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CapFriendly Friday: Evaluating Armchair GM Trade Proposals

Welcome back to another edition of CapFriendly Friday! If this is your first time checking out a CapFriendly Friday, welcome, and let’s catch you up! CapFriendly Friday’s include me going through trade proposals that are done through CapFriendly’s Armchair GM feature. The Armchair GM feature let’s users become the GM of their team, and make whatever moves they see fit. Check out the last CapFriendly Friday before we get going on the latest batch of proposals!

As you can probably imagine, some of the proposals get our minds thinking and might make sense at the NHL level, while others are just straight up bonkers. I like to cover a little bit of both, so sit back, grab a snack, relax, and let’s laugh as we dive into some trade proposals.

Calgary trades… a lot of things to Toronto

This is just so… much. The Flames definitely win this deal by a landslide, but it hurts my eyes. The Flames roster would look like:





That would be an incredible lineup. Favourites for the Cup. Unfortunately, it makes absolutely no sense for the Leafs. I will pretend this deal is real in my own head, but we don’t see many 16-player, four-pick deals in the NHL. Moving on.

Calgary trades Valimaki and a draft pick for Hoglander

I like this a lot. If you remember an article I put out earlier in the summer, I talked about how the Flames could take advantage of other teams cap situations to acquire a forward. One of those teams mentioned was the Canucks and of course Hoglander, whom I am a big fan of.

Hoglander’s on-ice impacts have been very solid in his career so far, but the point totals haven’t followed. With the amount of wingers on Vancouver’s roster, and lack of defence, this deal could make some sense.

Valimaki on the other hand, hasn’t fit in with the Flames recently, and finds himself on the outside looking in. Given Calgary’s depth at defence and lack of winger depth, trading Valimaki and a second-rounder to take a shot on Hoglander and his metrics could be a steal.

Calgary trades Kylington to Los Angeles for Moore

Similarly to the last deal we just looked at, the Flames would trade one of their many defencemen in exchange for a winger. Kylington is currently away from the team dealing with a family matter, so we wish him and his family the best. Because of that, we won’t focus on this deal happening, but rather a look at the value exchanged.

Because Calgary has so many defencemen, it does make sense for them to deal one and get a winger in exchange. Trevor Moore is one of the most underrated players in the league, putting up 48 points in 81 games last season (0.593 P/GP).

Los Angeles could also use some depth on their left side of defence, so this trade does make sense on merit. However, Moore only has one season left at an AAV of $1.875M before hitting unrestricted free agency (UFA), while Kylington just signed a new two-year, $2.5M AAV deal. This deal does make sense, but for now we will just hope that Kylington can tend to his family matter and return to the Flames.

Calgary trades Lindholm and Andersson for Norris

*Screams internally*

No. Just no. WHY.

You thought we were done with the bonkers deals, didn’t you? Sorry to disappoint, but I had to throw this one in as well. Josh Norris is a good young hockey player, there’s no denying that. But Calgary trading their number one centre and Selke candidate, on top of throwing Andersson in the deal is straight up bonkers. No way this happens, or Brad Treliving will be fired on the spot.

This hurts me a lot. Moving on to the blockbuster.

Calgary acquires Pastrnak for a package including Hanifin

This is a crazy deal, as acquiring David Pastrnak would be a massive boost for the Flames. We will assume this one happens at the deadline and the Bruins are missing the playoffs. Trading that package for a soon to be UFA is a tall order, but come on, it’s Pastrnak!

Losing Hanifin would be a big blow mainly due to him having a longer contract than Pastrnak. But, Calgary has a wealth of defencemen, and losing one to acquire a game-changing winger is certainly worth the risk. Including Valimaki and what is likely to be a late first-round draft pick is negligible when you are acquiring a player of Pastrnak’s skill.

If the Flames really want to go for it, making this trade would certainly put them over the top. Who knows, maybe Pastrnak stays in Calgary beyond this season? Now that would be pretty neat. Hanifin is also from Boston, so that trade wouldn’t be too unappealing for him either.

Feeding the Flames more proposals

Although trade activity has settled as training camps have begun, the hockey world can now look forward to the trade deadline. Brad Treliving made the Tyler Toffoli deal when no one was expecting, as it was very early before the trade deadline. Treliving hates rentals, so he will act early when he knows his team is good. We could see a similar situation this year, with a team projected to go on a playoff run.

We will see how the season plays out, but some of the deals mentioned in this article could legitimately help this team. Others, well, let’s just leave them on the internet.

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