Flames Rumors: Calgary To Be Buyers This Summer

As summer approaches, the Calgary Flames are poised to shift gears and could emerge as buyers in the NHL free agent market, according to Frank Seravalli.

General Manager Craig Conroy is leading the charge, armed with nearly $19 million in cap space to strategically strengthen the team's lineup.

After navigating a season marked by challenges and speculation, including losing star players in Elias Lindholm and Noah Hanifin, the Flames are ready to make calculated moves aimed at elevating their competitiveness and solidifying their position as contenders for the upcoming season.

With a keen eye on addressing key positions, particularly in securing top-line talent and reinforcing depth at center, the Flames are primed to make impactful acquisitions.

Despite losing key players, the Flames did, at times, show playoff potential, thanks to emerging talents like Yegor Sharangovich, Connor Zary, and Martin Pospisil, alongside the return of Oliver Kylington and the rise of prospects like Dustin Wolf, Matt Coronato, and Jakob Pelletier.

The addition of affordable, experienced players could further support these young stars in accelerating the team's resurgence.

Some of the top names in this summer's free agent market include Sam Reinhart, Steven Stamkos, Jake Guentzel, and Matt Duchene.

Craig Conroy, in his first season as Flames' GM, brings a discerning approach, targeting players who can seamlessly integrate into Calgary's system and help fill the void left by recently traded players.

The Flames currently hold a 33-33-5 record with 11 games left in the regular season, sitting 15 points back of the Vegas Golden Knights for the second Wild Card spot.

Calgary has made the playoffs in three of the last five seasons, winning a total of two rounds in that span. Photo Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports