The Calgary Flames have been involved on some of the biggest names of trade deadline day, but the first deal to come together is for a depth defenseman. The Flames have acquired Oscar Fantenberg from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for a conditional 2020 fourth-round pick.
Fantenberg, 27, is only in his sophomore season in the NHL after a long career overseas. Playing in the SHL and KHL he was a useful two-way player, but has settled into a more defensive role since joining the Kings. In 73 games across two seasons he has just 13 points, but is an effective player at shutting down rushes and will give the Flames a bit more depth on the left side.
Calgary is preparing for a long playoff run given their place in the standings and will need as many defensemen as possible. Fantenberg may not play a ton for them, but given how right-heavy their blue line is at the moment he’ll be a worthwhile addition. He’ll be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season and is earning the league minimum this year.