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Calgary Flames cap off busy season with two minor moves at trade deadline

The Calgary Flames made a couple of minor moves on Friday as the clock ticked down toward the National Hockey League Trade Deadline, putting the final touches on a busy season for rookie general manager Craig Conroy.

Calgary acquired Nikita Okhotiuk from the San Jose Sharks for a 2024 fifth-round pick, the team announced Friday.

The Russian defenceman has appeared in 43 games with the Sharks this year, scoring one goal and seven assists, for eight points.

Okhotiuk was originally a second-round pick of the New Jersey Devils in the 2019 NHL Draft.

The first thing that came to Conroy’s mind when asked about Okhotiuk’s play was two words: big hits.

“He plays hard, simple puck mover,” Conroy said.

“He’s a high-character individual, from talking to people that know him, where he’s played, right from junior all the way up. It’s important for us to bring in different-type players.”

The Flames also announced a one-year contract extension for forward Kevin Rooney. The contract, through 2024-25, will pay Rooney an AAV of $1.3 million.

Rooney has suited up in 13 games this season for the Flames, registering one goal.

But one buzzer-beater trade that didn’t even involve the Flames will affect their return on a different deal from earlier in the week.

With the Vegas Golden Knights trading their 2025 first-round pick to the San Jose Sharks for forward Tomas Hertl, according to reports, the Flames will now receive Vegas’ 2026 first-round pick as part of the return for Noah Hanifin.

The Flames sent Hanifin to the Vegas Golden Knights in exchange for a conditional first-round pick, a conditional third-round pick and defenceman Daniil Miromanov. They also retained 50 per cent of his salary.

General manager Craig Conroy confirmed the team would receive the Golden Knights’ 2026 first-round pick if they traded their 2025 first-round pick at the deadline.

The 2026 first-round pick has no further conditions on it. The conditional third-round pick becomes a second-round pick if Vegas makes it to the second round of the playoffs.

All eyes were also on goalie Jacob Markstrom as the clock ticked down toward the 1 p.m. MT deadline on Friday – but he remains a Flame.

Markstrom remained on TSN’s Trade Bait Board, as a player who could have been dealt before the deadline.

“Jacob’s a competitor, and he cares about these guys,” Conroy said. “I know there’s been noise, but all he does is play well.”

Over the course of the season, the Flames have shipped out several other players set to hit free agency this summer, including Elias Lindholm, Chris Tanev and Nikita Zadorov.

“We wanted to do what we thought was fair by the players and what worked for us moving forward,” Conroy said.

“It’s tough. All great players, all good people, and I wish them all the best, but again, I knew we had to do this for the organization and the franchise moving forward.”

The Flames currently sit six points out of a playoff spot, having won six of their last seven games. Conroy commended the leaders in the dressing room for continuing to fight, despite all of the distractions.

“I wish I could have calmed the noise, and I wish I could have done more, but you can’t,” Conroy said.

“But the way these guys handled it and the way they’ve risen to the challenge every day, it’s very impressive and it says a lot about that team down there and the belief they have in each other.”

The one unrestricted free agent the Flames didn’t trade or extend was defenceman Oliver Kylington. Conroy said the team is hopeful they can get a deal signed, but the priority right now is on taking care of Kylington as a person, following his extended leave to tend to his mental health.

The Flames also acquired centre Riley Damiani from the Dallas Stars in exchange for centre Emilio Pettersen, on Thursday.

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