As a hockey writer, there are numerous sources of information. Some of these sources are reliable, and some – well – not so much. Sorting through the wheat from the chaff is an issue one engages in as a daily routine.
In some ways, it’s more fun just to be a fan. That way, one can always engage in the myriad of rumours and possible trades that can happen. These become speculative adventures. It’s fun to engage in Trade Talk.
So Many Questions Can Rise to the Surface in Trade Talks
And, that’s the way it should be. Someone throws out an interesting idea. It gets picked up, shared, and becomes part of a larger conversation among fans about how the team can be improved. What possibilities exist out there? Who could come to the team and who could be leaving?
Talking about possible trades makes being a fan so darn much fun. It’s also why reading the conversations from fans who engage in dialogue after reading posts or on Facebook pages is so interesting. One of the things I do regularly is to try to keep my finger on the pulse of the fans by reading what they are thinking.
This week, there has been a lot of speculation about trading John Klingberg to the Calgary Flames. In the remainder of this post, I’ll share some of the conversations about such a trade. Is it possible?
Maple Leafs Fans Are “A-Flame” About a Possible Klingberg Trade
One Maple Leafs player who’s been part of fans’ conversations has been newcomer defenseman Klingberg. There’s a buzz around him because there’s some speculation among hockey fans that there’s a potential trade brewing that involves the defenseman. And, the target team will be the Calgary Flames.
The conjecture gained momentum with what seems to be the mysterious nature of Klingberg’s recent injuries. Some hockey analysts have postulated that the injuries are a ruse to cover what they see as Klingberg’s poor play this season. All this together has led some fans to wonder if he might have already been part of a trade deal. It’s done, now that the team has completed its last game in Sweden there could be an announcement.
It’s an interesting conversation and carries a measure of logic. One fan suggested that, if the Maple Leafs engage in a significant trade with the Flames, Klingberg will not be the only player leaving Toronto. Instead, the conversation focuses on the Maple Leafs acquiring both Chris Tanev and Nikita Zadorov from the Flames, while flipping TJ Brodie and Klingberg in the trade.
A Trade with the Flames Would Include Sweeteners
However, that fan believed that such a deal might only happen if Calgary received substantial sweeteners. These could include Nick Robertson, a first-round pick, or promising prospects like Topi Niemela or Timothy Liljegren.
Another fan wondered why the Flames would be interested in Brodie or even Calle Jarnkrok (whose name regularly comes up). The fan outlined the Flames’ robust prospect pool and suggested that a potential trade might involve Klingberg, Liljegren, and possibly (even) William Nylander. Another fan speculated about a scenario where Toronto might consider a deal with Calgary, offering Klingberg, Liljegren, and a second-round pick, emphasizing the Flames’ need for a fifth defenseman. The name Alex Steeves has also popped up in rumours.
The Thing Is Sometimes NHL Trade Rumors Come True
While trade rumours often swirl around the NHL, sometimes the most incredible rumours come true. The uncertainty surrounding Klingberg’s injuries has fueled the imagination of fans and led to a variety of potential trade scenarios involving the talented defenseman.
Only time will tell if these speculations hold any merit or if Klingberg’s injuries are simply an unfortunate but unrelated turn of events. Sometimes, however, rumours are accurate. Whether this one is or not, we will see soon.