2014 Trade Deadline Live Blog

Ryan Pike
March 05 2014 09:22AM

Intrepid boy reporter (and FlamesNation's managing editor) Ryan Pike is hunkered down in the deep recesses of the Scotiabank Saddledome for the 2014 NHL trade deadline. If something goes down today in regards to your Calgary Flames, we'll be all over it.

And if nothing much happens for awhile, we'll do our best to keep you informed and entertained nonetheless. Follow along here at on Twitter: @FlamesNation and @RyanNPike.


9:15am:

Howdy, all. I've just arrived at the Saddledome. With just 11 healthy forwards available for tonight, the Flames have officially recalled Corban Knight and Max Reinhart from the AHL. Knight's been solid with the Heat this year, while Reinhart has reportedly really taken a big leap forward after getting his head kicked in last year (he was -26). Knight has 37 points in 57 games, while Reinhart has 45 points in 51 games. Knight'll wear #10 for the Flames, while #MaxPower returns to his customary #59.

9:40am:
For the curious, here's where the rosters sit as of now - you're gonna feel bad for the few diehard Heat fans here.
FLAMES: Berra & Ortio (G); Smid, Russell, Giordano, Wideman, Brodie, Butler & Smith (D); Colborne, Knight, Backlund, Cammalleri, McGrattan, Bouma, Stempniak, Monahan, Hudler, Byron, Galiardi & Granlund (F); Ramo, D.Jones, Westgarth, Glencross (injured); Stajan (personal/unavailable)
HEAT: MacDonald & Roy (G); Wotherspoon, Breen, Ramage, Arsene, Billins, LaFranchise & O'Brien (D); Street, Elson, Jooris, Trupp, Kremyr, B.Jones, Lyon, Locke, Hanowski, Bancks, Baertschi & Olson (F); Sieloff, Ferland, Foster, Gillies (injured)
So...yeah. Not a heck of a lot going on on the farm. They're without their #1 goalie, their two most dangerous scorers and their top two-way pivot. And they weren't an amazingly deep squad to begin with. If a defender needs to be recalled, it'll be Wotherspoon. If another forward needs to come up... I got no idea. Hanowski? Street? I can't imagine they bring up Baertschi unless they really, really need him.

10:05am:
Derek Smith has cleared waivers.

10:28am:
Flames are on-ice for practice. Everyone's here except for Matt Stajan, Derek Smith and T.J. Galiardi.

10:45am:
Derek Smith has been officially assigned back to Abbotsford. The Flames roster is, at this point, at 22 bodies. Stajan is non-roster, while Westgarth, Ramo, Jones and Glencross are all on the IR.
By the by, Joe Meloni at College Hockey News is reporting (via Twitter) that "I guess everyone figured this. But all signs point to Gaudreau signing in CGY as soon as BC's season is over."

11:22am:
Practice and media availabilities are over the Flames. Galiardi's hurt and Smith got sent down, so the Flames have the bare minimum of healthy NHL bodies right now. If somebody gets shipped out, they'll need a body back (from Abbotsford or elsewhere) to fill out their line-up.
As expected, gigantic scrum for Corban Knight in the locker room. Tons of media here, which is somewhat unusual for a game-day skate.

11:30am:
Granted, they're a development team that this is what was always gonna happen, but you gotta feel a bit bad for the Abbotsford Heat. They play Texas, one of the better teams in the AHL, and by my recollection, they don't have enough centers. Ruh-roh.

12:06pm:
We're an hour from the deadline and so far, the biggest news is that lunch has arrived. Still no chatter whatsoever from the usual suspects regarding Flames moves.

12:31pm:
Still nothing yet. For giggles, Calgary's last 5 years of deadline day moves:

  • 2013 (Feaster): Blake Comeau to Columbus for 5th rounder
  • 2012 (Feaster): Nothing; signed Tim Jackman to extension
  • 2011 (Feaster): 7th rounder to Atlanta for Frederik Modin
  • 2010 (Sutter): Curtis McElhinney to Anaheim for Vesa Toskala, Riley Armstrong to Detroit for Andy Delmore, Dustin Boyd to Nashville for 2010 4th rounder, Aaron Johnson & conditional pick to Edmonton for Steve Staois
  • 2009 (Sutter): Lawrence Nycholat, Ryan Wilson & 2009 2nd rounder to Colorado for Jordan Leopold; Matt Lombardi, Brandon Prust & conditional 1st rounder to Phoenix for Olli Jokinen; Kevin Lalande to Columbus for 4th rounder

Riveting, I know.

12:50pm:
Ten minutes. Flames chatter conspicuously absent from the Twitter machine.

1:00pm:
And we're at the deadline. Trades HAVE to be in the league office as of right now to be processed. Trade calls will be going on consistently throughout the next...however long it takes to do them all. Expect a flurry of announcements over the next hour.

