November 17 2010 02:13PM
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.
November 17 2010 01:32PM
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).
November 17 2010 10:30AM
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.
November 16 2010 07:33PM
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.
November 16 2010 02:09PM
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.