Flames trade Tanguay and Sarich for David Jones and Shane O'Brien

Kent Wilson
June 27 2013 04:55PM

 

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Word just came out this afternoon that the Flames dealt Alex Tanguay and Cory Sarich to the Colorado Avalanche for David Jones and Shane O'Brien.

The move isn't a surprise in terms of the player involved from a Calgary perspective. It has been clear since the end of the season that Tanguay wasn't too interested in being part of an extended rebuild and that the management wasn't too enmaoured with the player anymore either. Sarich, who was bafflingly re-signed last summer for another two years after spending a bunch of time in the pressbox, was a candidate to be moved as soon as the ink was dry on his new deal.

The return from the Avs is rather underwhelming. Jones is a 28-year old 6'2" winger who has twice scored 20+ goals in the NHL, including a career high 27 in 2010-11. He's not a high volume shooter, though, so his production is dependent on a relatively high personal SH%. His career rate is 14.7%, but with less than 500 shots under his belt, it's entirely possible we don't really know his true shooting ability and that number will come down a tad.

Jones faced top competition on the Avs last year and started a lot of shifts in the defensive zone. He also got buried with one of the worst possession rates on the team (-8.8/60 corsi rel), so it's safe to say that's not really his area of strength. He was similarly underwater the season previous despite much easier competition, which suggests Jones probably isn't a guy who is going to advance play very effectively. His contract stretches to 2015-16 at $4M/year.

Shane O'Brien is basically a slightly younger, marginally cheaper (actually exact same price) version of Sarich. He's big, he's not terribly mobile and he's not going to score a lot of points. He's a functional middle tier defenseman who can bang bodies who probably shouldn't spend too much time on the ice with the other team's best. 

The Flames need to staff the team next year and were desperate to deal a malcontent is what this deal comes down to. It's unlikely either Jones or O'Brien will play a significant role in the genesis of the Flames rebuild.

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#51 icedawg_42
June 27 2013, 05:24PM
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Knight saving the franchise is a bit tongue in cheek...

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#52 wattree
June 27 2013, 05:24PM
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A way to bury the hatchet with Col perhaps?

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#53 Lordmork
June 27 2013, 05:24PM
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Underwhelming return, but I think we were all hoping our veterans would be worth more than this. Getting a bit bigger and a bit younger is good, but jettisoning players who won't commit to a rebuild has to be at the top of the agenda. I'd rather ice a team that's bad but that plays hard & fights to win over a skilled team that doesn't care if we win or lose.

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#54 BurningSensation
June 27 2013, 05:25PM
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Jeff Lebowski wrote:

As I posted elsewhere, this trade doesn't do anything for the rebuild.

Tanguay (and other vets) should net prospects not bad NHLers.

I was hoping Tanguay would be a piece to move up in the draft.

Terrible.

Yeah, obviously Florida and Colorado were just itching to pick up an aging skill winger with no visible defensive abilities or pulse for their top pick.

Seriously, moving up using Tanguay was never going to happen.

If there is good news out of this outside of the fact that both players we got back are better/younger than what we gave up, is that there is clearly no barrier to Feaster and Colorado making a trade because of the ROR signing.

So there is still a chance we could move up to #1....

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#55 Sincity1976
June 27 2013, 05:26PM
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I am with Ken on being 'meh' on the trade. But fans should be 'meh' on most trades if both sides did okay for themselves.

O'Brien isn't anything special. But he is an upgrade on Sarich and only gets paid 2-million.

Jones is a decent 3-line RW option who gives you top 6 depth. Plays both wings. Has some size. Things the Flames needs. Also opens up Stempniak getting moved (rumored). He is a marginal downgrade on Tanguay in terms of points. But he is a better 5v5 option, is younger, and brings some size/versatility.

There is nothing wrong with this trade. It is an average Feaster move. Not dreadful. Not a 'knock it out of the park' trade. It is fine. And given who we had to trade fine isn't bad IMO.

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#56 RKD
June 27 2013, 05:33PM
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Did he post this on Twitter??

I haven't checked it out, so I'm not sure but he was on the Fan 960.