Hopefully there's a Flames trade or two in there.

1:05pm:
Pierre LeBrun indicated that Lee Stempniak may be heading to Pittsburgh. Elliotte Friedman saying maybe something between Calgary and Colorado.

1:09pm:
Adrian Dater is saying Berra may be going to Colorado.

1:19pm:

1:25pm:
Still waiting for details on the potential Stempniak and Berra moves. Flames don't have any extra human bodies in town, so they'd need to bring up a forward and/or a goalie.

1:27pm:

1:55pm:
Still waiting on Burke. Only deal we're expecting to hear about is Reto Berra to Colorado.
An underwhelming trade deadline to say the least.

2:00pm:
Reportedly Ben Hanowski is on is way up, too. (Ryan Pinder got a tweet from a person in Abbotsford that saw him and MacDonald at the Abby airport.)

2:12pm:
Official trade is Reto Berra to Colorado for the Avs' second rounder in this year's draft. Blown away by that return. That's a great get for a guy who was essentially Calgary's back-up.

2:24pm::

Flames now have a 1st (own), two 2nds (own and Colorado's), two 3rds (own and one from Penguins), a 6th (Anaheim's), and their own 7th. Their 4th was sent to Toronto for Joe Colborne, their 5th went to St. Louis for Kris Russell, then 6th went to Dallas for Lane MacDermid.

Bear in mind, we're waiting for official confirmation that the pick from Pittsburgh is for this year's draft.

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Ryan Pike is a Calgary native and FlamesNation's managing editor. He's covered the Flames and the NHL since 2010. His work can also be found at The Hockey Writers and The Wrestling Observer.
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#1 Primo
March 05 2014, 09:34AM
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What a great move by the Flames! A rebuilding team that is rewarding their top 4 players in Abby with time on the big squad! Granlund, Ortio, Rhino and Knight are a big part of the future. And if Ferland was healthy he would be here as well.

Burkie...now make my day with some sensible trades!

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#2 Bean-counting cowboy
March 05 2014, 09:38AM
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Glen Sather has descended to near madness.

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#3 Carlizzle
March 05 2014, 09:38AM
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Rhino and Knight up from Abby, Cammalleri and Stemp gone? Hopefully Butler?

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#4 ?
March 05 2014, 09:46AM
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Wow Marty St.Louis, what a prick

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#5 Burnward
March 05 2014, 09:47AM
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@Bean-counting cowboy

Watch Stevie flip him again. End up with a potential of four 1st rounders for St. Louis.

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#6 Burnward
March 05 2014, 10:11AM
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Burkie looks like he has an ace up his sleeve...

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#7 mk
March 05 2014, 10:11AM
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@Burnward

I doubt the Rangers make the conference finals (which is the condition for the 2nd round pick to become a 1st rounder). If Tampa keeps Callahan (the $ of his next contract might make that decision), this looks like a good trade for them.

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#8 vowswithin
March 05 2014, 10:12AM
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haha poor duthie

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#9 Kmp
March 05 2014, 10:14AM
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Burke just on NHL network, saying Smidgen is his type of player, oh brother!

As a Ranger fan love the St Louis deal, paying Callahan over 6 for 6 would be ridiculous. First and 2nd(conditional 1st is steep) , but better than overpaying a 3rd liner for too long a term.

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#10 beloch
March 05 2014, 10:15AM
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For those not glued to a tube, Burke was just interviewed on TSN.

TSN: Anything going on?
Burke: No.

Sounds like the telephone lines are open but Burke is still waiting for Vanek et al to clear the pipes. TSN asked about Smid and Burke said there was no interest (Surprise!!!) and he doesn't figure other GM's want him anyways since Smid is "his kind of player" (Yeah... He said that.). Finally, he denied that failing to trade Cammy or Stemps would be a failure, since he's happy to resign them if they don't sell.

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#11 Taylor McKee
March 05 2014, 10:15AM
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Not trading Smid? Well, a man can dream...

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#12 beloch
March 05 2014, 10:24AM
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Rumor: Hemsky to Ottawa for a 3rd and a 5th.

That's more than he's worth, but kudos to him for escaping that sinking ship.

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#13 Primo
March 05 2014, 10:27AM
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beloch wrote:

For those not glued to a tube, Burke was just interviewed on TSN.

TSN: Anything going on?
Burke: No.

Sounds like the telephone lines are open but Burke is still waiting for Vanek et al to clear the pipes. TSN asked about Smid and Burke said there was no interest (Surprise!!!) and he doesn't figure other GM's want him anyways since Smid is "his kind of player" (Yeah... He said that.). Finally, he denied that failing to trade Cammy or Stemps would be a failure, since he's happy to resign them if they don't sell.

....waiting for Vanek and Moulson to clear the pipes....then Cammy moves.

