Defenseman demands trade after his team loses on Friday.
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Defenseman demands trade after his team loses on Friday.

An NHL defenseman has seen enough after another loss on Friday night and is now demanding a trade.

Jonathan Larivee

Things can change in the blink of an eye in the National Hockey League and it would appear as though that was the case last night.

On Friday night, the Calgary Flames suffered yet another loss this season after they were unable to put away the Toronto Maple Leafs, losing the contest by a score of 5-4. It would seem that the loss, the team's 9th of the season, was too much for defenseman Nikita Zadorov to stomach and now the 28 year old former first round pick is asking to be moved.

NHL insider Kevin Weekes is reporting that, following last night's loss to the Maple Leafs. Zadorov and his agent, Dan Milstein of Gold Star hockey, have officially demanded a trade from the Calgary Flames.

TSN's Pierre LeBrun has also added that Zadorov and his agent are looking to put this matter to rest quickly.

Zadorov is now on his third season with the Flames and has just one playoff appearance to show for it, with the playoffs once again appearing like they may be out of reach this season. He likely would have been the type of player you would have seen moved at this year's NHL trade deadline, with Zadorov currently in the final year of a 2 year deal that carries an average annual value and cap hit of $3.75 million.

In 12 games this season Zadorov has 1 goal and 4 assists for a total of 5 points and currently boasts a plus minus rating of -6, but in spite of that there appears to already be interest in the services of the Russian defenseman.

Canucks insider Rick Dhaliwal is reporting that the Canucks will be a "big player" in terms of going after the veteran defenseman, although whether or not a deal will materialize remains to be seen.

No word on what kind of return the Flames may be looking at in this deal, but with the news of a trade demand breaking publicly it will unquestionably leave them in a position of weakness.