So what exactly happened that caused the trade between the Flames and Wild involving Jason Zucker to fall apart?
Darren Dreger had a Tuesday afternoon Leafs Lunch appearance on Toronto’s TSN 1050, and was asked to follow up on what Pierre LeBrun and Michael Russo had reported about that trade having failed to go through.
“I think it was a timing thing,” indicated Dreger. “But I haven’t gotten through all of the details coming out of Calgary.
“I can tell you - at least I was told, I didn’t talk to Brad Treliving directly - I was told he was white-hot. So whether that’s directed at Minnesota, whether that’s directed at at something internally, whether that’s directed at the league…
“Because I can tell you this - and you know this Craig because you’ve lived it, and things have gotten more smooth over the years electronically - but there was a logjam - as there always is - but there was a jam-up at Central Registry.
“So maybe it was just an issue of the queue being too long. But normally what happens is as long as the trade is filed, they still honor it, you just have to go through the process.
“We’ll dig a little deeper and find out what the backstory is, but I know Calgary wasn’t pleased at all.”
Zucker is in the first season of a five-year, $27.5 million contract that was signed in the summer, and the modified no-trade clause of that pact’s final four seasons will kick in July 1.
Contract-related info via CapFriendly