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#14 Kevin R
March 05 2014, 10:34AM
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Burnward wrote:

Burkie looks like he has an ace up his sleeve...

Wonder if Stevie Y wants Jiri Didler(Hudler) & that extra 1st in 2015 looks mighty tasty in a package back. We have so much cap space, maybe a move for Callahan & give him his 5 years for 6.5mill might be worth it. We need to get to the ceiling so that justifies the overpay$$$ & he would make a great leader for the wave of young guys we are about to bring in. Ive always liked him as a player.

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#15 Parallex
March 05 2014, 10:36AM
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@beloch

Would be happy to resign them? Uh huh... kind of nelecting to mention that their willingness to resign is an equal part of the equation and it would be an unmitigated failure if they don't.

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#16 prendrefeu
March 05 2014, 10:45AM
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Anyone else get the sensation that the Flames won't be involved in any trades today?

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#17 beloch
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@prendrefeu

We're basically watching old men play chicken. It's usually pretty tense when young men do it, but old men have a habit of falling asleep at the wheel...

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#18 SmellOfVictory
March 05 2014, 10:52AM
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Anyone else get the sensation that the Flames won't be involved in any trades today?

God I hope that's not the case. I want Cammy and one of Butler/Smid to be traded to someone. Don't really care what the return would be on the last two, just something to make life more interesting.

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#20 BurningSensation
March 05 2014, 10:56AM
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Bean-counting cowboy wrote:

Glen Sather has descended to near madness.

'Near'?

Trading a 1st and a 2nd for St Louis is bad enough, but he threw in his captain as well.

Pure. Nutzo.

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#21 mk
March 05 2014, 10:57AM
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Ryan Pike wrote:

In the Dome media lounge, we have a TV with Sportsnet's coverage on one side and a TV with TSN's coverage on the other side. The entire throng of reporters shifted from one end of the room to the other depending what network Burke was on.

And he said the same thing on both, right? At the very least, I liked his comment yesterday about how a team in the bottom of the standings shouldn't have a long list of "untouchables". Hopefully he understands that youth should command I high price if we get rid of it.

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#22 Kent Wilson
March 05 2014, 11:02AM
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Feels like another bout of waiting for Godot at the deadline for Flames fans.

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#23 Lee
March 05 2014, 11:05AM
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We need to keep Smid, hes a machine since coming to Calgary. Calgary needs a number one goaltender. Berra and Ramo have been good. But we need someone for the next 2-3 as a number one. There have been 36 games decided by one goal, for a win or a loss. Halak, or Ward would fit in good for Calgary

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#24 BurningSensation
March 05 2014, 11:06AM
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A 3rd and a 5th for Hemsky now headed to Ottawa.

A. This is a terrific deal for a player of Hemsky's caliber

B. Edmonton gets even worse in the short term

C. It may mean that a 1st for Cammalleri is just not going to happen

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#25 BigRo
March 05 2014, 11:07AM
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Anyone have a line of sight to the potential to nab Gelinas from the Devils?

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#26 piscera.infada
March 05 2014, 11:08AM
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@Lee

So what are you giving up? 2014/15 first rounder + Baerstchi, Gaudreau, Monahan, etc. ? I think not! This team doesn't need to make a splash for a UFA goalie (Halak), or an older goalie that will at most plunge us back into mediocrity (Ward).

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#27 Rockmorton65
March 05 2014, 11:09AM
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BurningSensation wrote:

A 3rd and a 5th for Hemsky now headed to Ottawa.

A. This is a terrific deal for a player of Hemsky's caliber

B. Edmonton gets even worse in the short term

C. It may mean that a 1st for Cammalleri is just not going to happen

Sweet Moses! Edmonton can get WORSE???!? There goes Ekblad.

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#28 burkieeeee
March 05 2014, 11:10AM
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I wouldn't really mind if the flames didn't make any moves, but in that case it would have been really nice if Burke didn't hype this up like is was ~~~SpRiNg BreAk 2012!!!~~

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#29 Primo
March 05 2014, 11:13AM
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Anyone else get the sensation that the Flames won't be involved in any trades today?

Very possible. If you can't get what you want in trades you resign your assets and trade them later rather then give them away! Let's not pull another JBo!!

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#30 Justin Azevedo
March 05 2014, 11:14AM
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don't forget to ask your questions at ask.fm/flamesnation for this weekend's open thread

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#31 Kevin R
March 05 2014, 11:22AM
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Primo wrote:

Very possible. If you can't get what you want in trades you resign your assets and trade them later rather then give them away! Let's not pull another JBo!!