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#57 icedawg_42
June 27 2013, 05:36PM
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I never saw him tweet on this, but he definitely commented on this on the Fan.

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#58 Justin Azevedo
June 27 2013, 05:40PM
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o'brien and jones are both crap underlying numbers-wise. the team got no better, but no worse as well.

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#59 Jeff Lebowski
June 27 2013, 05:47PM
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BurningSensation wrote:

Yeah, obviously Florida and Colorado were just itching to pick up an aging skill winger with no visible defensive abilities or pulse for their top pick.

Seriously, moving up using Tanguay was never going to happen.

If there is good news out of this outside of the fact that both players we got back are better/younger than what we gave up, is that there is clearly no barrier to Feaster and Colorado making a trade because of the ROR signing.

So there is still a chance we could move up to #1....

Yeah because I said he would be the central piece in any trade to move up. However, just like Colorado saw value in picking him up another top 4 team might have liked his piece of a larger trade puzzle.

Did I really have to explain that? C'mon man.

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#60 Colin.S
June 27 2013, 05:48PM
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Justin Azevedo wrote:

o'brien and jones are both crap underlying numbers-wise. the team got no better, but no worse as well.

Didn't O'Brien have a half decent Corsi last year, all be it against probably some terrible competition. And if he can be positive on the 5/6 unit that's all that is needed, definitely don't expect him to be higher than the 3rd pairing.

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#61 RexLibris
June 27 2013, 05:50PM
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Looking over Jones' numbers at Behind the Net he looks like a 3rd line LW option at best.

The trade is a win for the Flames by a hair, but it could be a loss if Hartley deploys them improperly.

O'Brien shouldn't play higher than 3rd pairing and Jones needs to stick to the PK and 3rd or 4th line.

He was playing on a more talented team than the Flames and struggled, what his season ahead holds depends greatly on how his skill set is interpreted by Flames coaching and management.

That being said, when one considers that both Tanguay and Sarich have been mentioned by fans as buyout options, I think this is something of a modest win for Feaster.

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#62 the-wolf
June 27 2013, 05:50PM
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The trade is underwhelming in the sense that the players we sent out are also underwhelming. Tanguay was never going to net anything significant. He and Sarich wanted out, now they're gone. We're younger, slightly tougher, slightly cheaper. That's a win.

How much cap room does Carolina have? I wonder if they'd take Gio and GlenX straight up for #5? Not sure even that would be enough for a potential future superstar.

If not, maybe for Philly's 1st? Pennsylvania is beautiful country, GlenX could have a nice ranch out there. Or is that too much?

Then take DiPietro for NYI's pick.

That would leave all of our 1st rounders intact plus 2 more for a total of 5 picks in the 1st round.

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#63 Burnward
June 27 2013, 05:54PM
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#64 Justin Azevedo
June 27 2013, 05:55PM
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yes, but sarich did as well. they both played easy comp and with partners that drive play. basically the only difference between the two is that sob is a little younger and has an extra year on his contract.

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#65 BurningSensation
June 27 2013, 05:58PM
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Jeff Lebowski wrote:

Yeah because I said he would be the central piece in any trade to move up. However, just like Colorado saw value in picking him up another top 4 team might have liked his piece of a larger trade puzzle.

Did I really have to explain that? C'mon man.

We've already had reports that Calgary offered up 3 first rnd picks to Colorado for their 1st overall. Do you honestly think that Tanguay would have magically tipped that exchange in our favour?

Tanguay (and Cammalleri) are simply not pieces that will get us to move up in the draft - anymore than Gagner or Hemsky are going to move Edmonton into the top 4.

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#66 everton fc
June 27 2013, 06:14PM
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icedawg_42 wrote:

Knight saving the franchise is a bit tongue in cheek...

Got it.

I think it was decent of Feaster to let Tanguay finish his career in Colorado. Classy move. And I don't like Feaster as our GM. But he does seem to have this wierd loyalty to players. Like O'Brien.

Which makes me fear we'll have Lecavlier, Richards, and others, on the roster come autumn.

O'Brien can drop the mitts. That's why he's here. Better scrapper than Sarich. I actually like O'Brien. As a 5/6 option. (Please move Butler!!)

