More details are emerging about the Jason Zucker trade that wasn’t Monday between the Calgary Flames and Minnesota Wild.
The latest 31 Thoughts: The Podcast episode with Elliotte Friedman and Jeff Marek was recorded Wednesday and released Thursday.
A listener wanted to know what the issue was in that attempted trade between the two teams, and whether it was salary cap/CBA issues, Central Registry, or what.
“It was not Central Registry,” indicated Friedman. “I don’t think the deal ever got there. Quite simply, whatever happened I think it ran out of time and didn’t get finalized by 3:00 Eastern to be sent in to Central Registry. I don’t think it ever got there. Well, I know it never got there.”
“There’s a big queue at 3:00 though, right?” asked Marek.
“Yes,” replied Friedman. “But you have to be in the queue by 2:59:59.”
“That was just too late?” asked Marek.
“It didn’t get there,” reiterated Friedman. “But it was seriously discussed. I think Frolik was in the deal. I think a high pick was in the deal. And I’m not sure if anything else was in it.”
“Jason Zucker, was that that deal?” wondered Marek.
“Zucker, that was that one, yeah,” said Friedman.
Zuzker is in the first season of a five-year, $27.5 million contract, and the modified no-trade clause that’ll apply to the final four years of that pact will kick in July 1.
Frolik is in the fourth season of a five-year, $21.5 million contract, which includes a modified no-trade clause through which he can nix 10 teams.
Contract-related info via CapFriendly