Well, expansion is gonna have a profound effect on how teams do their business. It's going to affect trades and other transactions a great deal. I'd actually say getting a "sacrificial goalie" is smart.
Yup, General Fanager got hired by an NHL team so now we only have NHL Numbers and Cap Friendly. https://www.capfriendly.com/teams/flames
Flames and Avs are in a similar spot cap-wise, the Flames moreso because they'll have over $22 million in cap space to play with and their most important players are signed long-term. Just gotta weather the storm and then shake loose those awful contracts.
Would not be at all shocked to see Semyon Varlamov in an Flames sweater next season.