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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Now in his third full season covering the Calgary Flames and the NHL, Ryan Pike is a Calgary native and FlamesNation's managing editor. He's trying to keep his head up, his stick on the ice and is giving it 110% every shift. You can also find his work at The Hockey Writers, the Wrestling Observer and Tough Talk MMA.
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#51 Kevin R
March 05 2014, 10:34AM
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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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#52 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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#53 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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#54 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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#55 Bob Cob
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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#56 Kent Wilson
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?

I think so.

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#57 Jeff In Lethbridge
March 05 2014, 01:33PM
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jdthor wrote:

If the potential return was so low for Burke doesn't that help in negotiations? If no one was willing to give up anything for him then I can't imagine they'd be willing to pay him all that much either.

i don't know if i'd see it that way... i think the player has all the chips because of free agency

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#58 Dave
March 05 2014, 01:41PM
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@Parallex

I Just don't think "any return" is worth giving up Cammy.

"All those important things you mentioned can be done by other players all of whom we can sign come July and don't cost us what Cammy could have netted in return."

All of those things can be done by others to various degrees, however Cammy may be better than others at a)winning hockey games, b)providing internal competition c)educating young players on off ice fitness/training.

I was totally cool with the Flames trading Cammy if the return was right. But defiantly not for anything. If Burke got a 3rd and a 5th for Cammy that would have been a lot worse and how many people on here would be declaring Burke as fail?

Regarding Evidence to him staying my point is simply that there is no concrete evidence either way so to make a statement like he's definitely leaving is as much speculation as saying he's definitely going to re sign.

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#59 Carlizzle
March 05 2014, 01:59PM
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With Berra being dealt, and Ramo still on IR, and Ortio now in the spotlight, who is his backup? and please don't friggin' say it's Macbackup.

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#60 Taylor McKee
March 05 2014, 02:07PM
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Primo wrote:

Relax everyone let's be positive....let me see....we are going to be very well positioned this year and next for top 1-2 picks. That is exactly what this franchise requires! (Ekblad and McDavid) !!

I am not sure hanging on to these vets puts us in that position. Tank nation should be most upset with today's inactivity IMO

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#61 Dave
March 05 2014, 02:25PM
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@Primo

I couldn't agree more!

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#62 Kmp
March 05 2014, 02:28PM
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A 2nd for Berra is a nice return, watch Roy turn him into a star.

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#63 Taylor McKee
March 05 2014, 02:30PM
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What a weird day.

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#64 cgyokgn
March 05 2014, 02:34PM
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Stan wrote:

Stempniak to Pittsburgh. Return TBA.

It's a third round pick.

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#65 seve927
March 05 2014, 02:37PM
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I'd have been happy getting Rundblad out of this deadline. But I think when it's said and done a second and third could be better. I like having 3 picks in the top 50 (unless of course they're traded), and 2 more in the next thirty. Setting up for another good draft.

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#66 piscera.infada
March 05 2014, 02:39PM
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Is it just me or would Pierre LeBrun look far more normal if he didn't have that ridiculous goatee? It makes him look like he has absolutely no chin.

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#67 Robert Johnson
March 05 2014, 02:48PM
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Much ado about nothing. The Flickers are one of the worst sports organizations on the planet.

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#68 mattyc
March 05 2014, 03:06PM
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Speaking of the flames: who's everyone's post-deadline favorites for the cup?

I'm going St. Louis for my man Jbo.

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#69 Nick24
March 05 2014, 03:08PM
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Baalzamon wrote:

The only bad thing about the Berra trade is we have to watch Joey MacDonald again.

Hopefully not for too long. Once Ramo gets back I'd expect MacDonald to get sent down.

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#70 Kurt
March 05 2014, 03:40PM
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BurningSensation wrote:

Why wouldn't we have believed that as our return?

Burke doesn't have a history of trade deadline deals, let alone fire-sales, the market for flawed scoring wingers was glutted (Vanek, Moulson, Hemsky, etc.), and the majority of teams are capped out.

Burke just got us a 2nd round pick for RETO FREAKING BERRA, I am not only NOT disappointed, I am ecstatic!

Does it scare anyone that the Avs wanted Berra so badly?

I'm like everyone else, and think Berra is a dud. But I'm willing to admit I don't know as much about goal tending as Patrick Roy.

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#71 Avalain
March 05 2014, 03:47PM
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Kurt wrote:

I don't understand how people are supportive of keeping Cammy. The guy has already packed his bags. There is ZERO chance he stays. Absolutely none. Why would he?

Burke played chicken, tried to wait until Vanek happened, and got stuck. Now he'll try to spin it.

