The Flames’ problems run deeper than their goaltending

Evander Kane, Ben Bishop, Marc-Andre Fleury good candidates to be on early trade-bait list

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The Flames’ problems run deeper than their goaltending, but it’s hard not to wonder how things might look for Calgary with Bishop in net if a deal with Tampa Bay at the June draft not fallen through . Bishop is an unrestricted free agent on July 1, and it’s pretty clear the Lightning made their choice when they extended young Andrei Vasilevskiy to a three-year, $10.5 million deal last summer (a deal that kicks in next season).

Not to mention the fact that they agreed to trade parameters with the Flames only to see the deal fall through because Bishop couldn’t agree to contract terms with Calgary on a new extension.

If Bishop walks away for nothing July 1, it’s not nothing: The Bolts get $6 million in Laremy Tunsil Authentic Womens Jersey cap room, which they can use on new contracts for Tyler Johnson, Ondrej Palat and Jonathan Drouin, all pending restricted free agents. Plus, perhaps, Bishop helping the Bolts win a Cup before leaving? I suppose it all comes down to what kind of offers the Lightning get for Bishop before March 1.

The 33-year-old veteran is an unrestricted free agent July 1 and given all the money tied up on the Flames’ blue-line, it seems unlikely they re-sign Wideman unless somebody else is moved out, which is also a possibility. But if the Flames don’t get back into the playoff race before March 1, they would look at recouping an asset. He’s a right-handed, top-four blue-liner who still has bite in his game, playing more than 21 minutes a night. There’s got to be a market for that among serious playoff teams, right?

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