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former Blackhawks defensemen becomes biggest asset on the trade block

Published November 19, 2023 at 10:33
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Due to his desire to move on from the Calgary Flames, a former Chicago Blackhawks defenseman has hit the trade market. Nikita Zadarov is among the few unrestricted free agents in Calgary who want out.

As a result of losing to the Toronto Maple Leafs last weekend, he requested a trade and is generating interest from a number of NHL teams.

There is always a need for blueline help, especially for a physical defenseman like Zadarov with an offensive touch.

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I'm told
@NJDevils
,
@DallasStars
, and
@MapleLeafs
are among the clubs expressing interest in
@NHLFlames
D Zadorov, and the expectation is that discussions could ramp up when #LeafsForever return from the
@NHL
#GlobalSeries in Sweden. #HockeyTwitter


The Toronto Maple Leafs, Dallas Stars, and New Jersey Devils are among the teams interested in the defenseman.

It seems like Zadarov would be guaranteed post-season play if he landed in any of these three franchises.

**Breaking News **
Fresh off a goal and big hit tonight against the
@MapleLeafs
, I'm told that D Zadorov through his agent
@GoldStarHockey
Dan Milstein has requested a trade from the
@NHLFlames
. #HockeyTwitter


Depending on when Craig Conroy decides to make the move, Zadarov has a lot to offer on the blue line for his next team, as the Flames have said they will honor his request, but on their own timeline.

In 82 games for the Flames last season, Zadarov scored 14 goals and 21 points, while racking up 80 PIMS and 174 hits.

Any team that acquires him next will have a verifiable physical force on the ice.

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