As for Jones. $4mm/season. Madness. But he did have back-to-back 20 goal seasons, and is bigger than Stempniak. But he seems to have had injury issues in 3 of the past 5 seasons. He does seem like a decent guy. Real family guy. Lots of character. He's also big. And fast. Here's hoping Stempniak can go back home to NY State, for if Jones is slated for RW 3rd line, Stempniak's history. Stemp's a decent guy and a good role player. Perhaps he and Cammy going to NYC?? And we end up with Richards... And Dorsett! (Couldn't resist!)

Could Cammy capture a first round pick?

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#67 Smokey
June 27 2013, 06:15PM
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Now.that Calgar and Flames are buddies, I bet next order of biz is Ryan O'Reilly.

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#68 BurningSensation
June 27 2013, 06:17PM
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Jeff Lebowski wrote:

I didn't realize that Colorado compromises the entire top 4. Without knowing, what if Tanguay + Glencross + something else (prospect, pick) were used on Nashville or TB.

The point that you fail to recognize is that Calgary use the veteran assets in a way that furthers the rebuild. Not to acquire slightly younger BAD NHLers.

Why is that so hard for you to grasp?

I know this is hard for you, but Tanguay is not an asset in demand - by anyone, and certainly not by any team drafting in the top 4.

How much of a non-entity was he? We were looking at buying him out. So yeah, keep the dream alive that somehow Tanguay was going to get us a top 4 pick.

We got younger, cheaper, and more talented in this deal. Pure win. No downside.

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#69 joe
June 27 2013, 06:18PM
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BurningSensation wrote:

I'm a little surprised this deal isn't being better received. If Feaster had moved out a 3rd line winger with 20 goal ability and a late 20's bottom pair D-man on a reasonable contract for an over 30 winger with declining skills and attitude, and an over 30 D-man with marginal utility to actually play the game we'd be burning down what is left of the Saddledome.

Nice try to skew things onto your side of the fence.

Tanguay is a declining over 30 winger in terms of attitude and skills huh? Well, he still has alot more skill than Jones, and he's still effective on the PP. Not to mention the fact he's one of those rare guys that capable of sustaining a high shooting percentage. He has more "20 goal ability" than Jones has right now.

Sarich is a over 30 dman who has serious issues, but O'Brien's the exact same, just a few years younger. Not to mention the fact that he takes bonehead penalties. By the way, O'Briens "reasonable contract" has the EXACT SAME cap hit as Cory Sarich's. It's also has an extra year remaining on it, which is certainly not a good thing.

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#70 joe
June 27 2013, 06:23PM
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BurningSensation wrote:

I know this is hard for you, but Tanguay is not an asset in demand - by anyone, and certainly not by any team drafting in the top 4.

How much of a non-entity was he? We were looking at buying him out. So yeah, keep the dream alive that somehow Tanguay was going to get us a top 4 pick.

We got younger, cheaper, and more talented in this deal. Pure win. No downside.

If you honestly think the Flames got substantially better with this deal, you are certainly chugging the koolaid. O'Brien's contract is 2 years with a 2mil cap hit, the exact same contract Sarich was signed to. How well did that contract work out for Calgary... Oh right, it bit them in the ass since Sarich sat for most of the season. Just like O'Brien will.

O'Brien will play some games next year, simply because of the fact that he was acquired to employ a 'tougher' team. If he's around for the 2015 season, however, he'll have a regular seat in the Flames press-box.

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#71 BurningSensation
June 27 2013, 06:26PM
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joe wrote:

Nice try to skew things onto your side of the fence.

Tanguay is a declining over 30 winger in terms of attitude and skills huh? Well, he still has alot more skill than Jones, and he's still effective on the PP. Not to mention the fact he's one of those rare guys that capable of sustaining a high shooting percentage. He has more "20 goal ability" than Jones has right now.

Sarich is a over 30 dman who has serious issues, but O'Brien's the exact same, just a few years younger. Not to mention the fact that he takes bonehead penalties. By the way, O'Briens "reasonable contract" has the EXACT SAME cap hit as Cory Sarich's. It's also has an extra year remaining on it, which is certainly not a good thing.

