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Why teams could be in a race against time to trade for Flames LW Johnny Gaudreau

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The trade rumors on Johnny Hockey aren’t that loud these days. But if there are teams interested in him, it might soon get significantly harder for them to acquire Johnny Gaudreau from the Calgary Flames. Pierre LeBrun of TSN has just reminded everyone that by Wednesday noon, Eastern Time, a particular clause in Gaudreau’s contract would trigger, one that might not make some teams happy.

Not suggesting it means anything in the moment, but interesting that at noon ET Wednesday, when the NHL calendar officially shifts to 2021-22, Johnny Gaudreau has a modified no-trade clause kicking in, a small 5-team list (5 teams he would go to). More control for the player then

Although it seems unlikely that Gaudreau will be moved just before that clause kicks in, a team that presumably has an eye on the 27-year-old left-winger would have to deal with another significant factor if it comes knocking at the door of the Flames inquiring about the New Jersey native. Once Gaudreau gets the rights to the M-NTC, he would have the power to veto any trade to anywhere outside of the five teams on his list.

Gaudreau has a year left on his current contract which would get him $6.75 million in the 2021-22 NHL campaign.

Gaudreau had a solid 2020-21 NHL season in which he led the Flames in points (49) and assists (30), while tying for most goals (19) with Elias Lindholm and Matthew Tkachuk as part of the team’s second line.