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

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

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#153 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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#154 Matt
March 05 2014, 01:22PM
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Hearing that Vanek is going to the Habs

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#155 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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#156 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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#157 RexLibris
March 05 2014, 01:26PM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

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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#158 Bean-counting cowboy
March 05 2014, 01:26PM
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Bean-counting cowboy wrote:

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.

Hmmmn. Vanek to MTL. Guess they were likely not using Cammy as leverage.

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#159 Carlizzle
March 05 2014, 01:31PM
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Carlizzle wrote:

Moulson to the Wild

Vanek dealt as well, waiting to see...

Vanek to the Habs

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#160 mk
March 05 2014, 01:33PM
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What's the pick we're getting for Berra? 5th round?

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#161 cgyokgn
March 05 2014, 01:34PM
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I actually thought Berra had been playing much better recently but his overall numbers aren't great. I guess they'll be leaning on Ortio going forward... a bit like an audition. I hope they do play him and not put Joey Mac back in net (except when there are back-to-back games), although I assume he'll be called up. Is Ramo done for the season?

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#162 RexLibris
March 05 2014, 01:42PM
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Given the market values, where does Cammalleri rank?

St. Louis - 1st, conditional pick and pending UFA Vanek - 2nd rounder and prospect Moulson + - prospect and TBA Hemsky and Goc - 3rd and 5th round picks Penner - 4th round pick

I'd slot Cammalleri in the Hemsky/Goc range on account of size and recent concussion.

So would Flames fans rather have taken say a 4th or a 3rd round pick for him than risk losing him for nothing, or at best a very, very late pick for his negotiation rights should it come to that?

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#164 mk
March 05 2014, 02:13PM
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It looks like Western Canada will be a goalie wasteland for the next little bit. Everyone is either a rookie, very inexperienced or not very good.

Lack (he of 26 NHL games) looks like the best in the west. Wow.

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#165 Dave
March 05 2014, 02:27PM
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I love that there are different views on how this team should approach the rebuild! it makes for very interesting dialogue

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#166 Parallex
March 05 2014, 02:38PM
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Primo wrote:

No question he will SIGN Cammy! You heard it here first!

He can't just sign him... it has to be a reasonable (i.e relatively short no more then two years) deal.

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#167 Jakester
March 05 2014, 03:10PM
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As a nucks fan I gotta say berra for a 2nd is a nice pickup. However this is going to be a looooongggg rebuild.

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#168 Byron Bader
March 05 2014, 03:10PM
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@mattyc

St. Louis and Chicago look good.

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#169 etianap
March 05 2014, 03:21PM
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@Parallex

I'm not even sure about the 3rd pick. As I've understood from TSN the Pittsburgh deal for Stempniak was a late call and perhaps will not be registered by the league. The Flames website also announced the Berra deal, but nothing about Stempniak. It would be a disappointment for Stemps too because he could easily be traded to a legit contender. On the other hand I think he should be resigned. He is decent point producer, he has leadership qualities, he embraced the rebuilding, he is a good PK guy. From the UFAs at the beginning of the season I hoped favored Cammalleri, Stajan and Butler clearing up the deck. On the other hand I thought that we should resign Stempniak if we do not have more than a 2nd round return. We'll see if it is a deal with the Penguins and if not what Burke think about Stempniak.

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#170 Parallex
March 05 2014, 03:36PM
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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!

So out of Butler, Cammy, Stempniak, Berra you expected to acquire less then a 2nd and a 3rd? Suuuuure you did.

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#171 Kmp
March 05 2014, 03:46PM
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Baalzamon wrote:

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

If Ortio gets hurt you could be seeing an awful lot of him.

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#172 Jakester
March 05 2014, 05:27PM
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@Jeff In Lethbridge

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

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#173 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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#174 vowswithin
March 05 2014, 10:12AM
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haha poor duthie

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#175 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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#176 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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#177 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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#178 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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#179 Kent Wilson
March 05 2014, 11:49AM
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Goc traded! GOC!!

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#180 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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#181 Primo
March 05 2014, 11:51AM
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mattyc wrote:

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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#182 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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#183 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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#184 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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#185 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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#186 vowswithin
March 05 2014, 12:50PM
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10 minutes to go.......

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#187 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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#188 Kent Wilson
March 05 2014, 01:22PM
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@Bob Cob

Joey Mac is still in the minors as well.

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#189 Kmp
March 05 2014, 01:23PM
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the-wolf wrote:

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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#190 Jakester
March 05 2014, 01:44PM
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fail

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#192 Parallex
March 05 2014, 02:04PM
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Carlizzle wrote:

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.

It's MacFrigginBackup.

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#193 seve927
March 05 2014, 02:39PM
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Parallex wrote:

That's pretty much what I was expecting for him. I like Stempniak, good solid NHL'er... best of luck to Lee, Mrs. Stempniak, and his two new lil'darlings.

Yes. In my excitement about the 2nd, I forgot to mention. I'd love to have Stempy back if he wants to just leave his family here for a couple of months and then come back!

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#194 etianap
March 05 2014, 02:55PM
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Kent, Ryan, What are the chances to see yet the Flames we another 1st rounder by a trade moving up or by unloading some of resigned UFAs before deadline?

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#195 kittensandcookies
March 05 2014, 03:03PM
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Baalzamon wrote:

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

I heard he has to wear a paper bag over his head while on the bench.

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#196 Jakester
March 05 2014, 03:25PM
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God I sure hate the oil but how nice would a Hall be on this team right now?

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#197 RKD
March 05 2014, 04:09PM
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A 3rd round pick for Stempniak, a 2nd round pick for Berra at that rate we could have traded Cammy for a 1st. Heard Burke on the Fan saying the bidding war for Vanek and Moulson not sure there was one considering what Montreal gave up for Vanek created a huge logjam, so any team who wanted Cammy was probably too late. Burke also said he did have 1 or 2 teams asking on Cammy and some callers on Chris Butler.

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#198 Jeff In Lethbridge
March 06 2014, 08:19AM
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Jakester wrote:

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

oh really?

:-)

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