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

Kent Wilson
June 27 2013 04:55PM

 

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- pic via James Teterenko, wikimedia commons

 

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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#151 SydScout
June 28 2013, 08:14PM
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Vowswithin wrote:

Feaster?

Quality - Thanks for the laugh!

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#152 RexLibris
June 28 2013, 10:36PM
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T&A4Flames wrote:

More talented. Yet we finished ahead of them.

By three points with a -4 separation in goal differential and a virtually identical home record.

Statistically nearly indistinguishable. Does that negate the potential of their roster?

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#153 seve927
June 29 2013, 09:01AM
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Kevin R wrote:

That doesn't even make sense? So you trade for a guy where you give a low value asset for a guy that showed he could score 20+ goals but got him cheap because he had a bad year in a lockout shortened schedule & injuries. The guy then has a good year scores like 20+ goals & then you decide you want to trade him? Am I missing something?

I am very much in favour of guys that play both ends and can score at even strength. That's why I like trading older poor possession power play specialists for young two way players. Disagree if you like, but there's no error in my logic.

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#154 Kevin R
June 29 2013, 10:04AM
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Ok I guess we'll just disagree. If a player has his power forward game going & is scoring 20+ goals & is fitting on my team, I would rather keep him. My problem with your statement is that you have written off this kid before he has even played 1 game for the Flames. I try to be not so narrow in my thinking.

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#155 seve927
June 29 2013, 11:59AM
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Kevin R wrote:

Ok I guess we'll just disagree. If a player has his power forward game going & is scoring 20+ goals & is fitting on my team, I would rather keep him. My problem with your statement is that you have written off this kid before he has even played 1 game for the Flames. I try to be not so narrow in my thinking.

I don't think there's anything wrong with having an opinion on a player based on his possession numbers. It's just an opinion so it could change when i see how he fits in. Right now, he's not the type of player i'd be looking for.

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