A. Jones is a 40-45pt winger who works the 2nd PP unit vs Tanguay who is now just a 50pt winger who needed primo zone draws and 1st unit PP time with a HOFer to put those numbers up.

B. Sarich was a fringe NHL D-man for a terrible team (ours), while O'Brien is good enough to a fringe NHL D-man for better teams (Vcr etc.). and is younger.

So, to recap, we got younger, cheaper and kept our skill level at worst the same and probably improved it.

The only suggestion you have made so far is that Feaster should have made some sort of unicorn style trade using Tanguay for a top 4 pick.

Ride that Unicorn Jeff, ride it hard.

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#72 BurningSensation
June 27 2013, 06:33PM
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joe wrote:

If you honestly think the Flames got substantially better with this deal, you are certainly chugging the koolaid. O'Brien's contract is 2 years with a 2mil cap hit, the exact same contract Sarich was signed to. How well did that contract work out for Calgary... Oh right, it bit them in the ass since Sarich sat for most of the season. Just like O'Brien will.

O'Brien will play some games next year, simply because of the fact that he was acquired to employ a 'tougher' team. If he's around for the 2015 season, however, he'll have a regular seat in the Flames press-box.

I never said 'substantially better', but they are better.

We got a useful 3rd line winger who can score 20 goals, and a depth D-man. We traded a fading one-way winger and a healthy scratch to get them, and we got 9 years younger in the deal.

So yeah, I think empirically speaking we got better.

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#73 everton fc
June 27 2013, 06:38PM
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"Grapes" loves O'Brien!

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#74 SmellOfVictory
June 27 2013, 07:16PM
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BurningSensation wrote:

Yeah, obviously Florida and Colorado were just itching to pick up an aging skill winger with no visible defensive abilities or pulse for their top pick.

Seriously, moving up using Tanguay was never going to happen.

If there is good news out of this outside of the fact that both players we got back are better/younger than what we gave up, is that there is clearly no barrier to Feaster and Colorado making a trade because of the ROR signing.

So there is still a chance we could move up to #1....

Didn't even have to be a move-up scenario. I'd have liked even a 2nd rounder or something. Just not freaking Jones, who is one of the most useless forwards the Avs have.

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#75 Jeff Lebowski
June 27 2013, 07:21PM
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BurningSensation wrote:

I know this is hard for you, but Tanguay is not an asset in demand - by anyone, and certainly not by any team drafting in the top 4.

How much of a non-entity was he? We were looking at buying him out. So yeah, keep the dream alive that somehow Tanguay was going to get us a top 4 pick.

We got younger, cheaper, and more talented in this deal. Pure win. No downside.

How do you have such inside information about who Calgary was going to buy out and what trade value Tanguay has? Are you Craig Conroy?

Feaster said 10 days ago Calgary had no buy out plans. If Tanguay was not in demand, do you think Colorado made this deal to get Sarich?

Why are you fixating on Tanguay (alone) netting a top 4 pick? Use him and any other assets to move up. If he doesn't factor to move up then use him to get picks or prospects. Use him at the trade deadline..

Again, the point you aren't addressing is did this return help the rebuild? Calgary needs picks and prospects. Use your assets to obtain those things. If you want to get younger, really get younger. Calgary isn't going to make the playoffs anytime soon, so why bother with a hockey trade?

Why not get 22-23 yo prospects? Why not get draft picks? Why settle for a 3 goal, 28 year old guy who isn't going to get better (and it's laughable you think he's a 40-45pt on Calgary).

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#76 Scary Gary
June 27 2013, 07:27PM
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BurningSensation wrote:

I'm a little surprised this deal isn't being better received. If Feaster had moved out a 3rd line winger with 20 goal ability and a late 20's bottom pair D-man on a reasonable contract for an over 30 winger with declining skills and attitude, and an over 30 D-man with marginal utility to actually play the game we'd be burning down what is left of the Saddledome.

Agreed, we still need roster players to fill the line-up, we can't do that this year with picks. That is unless you grab second rounders to stockpile for other teams RFAs, then I'm in favour.

