The Calgary Flames faced off against the Toronto Maple Leafs one night before the 2023 NHL Trade Deadline. One team has been busy loading up for hopefully a long playoff run, the other team are the Flames.
After a season of some ups but definitely more downs, the Flames have been quiet on the trade front. Hoping to get clarity on the team’s direction, they are literally the only team yet to make a trade in 2022–23. They had one final game before the deadline to see what this team can do, and at this point, selling to retool seems like it’s the best path forward.
The Flames got off to a good start with a shorthanded goal to open up the scoring. On the other end of the ice, Jacob Markstrom was checking off things on his to-do list: 1) make the first save, 2) make a big save, and 3) keep the team in the game. He did his job and more.
The Leafs eventually tied it in the second and also got the go-ahead goal early in the third period. The Flames couldn’t muster a tying goal and dropped yet another one-goal game, this time in regulation.
This game was big for the Flames in the sense that it should really signal to the team that it’s time to sell assets to look forward to next year. We’ll see what this team does from now until the final deadline buzzer goes.
Charts from the setback here.
|Blake Coleman (SHG)||Unassisted||02:32 | 1st||TOR 0 – 1 CGY|
|Mitch Marner||Auston Matthews, David Kampf||07:36 | 2nd||TOR 1 – 1 CGY|
|Calle Jarnkrok||Morgan Rielly, William Nylander||02:20 | 3rd||TOR 2 – 1 CGY|
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