June 01 2011 07:51AM
While much of the hockey world is enthralled with Winnipeg and the Stanely Cup finals, Flames fans will be glued to twitter and the radio awaiting the suddenly not-at-all guaranteed signing of #1 prospect Tim Erixon. As of the time of this article, Feaster has just 7.5 hours to ink Erixon. If that does happen, the 20-year old will re-enter the draft where he'll no doubt be snapped up in short order.
It goes without saying that the Flames can't really afford to lose one of their best prospects for nothing. Even though the back-end is a relative area of strength for this org, the truth is Calgary's defense depth takes get pretty shallow after the top-end of Erixon and Brodie. Matt Pelech and John Negrin have struggled as pros for various reasons, Keith Seabrook probably has an AHL ceiling and Jay Leach is a relative unknown commodity. Truth is, as things currently stand, Chris Breen might be the best defense prospect after the obvious top-two of Brodie and Erixon. Chris Breen.
All that said, Feaster et al have until the end of the day today to get something done. Analysis and updates will be added here as things happen.