General Manager Brad Treliving made it pretty clear the Flames would not be very busy in the free agency period. So I suspect that the Flames will go the trade route to improve the team.
What still needs to be done? Treliving checked off the biggest weakness by acquiring Brian Elliot. What should his top priority be? He pretty much has three priorities. The first is re-signing Money and Johnny Hockey.
The second one? That is the tricky question. Could it be another backup goalie? Could it be a right winger? With the exchange of Alex Chiasson from the Sens for Patrick Sieloff, will the Flames still be looking for a top 6 forward? Or do they think Chaisson fill the need of a top six forward?
With Chaisson, the Flames get a big right winger who is nasty. He is a role player who could be more in the Flames system. He is a blank distributor, who gets under the opposition's skin. He knows his role and does it very well, but does not fill the need of a top 6 forward.
Next, we have a pretty good idea that the Flames are going to have a new backup goalie, as Ortio did not get the qualifying offer. I can think a few goalies out there including Al Montoya, Johnson, Chad.
List of nonqualified players.
Kenny Agostino (LW)
Bill Arnold (C)
Joe Colborne (C)
Turner Elson (LW)
Josh Jooris (C)
Joni Ortio (G)
Kevin Poulin (G)
Drew Shore (C)
Bryce Van Brabant (LW)
The Flames are not qualifying Colborne to avoid arbitration. They are still trying to sign him; ditto on Jooris and Ortio.