Flames Rumors: Atlantic Division Team Linked To Nikita Zadorov

The Florida Panthers have recently emerged as a potential suitor for Calgary Flames defenseman Nikita Zadorov, who has expressed a desire for a trade, according to George Richards of Florida Hockey Now and Lyle Richardson.

While the Panthers are known for their perpetual interest in strengthening their roster, securing Zadorov's services may prove to be a challenging endeavor.

One significant hurdle lies in their limited assets for trade, having already dealt away their first-round picks for 2024 and 2025, along with their 2024 second-rounder.

Additionally, their prospect pipeline was ranked at No. 23, which could limit their ability to meet the Flames' potential demands for draft picks and prospects in exchange for Zadorov.

Despite their interest in the defenseman, it remains uncertain whether the Panthers can assemble a competitive trade package that aligns with the Flames' expectations.

Navigating this trade scenario will require the Panthers to carefully assess their current assets and strategic priorities in the trade market.

Over 16 games this season, the 28-year-old Zadorov has scoreda goal and six total points, along with a -6 plus/minus rating.

Balancing their desire to bolster their roster with the constraints of limited draft picks and prospects and the reluctance to part with key players will be crucial.

Whether or not the Panthers can successfully acquire Nikita Zadorov will ultimately depend on their willingness to explore alternative trade assets and their ability to negotiate a mutually beneficial deal with the Calgary Flames. Photo Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports