2014 Trade Deadline Live Blog

Intrepid boy reporter (and FlamesNation’s managing editor) Ryan Pike is hunkered down in the deep recesses of the Scotiabank Saddledome for the 2014 NHL trade deadline. If something goes down today in regards to your Calgary Flames, we’ll be all over it.

And if nothing much happens for awhile, we’ll do our best to keep you informed and entertained nonetheless. Follow along here at on Twitter: @FlamesNation and @RyanNPike.


Howdy, all. I’ve just arrived at the Saddledome. With just 11 healthy forwards available for tonight, the Flames have officially recalled Corban Knight and Max Reinhart from the AHL. Knight’s been solid with the Heat this year, while Reinhart has reportedly really taken a big leap forward after getting his head kicked in last year (he was -26). Knight has 37 points in 57 games, while Reinhart has 45 points in 51 games. Knight’ll wear #10 for the Flames, while #MaxPower returns to his customary #59.

For the curious, here’s where the rosters sit as of now – you’re gonna feel bad for the few diehard Heat fans here.
FLAMES: Berra & Ortio (G); Smid, Russell, Giordano, Wideman, Brodie, Butler & Smith (D); Colborne, Knight, Backlund, Cammalleri, McGrattan, Bouma, Stempniak, Monahan, Hudler, Byron, Galiardi & Granlund (F); Ramo, D.Jones, Westgarth, Glencross (injured); Stajan (personal/unavailable)
HEAT: MacDonald & Roy (G); Wotherspoon, Breen, Ramage, Arsene, Billins, LaFranchise & O’Brien (D); Street, Elson, Jooris, Trupp, Kremyr, B.Jones, Lyon, Locke, Hanowski, Bancks, Baertschi & Olson (F); Sieloff, Ferland, Foster, Gillies (injured)
So…yeah. Not a heck of a lot going on on the farm. They’re without their #1 goalie, their two most dangerous scorers and their top two-way pivot. And they weren’t an amazingly deep squad to begin with. If a defender needs to be recalled, it’ll be Wotherspoon. If another forward needs to come up… I got no idea. Hanowski? Street? I can’t imagine they bring up Baertschi unless they really, really need him.

Derek Smith has cleared waivers.

Flames are on-ice for practice. Everyone’s here except for Matt Stajan, Derek Smith and T.J. Galiardi.

Derek Smith has been officially assigned back to Abbotsford. The Flames roster is, at this point, at 22 bodies. Stajan is non-roster, while Westgarth, Ramo, Jones and Glencross are all on the IR.
By the by, Joe Meloni at College Hockey News is reporting (via Twitter) that “I guess everyone figured this. But all signs point to Gaudreau signing in CGY as soon as BC’s season is over.”

Practice and media availabilities are over the Flames. Galiardi’s hurt and Smith got sent down, so the Flames have the bare minimum of healthy NHL bodies right now. If somebody gets shipped out, they’ll need a body back (from Abbotsford or elsewhere) to fill out their line-up.
As expected, gigantic scrum for Corban Knight in the locker room. Tons of media here, which is somewhat unusual for a game-day skate.

Granted, they’re a development team that this is what was always gonna happen, but you gotta feel a bit bad for the Abbotsford Heat. They play Texas, one of the better teams in the AHL, and by my recollection, they don’t have enough centers. Ruh-roh.

We’re an hour from the deadline and so far, the biggest news is that lunch has arrived. Still no chatter whatsoever from the usual suspects regarding Flames moves.

Still nothing yet. For giggles, Calgary’s last 5 years of deadline day moves:

  • 2013 (Feaster): Blake Comeau to Columbus for 5th rounder
  • 2012 (Feaster): Nothing; signed Tim Jackman to extension
  • 2011 (Feaster): 7th rounder to Atlanta for Frederik Modin
  • 2010 (Sutter): Curtis
    McElhinney to Anaheim for Vesa Toskala, Riley Armstrong to Detroit for Andy
    Delmore, Dustin Boyd to Nashville for 2010 4th rounder, Aaron
    Johnson & conditional pick to Edmonton for Steve Staois
  • 2009 (Sutter): Lawrence
    Nycholat, Ryan Wilson & 2009 2nd rounder to Colorado for
    Jordan Leopold; Matt Lombardi, Brandon Prust & conditional 1st
    rounder to Phoenix for Olli Jokinen; Kevin Lalande to Columbus for 4th

Riveting, I know.

