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

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#102 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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#103 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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#104 Taylor McKee
March 05 2014, 10:15AM
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Not trading Smid? Well, a man can dream...

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#105 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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#106 prendrefeu
March 05 2014, 10:45AM
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Anyone else get the sensation that the Flames won't be involved in any trades today?

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#107 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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#108 SmellOfVictory
March 05 2014, 10:52AM
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prendrefeu wrote:

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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#110 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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#111 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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#112 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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#113 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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#114 piscera.infada
March 05 2014, 11:08AM
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@Lee

So what are you giving up? 2014/15 first rounder + Baerstchi, Gaudreau, Monahan, etc. ? I think not! This team doesn't need to make a splash for a UFA goalie (Halak), or an older goalie that will at most plunge us back into mediocrity (Ward).

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#115 Primo
March 05 2014, 11:13AM
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prendrefeu wrote:

Anyone else get the sensation that the Flames won't be involved in any trades today?

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!!

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#116 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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#117 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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#118 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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#119 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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#120 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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#121 Johnny Be Gaudreau
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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#122 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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#123 Bean-counting cowboy
March 05 2014, 11:49AM
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Johnny Be Gaudreau wrote:

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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#124 Kent Wilson
March 05 2014, 11:49AM
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Goc traded! GOC!!

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#125 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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#126 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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#128 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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#129 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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#130 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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#131 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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#132 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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#133 Parallex
March 05 2014, 12:14PM
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Rockmorton65 wrote:

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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#134 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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#135 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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#137 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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#139 ?
March 05 2014, 12:43PM
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Cmon Burke, get going

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#140 burkieeeee
March 05 2014, 12:45PM
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Burke really showing some intensity with all these moves

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#141 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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#142 vowswithin
March 05 2014, 12:50PM
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10 minutes to go.......

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#144 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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#145 vowswithin
March 05 2014, 01:05PM
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Ohh maybe Stemp to pits apparently

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#146 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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#147 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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#148 vowswithin
March 05 2014, 01:15PM
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Cammy is staying for now......

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#149 beloch
March 05 2014, 01:16PM
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Berra traded for a pick? Probably a good move if true.

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#150 Matt
March 05 2014, 01:16PM
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Reto Berra to Colorado apparently

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