Insider Provides Latest on Dan Vladar Trade Talks

Several trade offers have come in for Calgary Flames' goaltender Dan Vladar — a backup who's shown himself to be a capable NHL netminder. But new GM Craig Conroy, according to a new report, seems to be waiting for an offer he can't refuse.

David Pagnotta of the NHL Network and The Fourth Period says that there is indeed interest being generated for the 25-year-old, but that the Flames are "set on holding him unless they receive an offer that forces their hand."

With starter Jacob Markstrom holding a full no-movement clause in his hefty six-year contract with a $6M cap hit, it would be difficult to move on from him, plus the Flames have 22-year-old Dustin Wolf as an up-and-comer between the pipes, as the two-time reigning AHL goalie of the year, and the newly-crowned AHL MVP.  That makes Vladar an added luxury that Conroy can use on the trade market. 

The GM has hinted, since taking over the reins, that he's indeed testing the market. "It’s a good problem for me to have three goalies that we feel very comfortable with," said Conroy recently. "So... is there an opportunity, does someone (around the league) need a goalie, because I think all our guys want to play every night."

Vladar posted a 14-6-5 mark in 23 starts (27 appearances overall) this past season, with a 2.87 GAA and an .894 save percentage. He's signed for two more years with a nice friendly $2.2M cap hit.