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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#51 John
March 05 2014, 12:24PM
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LA, NJ, Phoenix, Ottawa have picked up scoring help, that doesn't leave many teams left to bid for Cammy. Looks like Burke price maybe too high, with Pittsburgh looking at Kesler and Moulson, it doesn't look good.

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#52 mattyc
March 05 2014, 12:27PM
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@John

Wild, Devils, Wings, Pens, BHawks, lots of teams still out there.

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#54 mk
March 05 2014, 12:31PM
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NOOOO! Tim Thomas to the Stars apparently. I was really hoping to see Luongo and Thomas together on that team. Lame.

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#55 Kent Wilson
March 05 2014, 12:37PM
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Down to the wire here. If the Flames do nothing, is this the first modern deadline where a bottom-5 club doesn't sell any pieces?

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#56 vowswithin
March 05 2014, 12:40PM
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Come on boys we got 23 minutes, get something done here.

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#58 ?
March 05 2014, 12:43PM
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Cmon Burke, get going

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#59 burkieeeee
March 05 2014, 12:45PM
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Burke really showing some intensity with all these moves

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#60 danglesnipecelly
March 05 2014, 12:45PM
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FML... 6hrs invested into this trade deadline so far and nothing from Calgary. Go time Burke!

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#61 Kevin R
March 05 2014, 12:47PM
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I cant take this anymore. WTF WTF WTF Im going to go walk the dog, take a crap & then get me a stiff Crown. Wake me up when this thing is over. I cant believe we do nothing!!!! Bottom 5 team with marketable NHL UFA's & we cant even get 7th round pick. :( :(

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#62 mk
March 05 2014, 12:50PM
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This is like watching the paint dry on the walls while your neighbours are having a swap meet on the lawn. Doesn't someone want to buy my junk?

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#63 vowswithin
March 05 2014, 12:50PM
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10 minutes to go.......

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#64 Parallex
March 05 2014, 12:55PM
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8 minutes... FFS Burke do something! We don't have the luxery to not move these guys.

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#66 Dave
March 05 2014, 12:57PM
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If the Flames can resign Cammy and Stemps I'll be very happy about that.

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#67 vowswithin
March 05 2014, 12:57PM
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@Ryan Pike

Good point, last year I remember deals coming in 20 minutes or more after deadline.

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#68 Kent Wilson
March 05 2014, 12:57PM
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Yeah it can take like an hour for the final trades to trickle in.

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#69 Parallex
March 05 2014, 01:01PM
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Okey... 1:00PM, just gotta hope something is in waiting to be processed

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#70 vowswithin
March 05 2014, 01:05PM
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Ohh maybe Stemp to pits apparently

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#71 Primo
March 05 2014, 01:05PM
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Stempniak to Pittsburg?

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#72 beloch
March 05 2014, 01:06PM
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"Pittsburgh close on Stempniak".

It's not Cammy, but it's not nothing.

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#73 Dav
March 05 2014, 01:08PM
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I know I'm in the minority but I would prefer to have these vets re signed. Trade then WHEN they become redundant not before. For me it goes back to letting the younger players earn their spots by outplaying the vets.

I am fully aware that this can create a log jam of players but I don't think the flames are at that point.

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#74 SmellOfVictory
March 05 2014, 01:10PM
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vowswithin wrote:

Ohh maybe Stemp to pits apparently

It would make a ton of sense. He's solid, cheap, and a winger, which are all three things that suit the Pens quite nicely.

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#75 SmellOfVictory
March 05 2014, 01:12PM
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Dav wrote:

I know I'm in the minority but I would prefer to have these vets re signed. Trade then WHEN they become redundant not before. For me it goes back to letting the younger players earn their spots by outplaying the vets.

I am fully aware that this can create a log jam of players but I don't think the flames are at that point.

You're neglecting to mention one important facet of the situation: whether they want to re-sign or not. Athletes don't like losing, and veteran athletes often don't like being involved in rebuilds; I think it's very likely that one or both of Stempniak and Cammalleri have no interest in re-signing with Calgary.

