March 24 2013 11:21AM
According to Renaud Lavoie of RDS (warning: french) , Jarome Iginla has officially submitted a list of 4 potential destinations: Pittsburgh, Boston, Los Angeles and Chicago. I have heard from other quarters for about a week or so that Iginla has indeed waived his NTC, so it wouldn't surprise me if this report proves to be accurate. It's somewhat of a strange outlet to break this kind of news, however, so for now we'll consider this more rumor than fact.
March 20 2013 10:03AM
I think one of the big mistakes by rebuilding teams is to concentrate solely on draft picks and big whale hunts. Improving a team can also be done in smaller, incremental steps by making a series of good bets like buying low on the Froliks and Burmistrovs of the world.
I left that in a comment yesterday, but I think I should expand on it further since the idea could use some clarification.
As we've discussed previously, when hockey fans think "rebuild", they seem to think of the "scorched earth" variety where the organization simply liquidates any and all worthwhile assets over the age of 25 in an effort to gather draft picks and also be bad enough to finish in the lottery.
March 19 2013 11:18AM
Although we don't currently know if the Flames are going to be sellers or buyers at the deadline, we do know what the organizational needs are: younger guys, quality prospects, possession forwards (particularly centers) and draft picks. And future stars, of course.
Whether buy or sell, "go for it" or "burn it down", the club should be targeting worthwhile targets in the above categories as much as possible given organizational needs. Naturally, it's more likely the team will be selling but that certainly doesn't mean they can't be looking at NHL ready bodies coming back in some of their deals, on top of futures.
With that in mind, here's some guys I'd like to see the Flames asking about come April 3:
March 18 2013 10:57AM
With only about 2 weeks separating Calgary from the trade deadline, and 4 points separating them from 8th, things are starting to heat up on all fronts for the Flames. Over the next 14 days or so the club will have to decide if it's going to sell at the deadline and, if so, who it should be putting on the block.
March 13 2013 02:00PM
While most in Flamesland are now busily fabricating semi-plausible deadline trade scenarios or hunting down top-10 prospect lists for the draft in June, the reality is the team still has a bunch of games to play this season before any of that stuff matters. The second half begins tonight versus the Detroit Red Wings.