FLames acquire Lane MacDermid AKA: Tim Jackman

 

NHL Hockey: Sep 27 Oilers vs Stars

– pic via OKC Barons

 

Flames announced another minor trade today. This time they pick up 24-year old tough guy Lane MacDermid from Dallas in exchange for Calgary’s 6th round pick. MacDermid was a 4th round pick of the Bruins back in 2009. His career high in terms of points as a pro is 19. He also regularly hits triple digits in the PIM column.

Which means the Flames essentially swapped old Tim Jackman for a younger version of Tim Jackman. There’s at least a small chance MacDermid will develop into a functional 4th line mucker type (as Tim was in his younger days), but it’s also possible he’ll merely top out as an AHL-level enforcer (a la PL3).

I continue to be surprised that NHL GM’s make these sorts of deals. Replacement level tough guys are freely available. They litter the minor leagues and they hit the waiver wire throughout the season…in fact, MacDermid was on waivers himself a few days ago. Calgary probably waited to trade for him so they would have more flexibility now that he’s cleared waivers (ie; they can send him down to Abbotsford now)…but the whole thing seems like a waste of effort to me.

Oh well.

  • mattyc

    Neither trade really matters in many ways. We get younger so what, if he can’t play a regular shift. kill penalties or play on the PP he’s just another face puncher which I don’t really care about. If he can play a regular shift and PK (like Bouma does) then he is an improvement.

    What I would have liked to have seen is something like this tonight and for about 5 games:
    Killer B line; Bouma, Backs,Sven
    Old Tires/lots of tread left Cammi,Staj,Stemp
    Watch me line: BJ,Monahan, Hudler
    traded for line: TJG,Colburne,DJ
    yes I would scratch the McG
    and then roll them playing each about 12 miuutes and splitting the PP time between Oldtires and the watch me line. I say give BJ a real cahnce as he has been hot in the AHL. Backs, Bouma, TLG, Colborne, Staj and Stemp get extra minutes on the PK.

    On the D I guess what they are playing will have to do.

    I get why Hartley like Berra (he watched him enough in the Swiss league to believe in him) but I would like to see Ramo get about 4 starts in a row to get a better understanding of his game.