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 fourth 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 and the Wrestling Observer.
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#101 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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#103 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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#104 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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#105 burkieeeee
March 05 2014, 12:45PM
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Burke really showing some intensity with all these moves

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#106 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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#107 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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#109 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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#110 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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#111 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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#112 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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#113 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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#114 vowswithin
March 05 2014, 01:15PM
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Cammy is staying for now......

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

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#116 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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#117 Bean-counting cowboy
March 05 2014, 01:17PM
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Berra traded!

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#118 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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#119 Pizzaman
March 05 2014, 01:33PM
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If TVA and Lavoie gets the news on Cammy first (i.e. no trade)does that mean the leak is our French Canadian coaching staff?

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#121 mk
March 05 2014, 02:27PM
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Stan wrote:

2nd round pick for Berra. Confirmed. Thats astounding value. Gotta be happy with that, even though I'm pretty choked we didn't move more of our UFAs.

I'm floored by this. I don't understand at all. Burke must've had a hard time keeping a straight face during the trade call. Oh well, good for us and Berra.

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#122 Parallex
March 05 2014, 03:11PM
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@etianap

It is immensely disappointing... I'm pretty sure that if you told people a day or two ago that we'd be walking out of the deadline with just a 2nd and a 3rd few if any people would believe you.

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#123 Parallex
March 05 2014, 03:14PM
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mattyc wrote:

Speaking of the flames: who's everyone's post-deadline favorites for the cup?

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

Penguins out of the east and Blackhawks out of the west.

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#124 piscera.infada
March 05 2014, 04:30PM
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Kurt wrote:

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.

It kind of scares me, but goalies are extremely tough to predict (as everyone knows). The thing that scares me is the mutinous mob will be up in arms if Berra ever does turn in to something - without ever mentioning they were the mutinous mob when he was getting equal playing time with Ramo.

I think it's a win of a deal for both sides actually. Colorado gets an insurance goalie if one of the two in front of him gets injured. The Flames get a very strong return for a goalie that is really nothing but question marks at this point.

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#126 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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#127 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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#128 Taylor McKee
March 05 2014, 10:15AM
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Not trading Smid? Well, a man can dream...

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#129 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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#130 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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#131 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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#132 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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#133 Rockmorton65
March 05 2014, 11:09AM
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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

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

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#134 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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#135 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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#136 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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#137 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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#138 mattyc
March 05 2014, 11:35AM
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@Kent Wilson

Should we just hang ourselves then?

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#139 SVENSANITY
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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#140 Bean-counting cowboy
March 05 2014, 11:49AM
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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.

Reinhart and knight were called up today

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#141 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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#142 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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#143 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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#144 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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#147 ?
March 05 2014, 12:43PM
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Cmon Burke, get going

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#148 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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#149 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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#150 vowswithin
March 05 2014, 01:05PM
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Ohh maybe Stemp to pits apparently

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