The One That Got Away?

Pat Steinberg
June 26 2010 01:23AM


Phoenix Coyotes' first pick Brandon Gormley adjust his cap during the first round of the 2010 NHL hockey draft in Los Angeles, California June 25, 2010.   REUTERS/Mike Blake  (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT ICE HOCKEY)


Many Calgary Flames fans were over the moon when the team acquired Olli Jokinen from the Phoenix Coyotes 15 months ago.  The tone of Flames fans changed from sweet to sour, though, as Jokinen played parts of two seasons wiht the team.  And that sour taste may have gotten a whole lot harder to take after the first round of the NHL Draft concluded on Friday night.

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Day 1 Recap - The Flames Sit and Watch

Pat Steinberg
June 26 2010 01:00AM


COLUMBUS, OH - JUNE 22:  General Manager Brian Burke (R) of the Anaheim Ducks speaks to General Manager Darryl Sutter of the Calgary Flames during the first round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft at Nationwide Arena on June 22, 2007 in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)


Kinda tough to do anything when you have no picks in the first round, and the Calgary Flames didn't do much (anything) on Friday night, much to the chagrin of many of their fans who were hoping for a big splash.  There was plenty of action on the draft floor, headlined by a historic night for Calgary's provincial foes in Edmonton.  However, on day one of action at the NHL Entry Draft in Los Angeles, the Flames could only be observers.

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Draft Day

Pat Steinberg
June 25 2010 02:28PM


LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 17: Police patrol outside Staples Center after Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Boston Celtics 83-79 to win the 2010 Wins NBA Championship on June 17, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)


After much fenagling, FlamesNation and The FAN 960 are on the draft floor right now.  As Kent has his draft day thread open, I'll be posting everything that I hear and see right here.  Anything we hear on the Flames front will go up as an article on the site right away.  So lets get this thing going!

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Draft Day Open Thread

Kent Wilson
June 25 2010 12:30PM



With Pat Steinberg on the scene in LA, expect more updates from the ground as well as on topical analysis from myself and Robert Cleave if (when!) the Flames make a move this weekend.

For now, feel free to use this open thread to discuss rumors, speculate about trades or just simply wail and rend your clothes over the Flames unenviable position.

To get things rollings, I'll make some predictions:

1.) A Flames defender will be dealt this weekend. Ian White or Robyn Regehr for some sort of player + daft upgrade or Adam Pardy for a third rounder.

2.) Sutter will find a way to sneak inside the top 60.

3.) An "extra" forward will be dealt, making room for Chris Higgins to be re-signed.

Let 'er rip folks.

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Moving bigger pieces – Value for a few Flames

Robert Cleave
June 25 2010 12:24PM




One of the advantages to moving bodies in the summer is the absence of short term competitive pressure on a GM. As we’ve seen the last two deadlines, Darryl Sutter’s judgement in that scenario left a lot to be desired, and as I noted the other day, he’s done OK moving NHLers at the draft since the lock-out.
The other advantage that a GM normally has is more payroll flexibility, and although Calgary isn’t exactly in that spot at the moment, that doesn’t mean that other teams can’t take on a salary to help improve their team.
As I discussed last week, I suspect that the three players that the Flames want to move have fairly limited trade value. Beyond those players, there are a few Flames that might well be on the move this week, demurrals from the boss aside.

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