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#77 BurningSensation
June 27 2013, 07:34PM
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Jeff Lebowski wrote:

How do you have such inside information about who Calgary was going to buy out and what trade value Tanguay has? Are you Craig Conroy?

Feaster said 10 days ago Calgary had no buy out plans. If Tanguay was not in demand, do you think Colorado made this deal to get Sarich?

Why are you fixating on Tanguay (alone) netting a top 4 pick? Use him and any other assets to move up. If he doesn't factor to move up then use him to get picks or prospects. Use him at the trade deadline..

Again, the point you aren't addressing is did this return help the rebuild? Calgary needs picks and prospects. Use your assets to obtain those things. If you want to get younger, really get younger. Calgary isn't going to make the playoffs anytime soon, so why bother with a hockey trade?

Why not get 22-23 yo prospects? Why not get draft picks? Why settle for a 3 goal, 28 year old guy who isn't going to get better (and it's laughable you think he's a 40-45pt on Calgary).

Sure, Tanguay was 'in demand' but that doesn't mean we were going to get anything better than Jones for him.

Does this help our rebuild? Absolutely. Rebuilding a team requires several concurrent steps;

- move out older players - move out players who don't want to be part of a rebuild - move out bad contracts - create cap space - acquire younger assets and picks - retain some level of veteran presence to shield the kids/prospects, and to keep a losing culture at bay

So, we ditched two older players (one of who can't play) and got back useful vets who are collectively cheaper and inarguably grittier and harder to play against (we also likely added 10-15 goals at the expense of some 2nd assists). The two departing players were cancers who didn't want to be here. The incoming guys will get a chance to play more.

Would I have preferred Malkin? Yes. Or Couturier? For sure. Or even 2nd rnd picks? Absolutely. Is there any indication that any of those items were ever available?

Nope.

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#78 ?
June 27 2013, 07:37PM
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ChinookArch wrote:

Younger - yes. Cheaper - yes. More talented - no. In the end, Calgary got grittier and bigger, so yes overall I think it's a win.

How did the Flames get cheaper? Doesn't Jones make more money than Tanguay, and aren't the Sarich and SOB contracts the same, except O'Briens got the extra year?

Is Murray Edwards gonna be paying less real dollars to Jones and SOB than he did to Tangs and Sarich?

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#79 FireOnIce
June 27 2013, 07:39PM
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Scary Gary wrote:

Agreed, we still need roster players to fill the line-up, we can't do that this year with picks. That is unless you grab second rounders to stockpile for other teams RFAs, then I'm in favour.

IIRC, you can't offer sheet RFAs with other people's picks. IE Calgary couldn't trade for Colorado's second rounder and then use that as compensation to STL for signing Pietrangelo to an offer sheet. Has to be their own pick.

That's why CGY couldn't sign PK Subban to an offer sheet last summer, because the second rounder(s) they had were not their own.

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#80 Gmac84
June 27 2013, 07:41PM
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While this is pretty much a lateral move by the Flames, I like it. They get someone with size who can play a little. You can't ask for more out of a third line guy. Also I don't think it's possible for O'brien to do LESS than Sarich, so that's at least a wash.

As much as I kind of hoped Tangs would have netted something more substantial (as part of a package) the reality is that he's an oft injured, one dimensional, ageing player, and I think the Flames made out okay in this one.

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#81 please cancel acct
June 27 2013, 07:49PM
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Last year Feaster and company were all about skill/IQ/character/and how the size of the player would not sway them in the draft or with trades.

This year after Hartely (MR black and white)arrived, the emphasis is now to get big and nasty.

Feaster has become a poor version of Daryl.

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#82 Jeff Lebowski
June 27 2013, 07:53PM
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BurningSensation wrote:

Sure, Tanguay was 'in demand' but that doesn't mean we were going to get anything better than Jones for him.

Does this help our rebuild? Absolutely. Rebuilding a team requires several concurrent steps;

- move out older players - move out players who don't want to be part of a rebuild - move out bad contracts - create cap space - acquire younger assets and picks - retain some level of veteran presence to shield the kids/prospects, and to keep a losing culture at bay

So, we ditched two older players (one of who can't play) and got back useful vets who are collectively cheaper and inarguably grittier and harder to play against (we also likely added 10-15 goals at the expense of some 2nd assists). The two departing players were cancers who didn't want to be here. The incoming guys will get a chance to play more.

