3. T.J. Brodie
Current Team: Calgary Flames
Brad Treliving, general manager of the Calgary Flames, has made public that he is willing to afford the franchise’s young defenders opportunities to obtain spots on the team’s roster. The news should not come as a surprise — the Flames boast a wealth of talent from the back and the organization’s young blue liners might as well look to learn the ropes while recent Norris winning defenseman Mark Giordano continues to play at an above average level.
He is also open to the idea of tackling the team’s major issue — signing forward Matthew Tkachuk and other notable RFAS to term — by moving out one of the franchise’s central defenders. Queue the speculation surrounding T.J. Brodie and Travis Hamonic.
Of the two, the former has garnered wide-ranging interest from prospective trade partners. The 28-year-old was almost traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs for forward Nazem Kadri — a deal that was eventually nixed when the center invoked his no-trade clause. Pundits have also speculated that a diverse network of clubs — the aforementioned Maple Leafs, Chicago Blackhawks, Montreal Canadiens, Philadelphia Flyers, Winnipeg Jets and Tampa Bay Lightning — have kicked the tires on a move for Brodie.
Nothing has materialized as of yet, but there are no shortage of options at Treliving’s disposal. If Calgary wants to get a deal done, an opportunity will surely come knocking.