Could the Flames make a big splash in the trade market soon? Could the Oilers and Panthers come together on a trade? Does Dmitry Orlov still want out of Washington? Read on to find out.

Will interim Flames GM Brian Burke make a trade soon?

Will interim Flames GM Brian Burke make a trade soon?

CALGARY SUN: Randy Sportak reports not to expect interim Flames GM Brian Burke to make a trade prior to the December 19-27 Christmas trade freeze, as the club is already under his self-imposed holiday freeze. Burke did make a roster move by demoting forward Sven Baertschi to the AHL.

CALGARY HERALD: George Johnston reports the Flames have been given permission to speak with former Dallas Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk. Other GM candidates could include “former Buffalo boss Darcy Regier is also said to be in the mix, along with Leafs’ assistant GM Claude Loiselle, AHL Toronto Marlies’ general manager Dave Poulin and Nashville assistant manager Paul Fenton, himself a former Flame.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Baertschi could end up as trade bait before the March trade deadline. Burke singled him out earlier this season for his poor performance. Nieuwendyk had a mixed record with the Stars, while Regier was savaged for presiding over the Sabres decline. Burke knows Loiselle and Poulin so it wouldn’t be surprising if he asks to speak with either guy.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jonathan Willis speculated over the possibility of the struggling Oilers and Florida Panthers doing a deal together. Willis believes there’s several players (Dmitry Kulikov, Shawn Matthias) who might interest Oilers GM Craig MacTavish.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Panthers are trying to gin up a bidding war for those two, so the Oilers should be prepared to jockey with several other clubs if they hope to pry one of those guys out of Florida. 

CSNWASHINGTON.COM: Chuck Gormley reports Capitals defenseman Dmitry Orlov is changing his tune about wanting out of Washington, saying he’d be willing to stay if he’s getting playing time. “If I play here, yeah,” Orlov said Thursday. “I just want to play. If I play, I not think about being moved or not. My team is here. All the guys are good.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Gormley noted veteran blueliner John Erskine is due to return soon, which could lead to Orlov returning to the minors, which could prompt his agent to once again push for his client to be dealt.