Would I have preferred Malkin? Yes. Or Couturier? For sure. Or even 2nd rnd picks? Absolutely. Is there any indication that any of those items were ever available?

Nope.

So Tanguay went from not in demand by anyone to yes he clearly was. Check.

'Yes he was in demand but it doesn't mean getting better than Jones'. You haven't given anything concrete to support that. Just your own feelings.

Useful vets? Hahaha.

What are you even talking about with the Malkin, Couturier thing? Weird.

You ask if any indication exists for arguments counter to yours to justify a position but then make claims without any indication/evidence (demand for Tanguay) yourself. Again, weird.

Yup.

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#83 Scary Gary
June 27 2013, 07:55PM
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FireOnIce wrote:

IIRC, you can't offer sheet RFAs with other people's picks. IE Calgary couldn't trade for Colorado's second rounder and then use that as compensation to STL for signing Pietrangelo to an offer sheet. Has to be their own pick.

That's why CGY couldn't sign PK Subban to an offer sheet last summer, because the second rounder(s) they had were not their own.

Fair enough. So we shell game our second round pick for an RFA and select from the second round ourselves using someone else's in its place via trade.

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#84 Parallex
June 27 2013, 08:04PM
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Justin Azevedo wrote:

o'brien and jones are both crap underlying numbers-wise. the team got no better, but no worse as well.

Actually underlaying numbers wise the team has improved, the guys we picked up have better numbers then the guys we shipped out. If you think they're both crap then they're crap of the less stinky variety then what was here.

I'm fine with the trade (more indifferent actually) I think it makes the team better but not significantly so.

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#85 Ed Ward
June 27 2013, 08:04PM
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Scary Gary wrote:

Fair enough. So we shell game our second round pick for an RFA and select from the second round ourselves using someone else's in its place via trade.

We don't have a 2nd rounder. Traded it to MTL in the Cammy deal.

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#86 BurningSensation
June 27 2013, 08:09PM
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Jeff Lebowski wrote:

So Tanguay went from not in demand by anyone to yes he clearly was. Check.

'Yes he was in demand but it doesn't mean getting better than Jones'. You haven't given anything concrete to support that. Just your own feelings.

Useful vets? Hahaha.

What are you even talking about with the Malkin, Couturier thing? Weird.

You ask if any indication exists for arguments counter to yours to justify a position but then make claims without any indication/evidence (demand for Tanguay) yourself. Again, weird.

Yup.

It isn't clear that Colorado wanted Tanguay, or just hated Jones' contract so much they were willing to take Tanguay in return.

There may not be anything more than feelings to support the notion that Jones+SOB were the best Tanguay could bring back, but I haven't heard any argument that there was anything else available that was better. Sure I would love a top end pic, a #1 center, or even free beer for the rest of my life, but that doesn't mean they were available in trade.

Jones and SOB fall into the category of 'useful vets'. They won't drive possession like Crosby, but they fill useful roles on the team. Somehow this is amusing to you?

My point with Malkin and Couturier, etc. is that while we might wish we could have dealt for them, they were not available.

So, what exactly is your contention regarding the Tanguay trade? That it didn't make us younger? Didn't bring back players who fill useful roles? Or is it just whining that your unicorn hasn't arrived yet?

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#87 ?
June 27 2013, 08:12PM
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Why is everyone saying the Flames got cheaper? The SOB and Sarich contracts are the same cap hit, and Jones is more expensive than Tanguay. Am I missing something?

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#88 ChinookArch
June 27 2013, 08:25PM
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You are not, it was my mistake. I do believe we got better value in spite of paying a bit more. O'Brien should play more than Sarich did in the last 2 seasons, and I expect he'll supplant Butler and Smith for the #6 slot. I really didn't not like the idea of paying Sarich $2M to ride pine, so good riddance. That's where an inexperienced rookie ought to be. Jones is 5 years younger and (in my estimation at least) has more gas in the tank, than Tanguay so another year at $4M is fine by me.

