Source: Another Team Interested in Nikita Zadorov Besides Maple Leafs

Calgary Flames’ Nikita Zadorov on trade request
Calgary Flames’ defenseman Nikita Zadorov has requested a trade following the team’s recent loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs. The revelation came through his agent, Dan Milstein, on Friday night. Zadorov, 28, is approaching unrestricted free agency after this season and currently holds a $3.75 million contract, as NHL insider Rick Dhaliwal tweeted an update on Zadorov’s trade rumor. Despite a solid performance against the Maple Leafs, Zadorov received only 15:33 minutes of ice time, the second-lowest among the Flames’ defensemen. According to Rick Dhaliwal, the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Vancouver Canucks are both interested in securing the defenseman’s services. Notably, Nikita Zadorov has no trade restrictions and previously joined the Flames under the management of Maple Leafs GM Brad Treliving. As the Flames navigate a challenging season with a 4-7-2 record, Zadorov’s trade request adds to the team’s uncertainty. With several impending unrestricted free agents, they might be positioning themselves for a potential rebuild. Zadorov, who scored his first goal of the season in the recent shootout loss to Toronto, recorded 14 goals and 21 points last season. His contract, signed in July 2022, was a two-year deal worth $7.5 million.