March 04 2010 11:57AM
Every move that Darryl Sutter has made in his recent whirlwind of desperation has been defensible to one degree or another. Even the Jokinen for Kotalik and Higgins trade, although one has to squint to find the silver lining on that one. The Phaneuf trade shifted money from the back-end to the front, added a couple of capable players and shored up the Flames offensive depth. The Bourque and Stajan signings were at about market value and both will be top 6 contributors to the team going forward.
The Steve Staio acquisition, though, is senseless. It's bad from just about every conceivable angle.
March 03 2010 03:55PM
Welcome to the Game Day Fire Drill, for this, Calgary’s 63rd game of the season on March 3, 2010.
March 03 2010 03:14PM
Although the Flames moves were relatively minor today, Darryl Sutter nonetheless managed to make trade deadline a controversial one for Clagary fans. Let's go through the club's moves trade-by-trade.
Vesa Toskala for Curtis McElhinney
This move is less about acquiring Kipper's buddy and more about the team giving up on CuMac and moving his contract out of the organization. He was re-signed in the off-season with question marks surrounding his ability and his performance this year went a long way to answering them - to the negative. McElhinney had some of the worst stats of any NHL puck stopper this year and was clearly on the outs with franchise. Getting rid of the second season of his contract is the boon here.
As for Toskala, he's an upgrade on McElhinney, but the difference is marginal. McElhinney's even strength SV% of .874 is good for 72nd in the league. Toskala's .898 is 69th. This basically means that Kipper is the guy for the rest of the season and the club hopes bringing in his BFF can keep him happy I guess.
March 03 2010 07:23AM
The Calgary Flames got the jump on the National Hockey League's annual clearout sale by making a couple of major deals before the Olympic break. What will Darryl Sutter be up to today, if anything?
Join us throughout the day for news and views (and perhaps the odd irreverent comment) about the 2010 trade deadline.
March 02 2010 06:48PM
Space was at a premium at Flames practice this morning, as the Calgary Flames had their first practice with their three Olympians back in the city. After a two-week break, the Flames are healthy, which means a ton of bodies on the ice and only 20 slots open against Minnesota on Wednesday.