Ten minutes. Flames chatter conspicuously absent from the Twitter machine.

And we’re at the deadline. Trades HAVE to be in the league office as of right now to be processed. Trade calls will be going on consistently throughout the next…however long it takes to do them all. Expect a flurry of announcements over the next hour.

Hopefully there’s a Flames trade or two in there.

Pierre LeBrun indicated that Lee Stempniak may be heading to Pittsburgh. Elliotte Friedman saying maybe something between Calgary and Colorado.

Adrian Dater is saying Berra may be going to Colorado.


Still waiting for details on the potential Stempniak and Berra moves. Flames don’t have any extra human bodies in town, so they’d need to bring up a forward and/or a goalie.


Still waiting on Burke. Only deal we’re expecting to hear about is Reto Berra to Colorado.
An underwhelming trade deadline to say the least.

Reportedly Ben Hanowski is on is way up, too. (Ryan Pinder got a tweet from a person in Abbotsford that saw him and MacDonald at the Abby airport.)

Official trade is Reto Berra to Colorado for the Avs’ second rounder in this year’s draft. Blown away by that return. That’s a great get for a guy who was essentially Calgary’s back-up.


Flames now have a 1st (own), two 2nds (own and Colorado’s), two 3rds (own and one from Penguins), a 6th (Anaheim’s), and their own 7th. Their 4th was sent to Toronto for Joe Colborne, their 5th went to St. Louis for Kris Russell, then 6th went to Dallas for Lane MacDermid.

Bear in mind, we’re waiting for official confirmation that the pick from Pittsburgh is for this year’s draft.

  • Bean-counting cowboy

    3rd round pick for Stempniak. Not bad – thought there should be a fifth added to that like every other trade today, but at least it’s something.

  • seve927

    I’d have been happy getting Rundblad out of this deadline. But I think when it’s said and done a second and third could be better. I like having 3 picks in the top 50 (unless of course they’re traded), and 2 more in the next thirty. Setting up for another good draft.

  • piscera.infada

    Is it just me or would Pierre LeBrun look far more normal if he didn’t have that ridiculous goatee? It makes him look like he has absolutely no chin.

  • etianap

    Disappointing. I hoped for at least late 1st rounder for McKeown or Goldobin. I also wanted the deck somehow cleaned for Knight, Granlund, Reinhart, Baertschi Gaudreau next year.

    As for Berra, he played better and better as the season moved on. I don’t know if the evaluation has been completed. Hopefully, this trade will not haunt as in the future years if Colorado indeed saw something in him. From our goalie depth from the beginning of season Ramo, Berra, McDonald, Ortio, Gillies, Broissot (practically many unknowns but more shots) we will be not so deep at the beginning of the next season (Ramo established NHLer but with not huge upside, expiring Mac, Ortio, Gillies and unknown Roy.
    Two good things: 1. At least we don’t get rid of Berra cheap (is after all a 2nd rounder – as we envisaged for Stajan or Stempniak) and 2. The goalies market looks to be very liquid (we won’t be naked if the things will go bad with Ortio.

    • Parallex

      It is immensely disappointing… I’m pretty sure that if you told people a day or two ago that we’d be walking out of the deadline with just a 2nd and a 3rd few if any people would believe you.

      • etianap

        I’m not even sure about the 3rd pick. As I’ve understood from TSN the Pittsburgh deal for Stempniak was a late call and perhaps will not be registered by the league. The Flames website also announced the Berra deal, but nothing about Stempniak. It would be a disappointment for Stemps too because he could easily be traded to a legit contender. On the other hand I think he should be resigned. He is decent point producer, he has leadership qualities, he embraced the rebuilding, he is a good PK guy.
        From the UFAs at the beginning of the season I hoped favored Cammalleri, Stajan and Butler clearing up the deck. On the other hand I thought that we should resign Stempniak if we do not have more than a 2nd round return. We’ll see if it is a deal with the Penguins and if not what Burke think about Stempniak.

