Darryl Sutter isn’t talking a lot down in Los Angeles, but I did get a few interesting tidbits out of his conversation with The FAN 960 that will run later today. The Flames don’t have a first round draft pick; in fact, they don’t have a second round draft pick, so just what do we expect from them down here?
Sutter talked to us at The FAN about his busy draft day past, and talked about why he prefers wheeling and dealing at the draft as opposed to July 1st when free agency begins. His take is that "July 1st is a day when guys get overpaid… that’s what the market is, and I’m not so sure it’s a good market." Fair enough, I don’t think you can argue with his rationale in this case. You’re probably getting better value at the draft than you would dollar wise on July 1st.
However, that being said, don’t expect much from the Flames in terms of movement come Friday and Saturday. Sutter said "I don’t expect us to be very active here, at all." In fact, Sutter is more focused on getting things done with the team assembled right now. "Even though we weren’t a playoff team, we feel we have a good team, and we’re one player away from being a top team again, so I don’t see us in this market right now."
Sutter said the Flames have certain brackets of unrestricted free agents, and where they would fit on the team, but says he’s not going to overpay for anyone come July 1st. He’s listening, but more because he wants to stay in on everything that’s been said and what’s going on. "That’s more important, because there might be a player that pops up that nobody though was going to be available."
I know Darryl doesn’t show his cards in the media, and this could be the complete opposite of what happens come Friday night. But at least from the mouth of the GM, they won’t be very active in Hollywood.