Flames Trade Rumors: 3 Players Who Are Untouchable in Calgary

The Calgary Flames missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs this season after a crazy year of trade speculation and big changes. GM Craig Conroy was able to move out Elias Lindholm, Nikita Zadorov and Noah Hanifin, however the debacle with Jacob Markstrom will go down as one of the more interesting and lengthy trade conversations.

Conroy is still likely to move out Markstrom with Dustin Wolf getting closer to NHL ready. Meanwhile, after a very active season on the trade market, here's a few Flames who are safe from being moved by Conroy this offseason:

Andrei Kuzmenko

A lot of people questioned Conroy's judgement when he acquired Kuzmenko in the Lindholm deal with Vancouver. Turns out the Flames GM knew what he was doing. Kuzmenko was huge down the stretch for the Flames, showing off his elite offensively talent and blazing speed. The Russian winger scored 14 times in 29 games, totaling 25 points in the process. He's eligible for a contract extension come July 1, look for a long-term deal in his near future.

Dustin Wolf

While Markstrom is all but gone, look for Wolf to be given the crease as the goaltender of the future in Calgary. With an offseason knowing he's likely seeing an increase of NHL minutes, Wolf has the chance to grab the starter's job and run with it next season. While the AHL success has been off the charts, his NHL numbers haven't quite hit at the same level. Wolf appeared in 17 games for the Flames, recording a 3.16 GAA and .893 Sv.%. Look for these numbers to improve next season for the 23-year-old netminder.

Connor Zary

While Andrew Mangiapane is expected to get dealt, Zary isn't going anywhere. The 22-year-old showed he's more than capable of being an impact player this season in Calgary, recording 14 goals and 34 points in 63 games. The former first-round pick is going to play a much bigger role on the Flames next season and expect him to hit the 20-goal mark with ease.

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