This may have been the best trade available, it may not have been. At the end of the day, I don't mind a fair trade, which is what this appears to be.

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#89 Jeff Lebowski
June 27 2013, 08:25PM
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It isn't clear that Colorado wanted Tanguay, or just hated Jones' contract so much they were willing to take Tanguay in return.

There may not be anything more than feelings to support the notion that Jones+SOB were the best Tanguay could bring back, but I haven't heard any argument that there was anything else available that was better. Sure I would love a top end pic, a #1 center, or even free beer for the rest of my life, but that doesn't mean they were available in trade.

Jones and SOB fall into the category of 'useful vets'. They won't drive possession like Crosby, but they fill useful roles on the team. Somehow this is amusing to you?

My point with Malkin and Couturier, etc. is that while we might wish we could have dealt for them, they were not available.

So, what exactly is your contention regarding the Tanguay trade? That it didn't make us younger? Didn't bring back players who fill useful roles? Or is it just whining that your unicorn hasn't arrived yet?

The contention is that the return was not conducive to the stated goal of rebuilding. Calgary should be trying to acquire draft picks and prospects not useless players in hockey deals.

The problem that arose came in discussing this with you. The way you argue is weird-there is no logic to follow, you make statements like 'was not in demand by anyone- then yes he was in demand etc.

Again, the Malkin thing is weird perhaps you again confused a post from someone else to me. I've never mentioned those guys. You aren't one for attention to details I suppose.

Anyway I could go on but it's like arguing with my girlfriend-no sense or rational/logical consistency in your comments .

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#90 RexLibris
June 27 2013, 08:33PM
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I like how it only took about 70-some odd comments for O'Brien to become shortened to SOB.

This is great.

The Oilers had POS (Patrick O'Sullivan) and fans relished the cathartic nature of calling it out. There is some fan-comment gold waiting to happen here with O'Brien. Looking forward to it.

On the Cammalleri front, if the Flames retained some salary I could see someone like New York taking him for a 2nd round pick. Although given the buyouts and Lundqvist contract negotiations I'd be very surprised to see how they could fit that all together.

I'd be worried about Feaster pulling a Richards for Cammalleri deal. Not saying it'll happen, but maybe the Rangers aren't a good trading partner for the Flames right now.

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#91 Bean-counting cowboy
June 27 2013, 08:33PM
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I have heard a lot of talk about trading Cammy next. If we do, Jones then becomes our highest paid forward tied with Hudler (two third liners). Speaks volumes of the dearth of high end talent on this roster!

Assuming Backlund and Brodie re-up for the same cap hit as a departing Kipper (combined). The Flames would be sitting at a cap hit of around 40 million - 4 million under the floor (assuming a Cammy trade brings back no salary, only futures). We can assume a Ramo contract eats a good portion of that up, but I have no problem running with a floor team next year. I think we should eat some of Cammy's salary to net a greater return at the draft given our cap flexibility.

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#92 BurningSensation
June 27 2013, 08:38PM
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"The contention is that the return was not conducive to the stated goal of rebuilding. Calgary should be trying to acquire draft picks and prospects not useless players in hockey deals."

Rebuilding teams need to get younger, right? We just dropped 9 years.

Rebuilding teams want players with better underlying stats than those they give up, right? Both of the players we received have better advanced stats than those we gave up.

Rebuilding teams need useful vets who can actually play the game, right? We just landed a 2 for 1 deal in that regard (Sarich is not a useful vet).

Yes, I would have preferred a golden prospect, or draft pick (or Malkin, etc.) for Tanguay, but, and this is the key, there is ZERO evidence that any of those things were ever on offer for Tanguay.

So, 'yes', this helps our rebuild.

Do I need to use smaller words for you?

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#93 Burnward
June 27 2013, 08:51PM
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By moving Tanguay, it also opens up a top-six slot for either Hudler or SVEN. We have to put those guys In a position to succeed. Neither needs to be playing a shut-down role on the third line or, in SVEN's case, languishing with plugs on the fourth.

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#94 Burnward
June 27 2013, 08:52PM
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And David Jones is actually pretty good at hockey, by the way. Or so my eyes tell me anyhow.

