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 Primo
March 05 2014, 02:23PM
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Getting a second for Berra is just a taste of what Burke will do for the Flames! Berra a 27 year old goalie who let's huge rebounds out and can't hold a lead in the 3rd period gets you a second rounder! Yah!

If Burke signs Cammy which I believe he will do he will then in essence ensure his young players are surrounded with solid veterans. Remember the Oiler model??

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#52 Kent Wilson
March 05 2014, 02:50PM
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Nice work on the liveblog today Ryan. Thanks.

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#53 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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#54 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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#55 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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#56 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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#57 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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#58 Burnward
March 05 2014, 10:11AM
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Burkie looks like he has an ace up his sleeve...

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#59 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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#60 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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#61 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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#62 mattyc
March 05 2014, 11:35AM
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@Kent Wilson

Should we just hang ourselves then?

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#63 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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#64 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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#65 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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#66 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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#67 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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#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 Primo
March 05 2014, 01:05PM
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Stempniak to Pittsburg?

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#71 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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#72 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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#73 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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#74 Kent Wilson
March 05 2014, 01:22PM
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@Bob Cobb

Joey Mac is still in the minors as well.

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#75 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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#76 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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#77 ?
March 05 2014, 01:28PM
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Dave wrote:

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.

Evidence for him leaving?

He didn't resign in 09 when the Flames were a playoff team, why would he resign when their challenging for worst in the league? Money? He could get similar money on the open market.

Not to mention the fact that Cammi probably wants to win a Stanley Cup, cuz he ain't getting any younger

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#78 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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#79 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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#80 Primo
March 05 2014, 01:35PM
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I'm assuming Burke has some kind of confirmation from Cammy's agent that he will re-sign here. I hope......it's in writing!

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#81 mk
March 05 2014, 01:46PM
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@danglesnipecelly

Stempniak for Crosby? Sounds about fair. Though, to account for the cap we'd be taking, they should throw in a couple 1st round picks...

Oh, I should wake up. Only dreams...

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#82 suba steve
March 05 2014, 01:50PM
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@piscera.infada

Does kinda put into perspective the returns last year (Iggy), we got something but most said not enough. This year no trade (Cammi) and many are saying shoulda taken whatever may have been offered.

In the long term, Burke can stick with the claim that "the price is what I'm asking, if you don't want to pay it, I will keep the asset." Could be a benefit in coming years? But not moving Cammi does HURT. Buff made so many deals and scored so many picks.

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#83 Parallex
March 05 2014, 01:54PM
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@RexLibris

Why aren't you including Gaborik?

Frankly... considering that for every two reason someone can come up with for Cammy to elect to stay I can probably think of two for him to elect to go.

It was a simple decision making process... will Cammy sign an acceptable extension before the deadline yes or no. If yes, try to trade and if prices not to your liking sign if no make the best deal you can... it'll be better then the conditional 6th round pick you'll get on draft day.

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#84 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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#85 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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#86 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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#87 Taylor McKee
March 05 2014, 02:20PM
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seve927 wrote:

The 2nd I'll take. I liked Berra, but a pick around 40 is just fine.

Hopefully he doesn't turn into a star, but even if he does, it's a good return right now.

That Berra trade is larceny

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#88 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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#89 Taylor McKee
March 05 2014, 02:30PM
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What a weird day.

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#90 mk
March 05 2014, 02:32PM
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The BEST part about the Berra trade is that if they play him enough, the draft pick we got will IMPROVE in value! :D

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#91 Kent Wilson
March 05 2014, 02:34PM
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A 2nd for Berra is surprisingly good.

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#92 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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#93 kittensandcookies
March 05 2014, 02:37PM
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Remind me to never play poker with Burke.

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#94 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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#95 Byron Bader
March 05 2014, 03:10PM
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St. Louis and Chicago look good.

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#96 BurningSensation
March 05 2014, 03:31PM
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Parallex wrote:

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.

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!

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#97 Kurt
March 05 2014, 03:40PM
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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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#98 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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#99 ?
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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#100 mk
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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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