The Calgary Flames have made the resolution to acquire financial flexibility in 2020 that’s what pushed general manager Brad Treliving to trade forward Michael Frolik to the Buffalo Sabres, on Thursday night, in exchange for a 2020 fourth-round pick.
Frolik carries a cap hit of $4.3 million and will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. It was revealed that there was no salary retained in the deal, which means the Flames finally have room to breath on their cap space.
When asked about the trade, Treliving confessed that it is the Flames’ intention to use the cap space they’ve acquired by sending Frolik to Buffalo.
Which means more moves will be coming to Calgary.
“The return is cap space. We didn’t trade to keep it in our pocket. Our intention is to go out and make the team better. This is a big part of it.”
Many believe Treliving might get after a high profile rental player by the trade deadline who’ll help secure a playoff spot. The Flames haven’t been in consecutive playoffs since the 2007-08, 2008-09 seasons.
This could be their chance to make something happen now that they aren’t as cap-strapped as they had been since the start of the season.