There is no debate about it: Calgary Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau’s performance in the postseason was disappointing.
And we all know what that means… GM Brad Treliving has been quite clear before the start of the playoffs: if the result remained the same, meaning the Flames were unable to move on to the second round, changes would be mandatory. And it sounds like Gaudreau might be the main one on the trading block.
Team insider Wes Gilbertson of the Calgary Sun believes Gaudreau might be traded, though he believes the move could be risky. He has attempted to come up with a possible return for Gaudreau and believes a price tag for the young forward could be the following: perhaps bringing in a blue-chip defenseman with Mark Giordano about to turn 37, or perhaps swapping Gaudreau for picks and prospects and using the cap savings to sign Taylor Hall.
Now talk about a risky move! The Flames could decided to pull the trigger on this one, only to regret the trade once realizing they got little in return.
The Flames might wait and see with Gaudreau: some teams currently battling for the Stanley Cup might be interested in landing him. There is a no doubt a change of scenery could benefit Gaudreau in the near future.
We will have to see how brave Treliving is to dump Gaudreau’s salary and taking on Hall’s potential next big contract. Now that’s risky too seeing that it comes with its own risks in terms of salary and Hall’s effectiveness as he approaches 30 next year.
When asked about his future in Calgary, Gaudreau was adamant about wanting to stay. But will he get his way?
“Calgary has been a second home to me. I love playing there. It’s a team I could see myself playing for for the remainder of my career.”
We have to keep an eye on this one.