Can They Do It? Will They Do It?

Pat Steinberg
June 24 2010 07:34PM

 

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The Calgary Flames don't have the greatest prospects here in Los Angeles ahead of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.  With no first or second round pick, many of the top players will have passed the team by before they draft for the first time in the third round.  So will the Calgary Flames make a move to get themselves into the top 60 picks?  Or the better question is, CAN the Flames get themselves into the top 60 picks?

Nobody knows whether the Flames will make a move, especially with GM Darryl Sutter not tipping his hand in the media when it comes to these types of things.  However, the question as to whether the Flames can make a deal is a completely different story.  Do they have assets to move into the second round?  I think there's no question they do.  Do they have the assets to move into the first round?  Yeah, they do, but I doubt they'd be willing to move them...but let's break it down a little.

Good players can be had in the second round, there's no question about it.  In fact, this years draft is very, very deep.  No you're not going to find Taylor Hall in the second round.  No, the high end talent isn't the deepest in this draft...instead, you'll see an impressive number of players with real solid NHL hopes.  First liners?  Maybe not, but quality players that can play on your team for years to come.  As we see with the current roster assembled in Calgary, that's nothing to scoff at .

Honestly, I really like the first round of this draft, but I just don't see the Flames moving into the opening 30 picks.  That's not to say they couldn't, but anything Calgary has to offer for a first round pick would be an impact player currently on the team.  While Sutter may not be very forthcoming in terms of telling us what he's going to do, I think we are all pretty clear on his direction for this team.  The Flames are not taking steps backward for next season, nor are they thinking about a "rebuild mode" currently.  The goal heading into next season is the same it has been since the lockout ended in 2005.  Because of that, I don't think Calgary is going to be willing to part with anything important on their current team for a player that could yield them an important player down the road.

But the second round is a different story.  It's not going to take a "core" guy to move into the 31-60 range, and Calgary will be able to find some pretty good value with players lurking around there.  Key players drop, and hidden gems stay around waiting to be snatched up by a waiting team.  I've heard plenty of rumours concerning who the Flames could trade to move into the second round, and none of them are substantial.  But in talking to a prominent media person who's hooked in to the Flames scene, it would be a complete shock if the Flames didn't improve their draft position, even if it's only by 10 or 15 places.

One person told me it's almost a foregone conclusion that Calgary will move up, however, nobody seems to think the first round is a good possibility, nor do they think it's in the best interests of the Flames.  Darryl said on Thursday he prefers making moves at the draft as opposed to July 1st, and that may hold true this year as well.  However, it may not be the blockbuster deal that yields a Mike Cammalleri or Alex Tanguay...instead, it might be a much more smaller in stature, yet still helpful for the team.

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#1 Bob
June 24 2010, 09:36PM
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How's things in LA? I have no doubt that Darryl is trying to find someone to dance with, but are they willing to let Darryl lead?

We have assets we can move, but we also have dead weight we want moved as well. And will teams be willing to give up what we need? Time will tell, I'm sure it's a little exciting yet stressful waiting for something, anything, to happen on the Flames front.

Your one commment," The goal heading into next season is the same as it's been since the lock-out ended in 2005." I supported that goal and the process it was under until last year. That goal and the way this team goes about achieving it has seen us booted out of the 1st round 4 years in a row and finally not making the play-offs this year.

For the first time since Ken King and Darryl arrived, the heat was turned up on them and I know they did not like it. But I am perplexed that they have not deviated from the plan 1st put into place in 2003. It is not working, though I can not give a definite answer as to why. If I knew, I'd beable to convince Flame ownership to make me President and GM. There are a multitude of questions and just as many answers.

You know, I'd need a good Assistant GM, complete with a hot secretary. Interested in a career change Pat?

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#2 John Deere Green
June 24 2010, 09:55PM
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I don't know what to expect this weekend, or how to wrap my thoughts around this current Flames team. If Darryl and crew are not in the rebuiling phase yet, then lets try and improve dramatically and make a run. I don't know how this is even thinkable with guys like Sarich, Staois ect, ect. Nor do I think that they have guys to move to upgrade their team- Moss for Stall anyone? I didn't think so. So what and how do you do it to make this team better Darryl? I am so flippin' frustrated that the Flames are going to end up a bottom feeder team with no prospects and a roster full of overaged, overpaid AHL caliber players. After last years lackluster season,to expect your top two lines and a couple of your third line players to get back to 20 goal seasons is just ridiculous. 09/10 games were like watching paint dry, unless they played Chicago, Pitt, ect, then it was fun to watch all those young visiting players skate around the old slow Flames like they were pylons. Well regardless, this weekend should be interesting to watch anyway.

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#3 R O
June 24 2010, 11:08PM
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The worst thing they could do is try to force their way into the top 60. Draft picks will cost real players, players that the Flames can't afford to give up.

Action for the sake of action is not always worth it.

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#4 SmellOfVictory
June 25 2010, 12:58AM
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@R O

Depends who those players are. Not saying it'll happen, but it's not entirely inconceivable that a GM somewhere might take Sarich and a 3rd for a 2nd; dumber things have happened.

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#5 Zimbag
June 25 2010, 08:14AM
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The Flames are screwed. Of course if Dustin Byfuglien, Sopel, and Eager are worth a first and second then you never know.

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#6 Bob
June 25 2010, 08:19AM
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@SmellOfVictory

History in pro sports is full of bad trades, and some have happened right here. Time will tell but fans of Les Canadiens are still fuming about the Halak trade thinking he was dealt with nothing to show for it in return. This week-end could be full of teams doing deals they will regret sooner or later.

Speaking of dumb things, what I wouldn't give to see Peter Chiarelli get up at that podium with the #2 overall pick, look out at the crowd and start to wave and say,"Hi Brian!"

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#7 Kent Wilson
June 25 2010, 09:32AM
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R O wrote:

The worst thing they could do is try to force their way into the top 60. Draft picks will cost real players, players that the Flames can't afford to give up.

Action for the sake of action is not always worth it.

I'm down if it's a salary dump. I don't want to see, say, Nigel Dawes dumped for a draft pick however.

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