Could TJ Brodie Be Trade Bait At The NHL Deadline?
There’s no doubt that TJ Brodie is a valuable player for the NHL’s Calgary Flames. There is some doubt, as the 2018 NHL trade deadline approaches however, of whether the Flames will use that value on the ice, or on the trade market moving forward.
In his 7th season with Calgary, TJ Brodie, a Dresden, Ontario product, is having another strong season with 26 points in his first 57 games. With some NHL ready prospects behind him, and other defenders being utilized more by the Flames however, his future with the team may be to be used as a trade chip to fill other roster needs.
According to The Hockey News‘ trade deadline edition, the Flames’ most available is Brodie.
“Calgary has several ‘D’ almost NHL-ready, so T.J. Brodie, Travis Hamonic or Michael Stone could be peddled.”
Although other players were named, the well respected Hockey magazine further predicted Brodie’s worth to other teams, and to the Flames as a trade chip.
“T.J. Brodie hasn’t been the same since getting moved from the righ side of the top ‘D’ tandem with Mark Giordano a few years ago. But he’s sill just 27, and he’s a terrific skater and puck-move on a good contract,” write The Hockey News. “As a top-pairing blueliner, he could fetch a scoing winger in return. Oliver Kylington and Juuso Valimaki are next in line to replace him.”
Brodie is under contract with the Calgary Flames until 2019-2020 earning $4,650,400 per season. He’ll become an unrestricted free agent following the 2019-2020 season.