WWYDW: Fix the Defensive Depth

Calgary has something on their roster that’s both great and terrifying.

On one hand, Mark Giordano and T.J. Brodie are one of the National Hockey League’s best defensive pairings. They’re awesome and make everyone around them better.

Unfortunately, the Flames have very little on the blueline beyond their dynamic duo, and that’s the subject of this week’s What Would You Do? Wednesday topic.

How would you fix the Flames blueline?

The Flames are a team with arguably two #1 blueliners. Kris Russell is a solid #4. Dennis Wideman is a #5 or #6 (he’s probably best-suited as a power-play specialist). You could make a case for Raphael Diaz, Tyler Wotherspoon and Deryk Engelland all as #6 or #7 defenders, too.

So how can you fix that? How would you fix that?

Would you rather strengthen the bottom pairing and leave Russell and Wideman together since they seem to have chemistry? Should the Flames flip a pick or prospect of some type to get a right-handed defender to play alongside Russell on the second pairing? Or would you rather stand pat for now and try to work Wotherspoon into the line-up?

Fire away in the comments!

  • loudogYYC

    Upgrading defensive depth is always tough because every single team wants the same thing. Acquiring a developed and established top 4 under 28 will have a prohibitive cost for a rebuilding team and the Flames D draft record hasn’t been good either.

    Realistically the easiest way for the Flames to acquire depth would be to acquire a teams top D prospect along with a contract dump. Lupul from Toronto, Lecavalier from Philly or Richards from LA, etc.

  • Bean-counting cowboy

    3d we need eh? Hmmmmn. Anyone want to undo the Bouwmeester trade? We would be in a good spot this year with JBo on the 2nd pair. Playoff bound most likely.

  • RKD

    Definitely insert Wotherspoon in to the rotation, then wait until the summer and see if you can sign a guy or maybe make a trade for one. I would try to make a pitch for Johnny Boychuk but he may resign with the Isles. Maybe going for Franson wouldn’t be a bad move either. Franson and Wotherspoon would be a lot better option than any combination of Smid/Engelland/Diaz.

  • If we found a second pairing, right handed guy with some size, we’d be better off. Give Russel someone better to play with.

    Move Wides down to 3rd pairing and give him PP time. Rotate Wotherspoon and whoever else as our 6th guy.

    Cody Franson?