What do the Flames have to do ensure we do not get into another eight-game losing streak?
If I was Brad Treliving, my New Year’s Resolutions would be:
We really need another top-three defenseman. That might very well be very difficult to accomplish.These are the defensemen that I think the Flames should pursue.
If the Flyers drop out of the race, there could be a few players to be had.The one I would love to see the Flames acquire is Braydon Coburn. He would be very expensive. But he would really help the Flames in the defensive zone.
I have no doubt the Canes will be sellers at the deadline. They will be looking to unload. They have a few players I would like. One defenseman I would love to see the Flames to acquire is Justin Faulk. He is a stable defenseman who can add offensive scoring. He would a great add.
There are more, but those two are the defensemen that I would go after.
I might look at Fedor Tyutin from the Jackets; but I do not think the Jackets will let him go. If the Panthers drop out of the race, I wonder if the Panthers would consider Kulikov. He is a young player who would help the Flames in the back line. The main reason why he is not in my top two is that he is probably not on the table.
If I was Brad, I would want another top-six forward to add onto the scoring. My two picks here are:
I would start talking to the Sabers about forward Drew Stafford. Even though he is not having a great year, I think he could flourish in a new environment. Drew has been a thirty-goal scorer in the past. If he can return to his earlier days, he might very well be the perfect antidote for the Flames' offense.
I would ask the availability of Martin Hanzal. I think that Martin would be a perfect second-line center. He is a good, steady center who could help the team with the scoring, and is also solid defensively.
If Hanzal is not available, the Coyotes might very well consider trading Doan or Vermette. As for the Sabers, Stewart is a possible replacement. Another forward I might consider is Jagr out of the Devils.