Breaking News: Flames trade Brett Sutter and Ian White to CAR

Kent Wilson
November 17 2010 02:13PM

PHILADELPHIA - NOVEMBER 01: Anton Babchuk  of the Carolina Hurricanes skates against the Philadelphia Flyers on November 1, 2010 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Flyers defeat the Hurricanes 3-2. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

 

According to twitter reports, Sutter and White have been dealt to Carolina for Anton Babchuk and Tom Kostopolous.

Like White, Babchuk is an offensive minded rearguard who can sometimes have adventures in his own end. Kostopolous is an established NHLer, albeit a rather limited one. He adds to the log-jam of 3rd and 4th liners on the Flames bottm-end.

I don't know how this effects the team on the ice (if at all), but the best news is the Flames save about $1M in cap space.

More detailed analysis later.

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FGD: So, There's a Game too?

Pat Steinberg
November 17 2010 01:32PM

Phoenix Coyotes' Vernon Fiddler (38) scores against Calgary Flames' goalie Miikka Kiprusoff (C), as Jay Bouwmeester watches, in the third period of their NHL game in Glendale, Arizona November 12, 2010. REUTERS/Joshua Lott (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT ICE HOCKEY)

So...with all this talk of Jarome Iginla and the Los Angeles Kings and Brayden Schenn and a total tear down...it may be easy to forget there's a hockey game to play.  Hey, some may like to pretend there isn't a game, with some of the results as of late...but tonight, it's the Flames back at home as they take on the Phoenix Coyotes (7:30 pm, Sportsnet West and The FAN 960).

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Gameday Preview: Phoenix Rising

Kent Wilson
November 17 2010 10:30AM

Calgary Flames' Jarome Iginla (12) and Phoenix Coyotes' Lee Stempniak battle for the puck in the first period during their NHL game in Glendale, Arizona November 12, 2010. REUTERS/Joshua Lott (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT ICE HOCKEY)

 

The loss to Phoenix last week might be one of the low points of the season for the Flames. It certainly was for the embattled Jarome Iginla, who played perhaps the worst game of his career in the desert. He battled back and was relatively effective the next night against a good in the San Jose Sharks, but the Coyote game and his 0 shot, -4 performance may become something of watershed moment in the franchise's history should the team indeed choose to deal Iginla this season.

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Breaking Rumor: Kings Have Tabled an Offer for Iginla

Kent Wilson
November 16 2010 07:33PM

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 15: Brayden Schenn  of the Los Angeles Kings looks to pass during the game against the Vancouver Canucks at the Staples Center on October 15, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

 

According to Dean Millard on the Pipeline show, the Los Angeles Kings are charging hard after Jarome Iginla, offering recently demoted prospect Branyden Schenn as part of the package.

Schenn is the brother of Leaf Luke Schenn and a former 5th overall draft pick. He scored 99 points in the WHL last year, but struggled mightily in his NHL audition this year as a 19 year-old. He's a legit offensive prospect, but I'm guessing there would have to be more to the package for it to entice the Flames.

Interesting rumor to say the least.

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Teardown time?

Robert Cleave
November 16 2010 02:09PM

 

EDMONTON, CANADA - OCTOBER 16: Calgary Flames right wing Jarome Iginla  concentrates against the Edmonton Oilers at the Scotiabank Saddledome on October 16, 2010 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The Flames beat the Oilers 5-3. (Photo by Dylan Lynch/Getty Images)

With the Flames struggling to begin the season, talk of blowing up the team and the management group has started again, with the potential move of the captain as the beginning of that move. I have to question if people really get what a teardown looks like, though, and if their understandable desire to see the Flames improve isn't blinding them to what has happened around the league as of late.

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