Report: Insider Believes Maple Leafs and Flames Are Working on a Trade

Published June 25, 2023 at 8:10 PM
BY WADE MESSIER
     
It's set to be a very busy summer for new Leafs GM Brad Treliving. With many potential roster changes coming in the very near future, Treliving will have to make many moves to stay competitive.

Meltdown in Calgary



The Calgary Flames have had a rough week, with report after report coming out that many of their core players are unwilling to re-sign with the team. While it sucks for them, it gives other teams a unique opportunity to capitalize on an unfortunate situation.




High-profile players such as Elias Lindholm, Tyler Toffoli, Noah Hanifin, and Michael Backlund have all been confirmed to want out of Calgary, which makes for a very interesting buyer's market.

Leafs Interested in Hanafin



Brad Treliving just got done his position as General Manager of the Calgary Flames and has now joined the Maple Leafs front office. His former assistant in Calgary, Craig Conroy, has been promoted to General Manager, and the two have quite an extensive history.

With so many players wanting out, Conroy will surely be working the phones, and who better to trade with than your old colleague?

The members of the Locked on Leafs Podcast got together to discuss the current situation in Calgary, and how Toronto could approach it. One host suggested that the Leafs should be all over defenseman Noah Hanifin.

"The Calgary Flames, if they feel like they're in a situation where they got all these guys looking to move on, they gotta do a quick reset, retool, get picks, prospects, young players, whatever it may be. It might be a match made in heaven in a way.

Obviously, Brad Treliving and Craig Conroy have a terrific relationship from their time in Calgary so I truly believe there is something to be done here with the Maple Leafs and Calgary Flames. Whether it's Lindholm or it's Hanifin, I think there's a strong possibility that trade talks are happening currently and maybe something could get done prior to draft night."


Treliving's relationship with Conroy gives the Leafs a unique advantage over other trade suitors and could be just what they need to get a trade over the finish line. Perhaps a deal centered around one or two of the plethora of prospects the Leafs have, or even their first-round pick, is enough to entice Conroy to pull the trigger.

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