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#76 Dave
March 05 2014, 01:14PM
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@SmellOfVictory

I have to believe that if the players were dead set against signing in Calgary Burke would have taken anything he could get for them. If Burke has an inkling that they'll sign then I'm ok with them staying.

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#77 vowswithin
March 05 2014, 01:15PM
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Cammy is staying for now......

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#78 ?
March 05 2014, 01:15PM
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Wow Cammaleri didn't get traded. That's a direct mistake on Burke's part, cuz something is better than nothing.

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#79 Dave
March 05 2014, 01:15PM
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@?

Keeping Cammy is not nothing

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#80 beloch
March 05 2014, 01:16PM
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Berra traded for a pick? Probably a good move if true.

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#81 Matt
March 05 2014, 01:16PM
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Reto Berra to Colorado apparently

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#82 Kent Wilson
March 05 2014, 01:16PM
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It's kind of amazing that the Flames couldn't sell Cammalleri.

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#83 vowswithin
March 05 2014, 01:17PM
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Berra gone to Colorado apparently.

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#84 Kmp
March 05 2014, 01:17PM
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Stempniak to Pitt, Berra to Col.

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#85 the-wolf
March 05 2014, 01:17PM
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Stemps to Pens? Anything official?

Why did they not move Cammi? Stupid.

At least Berra is gone.

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#86 Bean-counting cowboy
March 05 2014, 01:17PM
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Berra traded!

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#87 Carlizzle
March 05 2014, 01:18PM
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Moulson to the Wild

Vanek dealt as well, waiting to see...

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#88 Matt
March 05 2014, 01:19PM
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Guessing other teams didnt want to pay up for Cammy, hopefully we can resign for at least a year so its not a total waste.

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#89 Parallex
March 05 2014, 01:20PM
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If Cammy walks come July Burke becomes a worse GM for us then Feaster.

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#90 ?
March 05 2014, 01:20PM
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Dave wrote:

Keeping Cammy is not nothing

Yea of course, cuz he'll be huge in a rebuild 3 years from now.

Cammi's leaving July 1, everyone is pointing in that direction

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#91 Bob Cobb
March 05 2014, 01:21PM
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Apparently the only thing Burke had up his sleeve was his arm and hopefully a comb.

So now Calgary has no goalies, is the tank job on in Calgary or does Burke still think the playoffs are possible?

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#92 ?
March 05 2014, 01:22PM
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Parallex wrote:

If Cammy walks come July Burke becomes a worse GM for us then Feaster.

Not sure if it's that severe, but it's certainly a mistake

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#93 Kent Wilson
March 05 2014, 01:22PM
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Joey Mac is still in the minors as well.

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#94 Matt
March 05 2014, 01:22PM
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Hearing that Vanek is going to the Habs

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#95 Kmp
March 05 2014, 01:23PM
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Stemps to Pens? Anything official?

Why did they not move Cammi? Stupid.

At least Berra is gone.

No they mentioned it on nhl network not confirmed.

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#96 Michael
March 05 2014, 01:24PM
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Does this mean the pressure is on Burke to resign Cammy, even if it means overpaying?

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#97 Bean-counting cowboy
March 05 2014, 01:24PM
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I'm guessing the team in on Vanek was using Cammy as leverage in the negotiations as a backup plan. Burke knew this and hands were tied. Hope he had enough time after Vanek got done to make something happen. Hope Burkie had a plan B.

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#98 Dave
March 05 2014, 01:24PM
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where is the evidence for his imminent departure?

Cammy staying during the rebuild would be beneficial by keeping the competitive attitude alive, educating the younger players, reaching the cap floor, winning a few hockey games. All of those are immensely important things.

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#99 beloch
March 05 2014, 01:26PM
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Michael wrote:

Does this mean the pressure is on Burke to resign Cammy, even if it means overpaying?

Yup. Overpaying would reduce his trade value, but that beats completely losing it!

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#100 RexLibris
March 05 2014, 01:26PM
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Joey Mac is still in the minors as well.

I think that was Bob Cob's point.

;)

Very underwhelming TD day for the Flames.

I would have thought Stempniak would be worth a 3rd rounder, but seeing Penner go for a 4th yesterday pretty much torpedoed his value.

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