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.
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.
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.
Derek Smith has cleared waivers.
Flames are on-ice for practice. Everyone's here except for Matt Stajan, Derek Smith and T.J. Galiardi.
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."
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.
Haven't seen the Flames dressing room this crowded since the playoffs.. & that's a while ago.Cammalleri still a Flame pic.twitter.com/c5524zlNzY— Grant Pollock (@Global_Pollock) March 5, 2014
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.
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.
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.
Ten minutes. Flames chatter conspicuously absent from the Twitter machine.
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.
Pierre LeBrun indicated that Lee Stempniak may be heading to Pittsburgh. Elliotte Friedman saying maybe something between Calgary and Colorado.
Adrian Dater is saying Berra may be going to Colorado.
Avs acquire Reto Berra from Calgary for pick #DaterCentre— Adrian Dater (@adater) March 5, 2014
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.
Joey MacDonald appears to be on his way to Cgy to backup Joni Ortio tonight for #Flames— Roger Millions (@RogMillions) March 5, 2014
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.
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.)
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.
The Stempniak to Pittsburgh trade awaits a trade call still. Obviously the league is backed up on these things.— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) March 5, 2014
Catching up. Stempniak to Pitt for a 3rd.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) March 5, 2014
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.