WWYDW: Myers Is Gone, Who Do You Target?

The big news of the day in the hockey world is the blockbuster trade between the Winnipeg Jets and Buffalo Sabres. Not only is it a big thing for both of the teams involved, but it also has a ripple effect across the remainder of the National Hockey League.

The Jets added towering young defender Tyler Myers, a player long thought on the trade block for the right price. The Flames are among many, many teams in a precarious position. Not only do the Flames likely want to make a move to counter the Jets big move and keep their team competitive in the Western playoff race, but Myers suddenly being off the market likely drives up the price for every other secondary defender on the market.

So, if you’re the Flames, What Do You Do?

This is almost two-fold.

  • What players are left on the market to pursue in order to upgrade the second pairing?
  • And what are you comfortable with giving up to grab one of those players? It’s almost definitely going to be a higher price tag than it was 24 hours ago. What price is too high? How much is too much? And how much has that changed, from your perspective, in the last day?

Based on the price that the Jets and Sabres paid, respectively, I might back off a bit, if I’m the Flames GM.

  • piscera.infada

    Colborne is young, big and strong. Hes proven he can put up numbers. He shows flashes of how hard he is to knock off the puck. He might be closest thing flames have as a power forward. Did you see him and wolf last game give the sharks fits in there zone? Against teams like ducks and sharks you need a guy with size who can handle the puck. I think Colborne is still improving and I see alot of potential going forward with him.

    • RexLibris

      Wiercioch is the same age and same size as Colborne. And he’s a defenseman.

      The Flames have no shortage of young wingers and baring a lot of trades will have a difficult time finding a place for Colborne next year. Right now is an excellent opportunity to sell high on an asset and buy low on another.

      Have the Sens add a pick if you think it’s necessary, but the frank truth is it’s an even trade the way it is.

  • RexLibris

    Elliotte Friedman was suggesting that the Leafs are asking for a 1st and a prospect for Cody Franson.

    That is where the market is at right now.

    So how about another approach.

    Do nothing this deadline, then offer the Blackhawks Baertschi, 2016 first round pick and Tyler Wotherspoon for Brent Seabrook.

    The Flames have depth on the LW so Baertschi is expendable, Wotherspoon doesn’t look like he’s going to be more than a #4/#5 defenseman, and if the Flames can put together a successful season next year with or without Seabrook then the draft pick isn’t going to be too dear a cost.

    If the season goes south, you then flip a pending UFA Seabrook at the deadline for a haul of assets that more closely align with current needs.

    If the season goes well, you talk about a contract extension.

    Or you could trade a 2015 first round pick and Sven Baertschi for Cody Franson and his hip injury, if you want to play into the hands of the internet trolls.

  • Koolmoedee

    I think the answers for Calgary are already in our system…

    Looking for a ‘RW? Poirer looks ripe for a call up…

    Defensive depth? Witherspoon, Potter and Diaz are all ready to go.

    Help down the middle? Granlund has proven he belongs and Arnold may be able to come up and play a bottom 6 role.

    There is no need to starymoving assets for short term gain. Not when we are rich in prospects already playing at a pro level.