Really though, I can see taking your chances of resigning Stemps, if he walks whatever. Would be a shame to see Butler walk without getting anything back either but not earth ending. Cammi, you really need to get something back even if its a 2nd. The silver lining is that we didn't really give up a lot to acquire these guys so it be more of a case of big disappointment to walk away with zero trades. However, teams like the Islanders & Buffalo, if they lose the likes of Vanek, Halak & Moulson for nothing. That's pretty serious stuff. That's high rolling on the crap table to say the least.

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#32 Kent Wilson
March 05 2014, 11:23AM
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I don't know if the Flames will be able to retain guys like Cammalleri and Stempniak if they fail to trade them. It would be very easy for them to walk away and look for greener pastures in the summer.

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#33 SoCalFlamesFan
March 05 2014, 11:34AM
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I have been waiting for this day, the hope of some more prospects maybe picks, and a hope of playoffs for Cammy and others who deserve another shot. If nothing happens I will be disappointed and Burke should get fired tomorrow (Gross incompetence).

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#34 beloch
March 05 2014, 11:34AM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

I don't know if the Flames will be able to retain guys like Cammalleri and Stempniak if they fail to trade them. It would be very easy for them to walk away and look for greener pastures in the summer.

They'll sign if the price is right, but the right price might make them harder to trade at next year's deadline. I would hope that Burke has felt things out with these players sufficiently to know how low he should go at this deadline.

The trade pipeline is still clogged, but some of the lesser UFA's behind Cammalleri have already managed to leak out. Perhaps with them gone, other GM's will finally star nibblng...

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#35 mattyc
March 05 2014, 11:35AM
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Should we just hang ourselves then?

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#36 Rockmorton65
March 05 2014, 11:36AM
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Isn't it funny how, with Burke, some see patience and some see stubbornness?

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#37 Johnny Be Gaudreau
March 05 2014, 11:38AM
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doesn't seem like much doing at the moment.

You have to figure if the plan was to trade Cammy and Stepniak they'd have a few more bodies from Abby hanging around the city. I suppose they could be on standby in abby only an hour's flight away. So there is that.

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#38 Chris
March 05 2014, 11:44AM
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Umm... so Gaborik got Frattin, 2nd round, and a conditional 3rd? Why didn't Burke get that for Cammi? Gaborik is one hit away from the infirmary again!

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#39 Bean-counting cowboy
March 05 2014, 11:49AM
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Johnny Be Gaudreau wrote:

doesn't seem like much doing at the moment.

You have to figure if the plan was to trade Cammy and Stepniak they'd have a few more bodies from Abby hanging around the city. I suppose they could be on standby in abby only an hour's flight away. So there is that.

Reinhart and knight were called up today

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#40 Kent Wilson
March 05 2014, 11:49AM
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Goc traded! GOC!!

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#41 piscera.infada
March 05 2014, 11:51AM
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@Kent Wilson

Is he not the next Crosby?

Oh, and... #Butler4Bergeron2014!!!!

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#42 Primo
March 05 2014, 11:51AM
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Should we just hang ourselves then?

No need to hang yourself...sign, over pay a bit in return for a generous trade list.

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#44 Rockmorton65
March 05 2014, 11:59AM
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What in the blue hell is going on with Vanek and Moulson?

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#45 Parallex
March 05 2014, 12:02PM
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Primo wrote:

No need to hang yourself...sign, over pay a bit in return for a generous trade list.

Overpaying a bit in dollars is easy... but guys want term as well. I don't see either signing a one year deal and I think Cammy will want three (minimum). Dollars might not be an impediament but term certainly can be.

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#46 Carlizzle
March 05 2014, 12:06PM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

Goc traded! GOC!!

Panthers get

5th-Round Pick (2014) 3rd-Round Pick (2015)

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#47 Bean-counting cowboy
March 05 2014, 12:09PM
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NJD get Rutuu. Must be out on Cammy then. One less suitor.

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#48 Bean-counting cowboy
March 05 2014, 12:11PM
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Bean-counting cowboy wrote:

NJD get Rutuu. Must be out on Cammy then. One less suitor.

And with LA getting Gaborik, they are likely out. Anaheim to get Vanek most likely would put them out. My Phoenix prediction for Cammy might come true yet (Erat is not considered a substantial addition)!

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#49 Parallex
March 05 2014, 12:14PM
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What in the blue hell is going on with Vanek and Moulson?

Snow and Murray waiting out the market I guess.

After trading Penner Anaheim has got to be angling to take someone on wing... gotta think they're after Vanek and are waiting on Snow to blink. L.A. is probably done after getting Gaborik I wager.

C'mon Burke... do something already. You're about to find yourself alone at the dance.

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#50 suba steve
March 05 2014, 12:24PM
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@Lee

We have just gone through a period where a strong goaltender made the team seem better then it really was, propping the team up and diminishing yearly draft returns.

Yes, I would like an all world goaltender...but not today. If Jon Gillies is that tender, and he is ready in 2-3 years, that's just perfect timing.

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