What the Flames and Devils get in Toffoli-Sharangovich commerce

When Craig Conroy was the Flames assistant GM final summer season, he watched as Johnny Gaudreau strode into free company and landed in Columbus for no return. When he took over as GM final month, Conroy was instantly confronted with comparable essential choices on six veteran, core gamers who’re all one yr away from free company themselves.

It was a sizzling matter at his introductory press convention, when Conroy answered by saying he wouldn’t let the Gaudreau state of affairs play out once more.

Mikael Backlund acknowledged to Sportsnet’s Luke Fox that there have been going to be modifications in Calgary this summer season and the long-time Flame has to contemplate his personal future. Elias Lindholm is mulling his contract as properly, and if he decides to not re-sign the entire thing might come down. It’s been reported that Noah Hanifin intends to return to play within the USA, and the Flames must search for a decision there earlier than he additionally comes up for 2024 free company.

However the first off the board was Tyler Toffoli, the staff’s main scorer this previous season. He had requested a transfer out of Calgary and finally ends up becoming a member of the New Jersey Devils the place he’ll add veteran scoring depth to a staff that already completed prime 5 in offence this previous season.

For Calgary, that is the beginning of one thing new, however simply what form that in the end takes might be decided in days. They nonetheless solely maintain their very own first-round choose (sixteenth general), however might they add extra, or a notable prospect, for one more of those dominos? Or will they preserve searching for young-ish execs with potential for fast impression, comparable to Yegor Sharangovich, who comes again within the Toffoli swap?

The Flames accomplish the duty of getting youthful with Sharangovich, 25, and his extension as an RFA will save the Flames some $2 million from Toffoli’s fee. Sharangovich’s arc is attention-grabbing in that he’s gone from 16 targets (in 54 video games) as a rookie to 24 targets after which dropping to 13 this previous season, when he misplaced a plum spot on Jack Hughes’ line.

If Sharangovich is usually a productive prime six participant for a profitable Flames staff then Conroy’s first commerce might pan out, however at the price of their main objective scorer this wasn’t an affordable acquisition.

For extra on the deal we flip to our scout, Jason Bukala…

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The winds of change are in movement in Calgary, with the Flames transferring out Tyler Toffoli. The transfer, for my part, indicators a pair issues. It says GM Craig Conroy isn’t going to take a seat tight and “hope” gamers need to stay in Calgary long run. It additionally alerts gamers like Mikael Backlund, Elias Lindholm, and Noah Hanifin that the group has no plans to be held hostage by gamers who don’t consider within the path of the franchise.

Toffoli is coming off a productive season in Calgary. He scored 34 targets and 39 assists to guide the staff. He would have been the third-leading scorer in New Jersey with these numbers. Toffoli provides one other layer of scoring depth to the Devils lineup, although he doesn’t essentially match the fashion they prefer to play as one of many quickest groups within the NHL that likes to push up and down the ice. Having mentioned that, Toffoli has scored at each cease in his profession. The Devils acknowledge how Toffoli approaches the sport and the type of impression he’ll present.

The Devils are getting into their competition window and Toffoli makes them a greater staff.


Sharangovich is an attention-grabbing acquisition for the Flames. He’s a rangy ahead whose offence fell off fairly dramatically this previous season. He misplaced his position on the ability play and skating alongside Jack Hughes, which needs to be thought of when breaking down his scoring (13 targets, 17 assists). Right here was my scouting report on Sharangovich earlier than this commerce:

Sharangovich could be an enigma to scout. For some purpose he’s historically been a sluggish starter originally of the season. He additionally appears to attain in streaks. However when he’s on, there’s a lot to love about him.

He has good dimension and he strikes properly. He drives the center lane off the puck and scores from across the crease. He has excellent arms and the flexibility to corral pucks rapidly and deposit them within the internet. His position in New Jersey fell off this yr. From the skin trying in he doesn’t look to be a match for the place the staff goes sooner or later. I see Sharangovich as a middle-six ahead who nonetheless has top-six upside and can be utilized in all conditions. Factoring in his younger age (26) makes him much more enticing as a commerce goal.