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#95 Sean Bennett
June 27 2013, 08:57PM
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Meh. This deal is purely lateral. We end up eating 500k more in cap space two out of three years, and 2.5 mil more next year.

Jones is over-paid by at least 1 million and does not drive possession against top-line forwards. But then again, he shouldn`t be playing against top lines. Then again, Colorado didn`t have many options. Hopefully, against 2nd and 3rd line comp, he will fare better.

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#96 Kevin R
June 27 2013, 08:59PM
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Jeff Lebowski wrote:

The contention is that the return was not conducive to the stated goal of rebuilding. Calgary should be trying to acquire draft picks and prospects not useless players in hockey deals.

The problem that arose came in discussing this with you. The way you argue is weird-there is no logic to follow, you make statements like 'was not in demand by anyone- then yes he was in demand etc.

Again, the Malkin thing is weird perhaps you again confused a post from someone else to me. I've never mentioned those guys. You aren't one for attention to details I suppose.

Anyway I could go on but it's like arguing with my girlfriend-no sense or rational/logical consistency in your comments .

Jeff let it go. Sarich & Tanguay would not have been good for our rebuild. They both wanted out. Jones & SOB well be able to play next year & they both will have the opportunity to prove something with a new team. There was no rainbow deal we passed on for Tanguay. He failed miserably in Montreal & Tampa before he played for next to nothing in a prove it 1 year deal back in Calgary. There was no value in Tanguay out there, no one wanted a 3.5 mill cap hit for 3 more years on a declining soft but talented forward. Zippo. Sarich couldn't even be moved for a 5th rounder at the trade deadline, I think Colorado had to eat him for us to take the deal. Jones was the target. Give the kid a chance. He scored 20+ goals the previous 2 seasons. Give him a chance. You can bitch about him next March if he craps the bed.

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#97 Clyde
June 27 2013, 09:01PM
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Pretty underwhelming trade. I wish we were at least getting some picks even if only 3rd round or worse in this type of deal.

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#98 clyde
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First of all, I'm not the same guy who said Tanguay could get the Flames into the top 4, so get your head out of your butt.

A. When is the last time David Jones put up 45 points? 2011, when he had a shooting percentage of 17.6 in 77 games. That same year, Jones played against middling competition and had a rel corsi of -3.6, which suggests he's not a guy who's going to outshoot the competition. He can get points if he gets PP time, and gets lucky. That's slightly worse than Tanguay, who can pick up points because he's a high percentage shooter, not a fluke.

B. O'Brien was last a fringe NHLer for a good team in Vancouver in the 2010 season. He'll now be playing in CGY in the 2014 season. 4 years older, 4 years slower, yadda yadda yadda. Not to mention the Flames replaced an old slow press box player with a younger, slow, player who will spend alot of time in the press box when he starts taking bonehead penalties and begins making huge defensive mistakes, cause hey, that's his game. The guy had 60 PIMs this year in just 28 games, but hey, he can fight, so he must be valuable.

At best, this is a lateral move. Completely MEH

But to you, it's another outstanding move by your pal Feaster. Keep drinking the kool aid Bsen, it'll get you far.

I wouldn't even say he can fight.

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#99 chillout
June 27 2013, 09:14PM
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haha I think your girlfriend probably feels that way about arguing with you. You can't rebuild a team if you have to forfeit all your games because you can't ice a minimum sized team. hell we could trade everybody over 27 for picks this year, that would be great right? We got significantly younger, maybe not as much skill as tanguay. In reality though jones will probably play better than tanguay because he wants to be here, alex did not. It was obvious at the end of the year he didn't give a crap about being on the ice. Pretty tough to trade a guy whose skill is fading, sulks big time and doesn't play.

So the trade is a win so go sulk somewhere mr. ten thousand picks/prospects for tanguay++++++++ and no roster players worth spit to put on the ice so we have a losing culture like edmonton.

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#100 Sean Bennett
June 27 2013, 09:24PM
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Moreover, you can`t keep trading vets for picks because there is such a thing as a cap floor. We`re most likely gonna suck next year, regardless, but you do have to have warm bodies that add up to 44 million in cap dollars.

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