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.

51a8cdc527ce12d222fdc583f3cf4368
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.
Avatar
#151 vowswithin
March 05 2014, 01:17PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
1
props

Berra gone to Colorado apparently.

Avatar
#152 Kmp
March 05 2014, 01:17PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
2
props

Stempniak to Pitt, Berra to Col.

Avatar
#153 the-wolf
March 05 2014, 01:17PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
2
props

Stemps to Pens? Anything official?

Why did they not move Cammi? Stupid.

At least Berra is gone.

Avatar
#154 Bean-counting cowboy
March 05 2014, 01:17PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
2
props

Berra traded!

Avatar
#155 Carlizzle
March 05 2014, 01:18PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
0
props

Moulson to the Wild

Vanek dealt as well, waiting to see...

Avatar
#156 Matt
March 05 2014, 01:19PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
1
props

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.

Avatar
#157 ?
March 05 2014, 01:22PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
3
props
Parallex wrote:

If Cammy walks come July Burke becomes a worse GM for us then Feaster.

Not sure if it's that severe, but it's certainly a mistake

Avatar
#158 Matt
March 05 2014, 01:22PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
1
props

Hearing that Vanek is going to the Habs

Avatar
#159 Kmp
March 05 2014, 01:23PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
0
props
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.

Avatar
#160 Michael
March 05 2014, 01:24PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
3
props

Does this mean the pressure is on Burke to resign Cammy, even if it means overpaying?

Avatar
#161 Bean-counting cowboy
March 05 2014, 01:24PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
1
props

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.

Avatar
#162 beloch
March 05 2014, 01:26PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
1
props
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!

Avatar
#163 Parallex
March 05 2014, 01:30PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
9
props

@Dave

Where is the evidence that he'll want to stay? Are we going to give him term and $$?

All those important things you mentioned can be done by other players all of whom we can sign come July and don't cost us what Cammy could have netted in return.

Unless people are wrong and there is still a Cammy trade coming this can't be seen as anything but an epic fail by Burke.

Avatar
#164 jdthor
March 05 2014, 01:30PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
3
props
Kent Wilson wrote:

I think so.

If the potential return was so low for Burke doesn't that help in negotiations? If no one was willing to give up anything for him then I can't imagine they'd be willing to pay him all that much either.

Avatar
#165 Carlizzle
March 05 2014, 01:31PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
1
props
Carlizzle wrote:

Moulson to the Wild

Vanek dealt as well, waiting to see...

Vanek to the Habs

Avatar
#166 Pizzaman
March 05 2014, 01:33PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
2
props

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?

Avatar
#167 Jeff In Lethbridge
March 05 2014, 01:33PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
4
props
jdthor wrote:

If the potential return was so low for Burke doesn't that help in negotiations? If no one was willing to give up anything for him then I can't imagine they'd be willing to pay him all that much either.

i don't know if i'd see it that way... i think the player has all the chips because of free agency

Avatar
#168 danglesnipecelly
March 05 2014, 01:42PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
3
props

Random tweet across the bottom of TSN's coverage just said that they're Stempniaks cousin and that he's going to the Pens... haha still hope??

Avatar
#171 Taylor McKee
March 05 2014, 02:03PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
3
props

So, Hanowski is on his way up? Does anyone play for Abbotsford anymore?

Avatar
#172 Parallex
March 05 2014, 02:04PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
0
props
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.

Avatar
#175 mk
March 05 2014, 02:13PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
1
props

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.

Avatar
#176 Stan
March 05 2014, 02:14PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
25
props

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.

Avatar
#177 seve927
March 05 2014, 02:16PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
5
props

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.

Avatar
#178 Stan
March 05 2014, 02:19PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
6
props

Stempniak to Pittsburgh. Return TBA.

Avatar
#179 Parallex
March 05 2014, 02:22PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
10
props

How do we get a 2nd for Berra and nothing for Cammy? The world is all topsy-turvy right now.

Avatar
#180 Dave
March 05 2014, 02:25PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
4
props

@Primo

I couldn't agree more!

Avatar
#181 piscera.infada
March 05 2014, 02:27PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
6
props

How Berra goes for more than Stempniak is beyond me. Maybe that winger market was really slow today...

Avatar
#182 mk
March 05 2014, 02:27PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
2
props
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.

Avatar
#183 Primo
March 05 2014, 02:29PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
5
props

@Parallex

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

Avatar
#184 mattyc
March 05 2014, 02:30PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
11
props

Lebrun reporting a 3rd for Stempniak... I can't believe Berra goes for more than him... Strange

Avatar
#185 RexLibris
March 05 2014, 02:34PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
28
props

A 3rd for Stempniak is good value for Burke.

That and the Berra trade return is good work.

Avatar
#186 Bean-counting cowboy
March 05 2014, 02:35PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
3
props

3rd round pick for Stempniak. Not bad - thought there should be a fifth added to that like every other trade today, but at least it's something.

Avatar
#187 Parallex
March 05 2014, 02:36PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
13
props
mattyc wrote:

Lebrun reporting a 3rd for Stempniak... I can't believe Berra goes for more than him... Strange

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.

Avatar
#188 seve927
March 05 2014, 02:37PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
4
props

I'd have been happy getting Rundblad out of this deadline. But I think when it's said and done a second and third could be better. I like having 3 picks in the top 50 (unless of course they're traded), and 2 more in the next thirty. Setting up for another good draft.

Avatar
#189 seve927
March 05 2014, 02:39PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
0
props
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!

Avatar
#190 Nick24
March 05 2014, 03:08PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
4
props
Baalzamon wrote:

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

Hopefully not for too long. Once Ramo gets back I'd expect MacDonald to get sent down.

Avatar
#191 Parallex
March 05 2014, 03:14PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
2
props
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.

Avatar
#192 etianap
March 05 2014, 03:24PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
3
props

Stempniak deal confirmed on NHL website. For a 3rd for a contender.

Avatar
#193 CTibs
March 05 2014, 03:53PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
3
props

Disappointing, but not surprising that the Flames couldn't move Cammy. Based on the extension talk, I think that Burke knew that if he got a lower than expected return, he could always move on and try his luck resigning Cammalleri. It's not like the Flames absolutely had to move Cammalleri like they had to move Iginla, and even so, Cammalleri's demand is much lower than Iginla's. They weren't going to get 1st round picks and top prospects. Watching the presser right now, it's clear that the offer was so low for Mike that he simply could not accept.

Avatar
#194 piscera.infada
March 05 2014, 04:30PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
2
props
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.

Avatar
#195 Jeff In Lethbridge
March 05 2014, 04:36PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
7
props
Jakester wrote:

As a nucks fan I gotta say berra for a 2nd is a nice pickup. However this is going to be a looooongggg rebuild.

I'm sure the long rebuild you are referring to is the one in Vancouver?

Calgary hung on to Iginla a year or even two too long... holding on to hope and delaying the rebuild. Sort of the way Vancouver is doing with the Sedin sisters. Good luck.

Avatar
#197 Primo
March 05 2014, 09:15PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
4
props
Jakester wrote:

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

What a disaster that has developed in Vancouver. The Sedin sisters are now too old, Lou is long gone, Kesler wants out. It's going to be a very long struggle. Your nightmare has just started!

Avatar
#198 Jeff In Lethbridge
March 06 2014, 08:19AM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
0
props
Jakester wrote:

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

oh really?

:-)

Comments are closed for this article.