Flames Finding It More Difficult To Trade Dan Vladar Now

With some of the early injuries to goalies around the NHL, the Calgary Flames missed a good opportunity to trade Dan Vladar. While they might not be urgently rushing to do so, Dustin Wolf seems to be more than ready and Vladar has two years left on his deal. For teams looking to acquire help in net, the term could be appealing.

Vladar had an alright season in 2022-23, but his value was shown when Jacob Markstrom struggled and Vladar stepped up and started for stretches at multiple points in the season. Markstrom is proving to be much more reliable already this season while Vladar has not. The backup of the Flames has a 4.54 GAA and .842 SV% in two games. It's a small sample size, but not an attractive one either way.

With Markstrom not struggling this season, the Flames won't give Vladar the opportunity to start a number of games during a period of time and show his value this season. It might take until deep into the season, if at all, for the Flames to find a partner to ship Vladar off to. With the start they have, things are not looking good and teams will start to show interest in a number of players on the team. Vladar should be one of the top options teams look at if he can figure out his game. For now, it will not be easy for the Flames to talk trade with anyone with those numbers.

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