Why on earth would Cammy resign. There is no reason. He'll make more money, in the city of his choosing, likely on a contending team in the summer. Even if we match money, I can't fathom why he would stay.

So ya, getting a 6th rounder for him would have been humiliating, but less stupid than getting nothing.

Maybe I'm just playing devil's advocate or something here, but I can think of reasons why Cammy would sign.

He could possibly get a 1 year overpayment here, since we'll be paying to stay above the floor anyway.

Or he could take advantage of Burke a little bit and get a longer term contract than he would get from another team, simply because Burke doesn't want to lose him for nothing.

Or, well, maybe he will just walk in the summer. It hasn't happened yet, though, so until something like that happens it's hard to freak out too much about it.

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#72 ?
March 05 2014, 03:55PM
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I will eat some crow now. I was pissed at Burke for not dealing Cammi and only dealing Berra, but now seeing him get A 2ND for Berra and a third for Stemps, I gotta say thats good work.

I'll give him a B-. Good work on the two deals, I just think not dealing Cammi is a mistake.

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#73 Primo
March 05 2014, 09:15PM
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Jakester wrote:

Monahan is the only piece you got.. Oh and I heard jankowski is a steal...

What a disaster that has developed in Vancouver. The Sedin sisters are now too old, Lou is long gone, Kesler wants out. It's going to be a very long struggle. Your nightmare has just started!

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

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#75 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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#76 beloch
March 05 2014, 10:47AM
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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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#77 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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#78 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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#79 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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#80 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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#81 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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#82 Dave
March 05 2014, 01:15PM
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@?

Keeping Cammy is not nothing

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#83 ?
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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#84 ?
March 05 2014, 01:22PM
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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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#85 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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#86 Kent Wilson
March 05 2014, 01:29PM
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That Stemps to PIT trade rumour seems to have disappeared.

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#87 jdthor
March 05 2014, 01:30PM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

I think so.

If the potential return was so low for Burke doesn't that help in negotiations? If no one was willing to give up anything for him then I can't imagine they'd be willing to pay him all that much either.

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#88 Jeff In Lethbridge
March 05 2014, 01:32PM
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OK, what are the chances we get ROR for Berra.... i know, its a bit of a stretch

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#89 danglesnipecelly
March 05 2014, 01:42PM
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Random tweet across the bottom of TSN's coverage just said that they're Stempniaks cousin and that he's going to the Pens... haha still hope??

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#91 Taylor McKee
March 05 2014, 02:03PM
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So, Hanowski is on his way up? Does anyone play for Abbotsford anymore?

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#92 piscera.infada
March 05 2014, 02:04PM
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@suba steve

I completely agree with you. It hurts. That said, I'm not going postal. It just seems like we'll never really know exactly what happened and what was offered from whom. It's just not the end of the world in my opinion.

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#93 Parallex
March 05 2014, 02:24PM
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@Primo

Doesn't make up for getting nothing for Cammy.

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#94 Bean-counting cowboy
March 05 2014, 02:35PM
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3rd round pick for Stempniak. Not bad - thought there should be a fifth added to that like every other trade today, but at least it's something.

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#95 etianap
March 05 2014, 02:40PM
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Disappointing. I hoped for at least late 1st rounder for McKeown or Goldobin. I also wanted the deck somehow cleaned for Knight, Granlund, Reinhart, Baertschi Gaudreau next year.

As for Berra, he played better and better as the season moved on. I don't know if the evaluation has been completed. Hopefully, this trade will not haunt as in the future years if Colorado indeed saw something in him. From our goalie depth from the beginning of season Ramo, Berra, McDonald, Ortio, Gillies, Broissot (practically many unknowns but more shots) we will be not so deep at the beginning of the next season (Ramo established NHLer but with not huge upside, expiring Mac, Ortio, Gillies and unknown Roy. Two good things: 1. At least we don't get rid of Berra cheap (is after all a 2nd rounder - as we envisaged for Stajan or Stempniak) and 2. The goalies market looks to be very liquid (we won't be naked if the things will go bad with Ortio.

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#96 etianap
March 05 2014, 03:24PM
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Stempniak deal confirmed on NHL website. For a 3rd for a contender.

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#97 CTibs
March 05 2014, 03:53PM
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Disappointing, but not surprising that the Flames couldn't move Cammy. Based on the extension talk, I think that Burke knew that if he got a lower than expected return, he could always move on and try his luck resigning Cammalleri. It's not like the Flames absolutely had to move Cammalleri like they had to move Iginla, and even so, Cammalleri's demand is much lower than Iginla's. They weren't going to get 1st round picks and top prospects. Watching the presser right now, it's clear that the offer was so low for Mike that he simply could not accept.

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#98 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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#99 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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#100 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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