In the aftermath of Monday’s trade deadline, several NHL insiders revealed that the Calgary Flames and Minnesota Wild were working hard on a deal centered around Wild forward Jason Zucker, but ultimately were unable to come to terms before the 3pm ET deadline.
Pierre LeBrun of TSN and The Athletic reported that Flames general manager Brad Treliving was furious that the deal couldn’t be consummated in time and that he essentially missed out on adding another offensive weapon to a team that is already stacked up front.
Now, just two days later the asking price for Zucker in the proposed deal has emerged.
In his latest column for The Athletic, LeBrun reveals the return for Zucker in the failed deal.
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The Athletic and TSN learned Monday afternoon that Zucker was nearly traded to the Calgary Flames. Sources say it would have been for a package that included veteran Michael Frolik and a draft pick. For some unclear reason as of now, the trade fell through at the very last moments before Monday’s 2 p.m. CT trade deadline.
Frolik does have a partial no-trade clause, but The Athletic confirmed Tuesday that the Wild are not on Frolik’s “No” list. So, Calgary could have dealt him with no strings attached. There is a chance that Zucker’s $5.5-million cap hit and the four-year term remaining created an issue for Calgary to take him on.
As it stands, Zucker remains with the Wild and the Flames did little else at the deadline. For what it’s worth, Zucker isn’t having nearly as good a campaign as he had last season when he managed 33 goals and 64 points. In 63 games with the Wild this season, the 27 year old winger has just 16 goals and 32 points.