the Wild should be looking to move Alex Goligoski who didn't get into a ton of games for them.

Goligoski hasn't exactly fallen completely off, but isn't the underrated player he was a couple of seasons ago. The Wild don't exactly have the cap space to keep his $2 million on the books to only be used for 60 percent of the games whereas the Flames should have the space. Goligoski is a veteran and has a ton of more experience than any of the depth options they cycled through this season on the third pair. He has one year left on his deal that holds a no-move clause, but he might also want to get some playing time in. He would be able to do that on the Flames with little competition to keep him out of the lineup.

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