      • BurningSensation

        Why wouldn’t we have believed that as our return?

        Burke doesn’t have a history of trade deadline deals, let alone fire-sales, the market for flawed scoring wingers was glutted (Vanek, Moulson, Hemsky, etc.), and the majority of teams are capped out.

        Burke just got us a 2nd round pick for RETO FREAKING BERRA, I am not only NOT disappointed, I am ecstatic!

        • Parallex

          Does it scare anyone that the Avs wanted Berra so badly?

          I’m like everyone else, and think Berra is a dud. But I’m willing to admit I don’t know as much about goal tending as Patrick Roy.

          • piscera.infada

            It kind of scares me, but goalies are extremely tough to predict (as everyone knows). The thing that scares me is the mutinous mob will be up in arms if Berra ever does turn in to something – without ever mentioning they were the mutinous mob when he was getting equal playing time with Ramo.

            I think it’s a win of a deal for both sides actually. Colorado gets an insurance goalie if one of the two in front of him gets injured. The Flames get a very strong return for a goalie that is really nothing but question marks at this point.

    • etianap

      As a Flames fan I gotta say. Nucks are screwed. Your team is in the denial/bubble/post-apex/declining phase still. I hope you stay there for 3-4 years and keep re-upping the Sedins until they are too old to be worth anything and get dealt for pennies on the dollar at trade deadline.

      At that point you’l be ready to start your looooooooooooooooooongggg rebuild.

      Enjoy. You should be back in the playoffs by 2023 if things go well.

    • RedMan

      I’m sure the long rebuild you are referring to is the one in Vancouver?

      Calgary hung on to Iginla a year or even two too long… holding on to hope and delaying the rebuild. Sort of the way Vancouver is doing with the Sedin sisters. Good luck.

  • Byron Bader

    I don’t understand how people are supportive of keeping Cammy. The guy has already packed his bags. There is ZERO chance he stays. Absolutely none. Why would he?

    Burke played chicken, tried to wait until Vanek happened, and got stuck. Now he’ll try to spin it.

    Why on earth would Cammy resign. There is no reason. He’ll make more money, in the city of his choosing, likely on a contending team in the summer. Even if we match money, I can’t fathom why he would stay.

    So ya, getting a 6th rounder for him would have been humiliating, but less stupid than getting nothing.

    • Avalain

      Maybe I’m just playing devil’s advocate or something here, but I can think of reasons why Cammy would sign.

      He could possibly get a 1 year overpayment here, since we’ll be paying to stay above the floor anyway.

      Or he could take advantage of Burke a little bit and get a longer term contract than he would get from another team, simply because Burke doesn’t want to lose him for nothing.

      Or, well, maybe he will just walk in the summer. It hasn’t happened yet, though, so until something like that happens it’s hard to freak out too much about it.

  • Disappointing, but not surprising that the Flames couldn’t move Cammy. Based on the extension talk, I think that Burke knew that if he got a lower than expected return, he could always move on and try his luck resigning Cammalleri. It’s not like the Flames absolutely had to move Cammalleri like they had to move Iginla, and even so, Cammalleri’s demand is much lower than Iginla’s. They weren’t going to get 1st round picks and top prospects. Watching the presser right now, it’s clear that the offer was so low for Mike that he simply could not accept.

  • I will eat some crow now. I was pissed at Burke for not dealing Cammi and only dealing Berra, but now seeing him get A 2ND for Berra and a third for Stemps, I gotta say thats good work.

    I’ll give him a B-. Good work on the two deals, I just think not dealing Cammi is a mistake.

  • A 3rd round pick for Stempniak, a 2nd round pick for Berra at that rate we could have traded Cammy for a 1st. Heard Burke on the Fan saying the bidding war for Vanek and Moulson not sure there was one considering what Montreal gave up for Vanek created a huge logjam, so any team who wanted Cammy was probably too late. Burke also said he did have 1 or 2 teams asking on Cammy and some callers on Chris Butler.