Flames Trade Deadline 2015: Deadline Day Primer

The National Hockey League calendar is dotted with several bench-marks and milestones that are highlights of the year. Alongside the NHL Draft, the trade deadline is one of my favourite days.

Welcome to FlamesNation’s continuing coverage of Deadline Day, gang. Here’s what you need to know as things start to get crazy here.


The Calgary Flames roster sits at 22 healthy bodies right now.

  • Goaies (2): Karri Ramo and Jonas Hiller
  • Defensemen (7): Kris Russell, Dennis Wideman, T.J. Brodie, Corey Potter, Deryk Engelland, Raphael Diaz and David Schlemko
  • Forwards (13): Joe Colborne, Mikael Backlund, Johnny Gaudreau, Lance Bouma, David Jones, Mason Raymond, Sean Monahan, Jiri Hudler, Brandon Bollig, Michael Ferland, Josh Jooris, Emile Poirier and Markus Granlund
  • Injured: Mark Giordano (upper body), Ladislav Smid (upper body), Paul Byron (all-over-body)
  • Non-Roster: Matt Stajan (personal)

Everyone counts against the salary cap right now (nobody is on long-term IR), so the Flames have a combined current cap hit of $58.018 million, per our pals at NHL Numbers. That means they have $13.277 million in available cap space. By my tally, the Flames have 46 active NHL contracts that are running (along with the deals of Sam Bennett, Keegan Kanzig and Morgan Klimchuk, which are all sliding this season). So they have a lot of flexibility on either front right now.

For the curious in the crowd, the Calgary Flames hold one first round pick, two seconds, two thirds, a fifth rounder, a sixth rounder and a seventh rounder in this coming June’s entry draft. They traded their fourth round pick to San Jose for T.J. Galiardi. They have neither traded or acquired any picks for future drafts beyond 2015.

The AHL playoff roster deadline is also today!

Also of note, players must be on the AHL roster by the trade deadline today if they are to be eligible to play in the Calder Cup playoffs. At present, Michael Ferland, Emile Poirier and Markus Granlund are all able to be sent down to the AHL without going through the waiver wire, and Tyler Wotherspoon was already assigned back to Adirondack yesterday. Corey Potter requires waivers, so he’s sticking around.

However, there’s also the wrinkle of Calgary only having 22 men on their active roster and not being allowed by league rules to dip below 20 at any time during the playing season. Also, any players sent down to maintain AHL eligibility would count as regular recalls when they come back up, and you only get four of those after the trade deadline. So some tough decisions will need to be made today on that front, as well.

(Joni Ortio and Ryan Culkin will both likely be out until after the end of the AHL’s regular season.)


Lots of chatter throughout the day today, even after Calgary’s moves.

A lot of scuttlebutt revolved around Braydon Coburn and Calgary, but he went to Tampa overnight for an ungodly sum – a first rounder, a third rounder and Radko Gudas. Is Calgary still looking for defensive help, though, or are they content with David Schlemko and waiting for Giordano’s return?

I’m also thinking that the Jeff Deslauriers deadline was both related to the AHL roster deadline and/or another deal involving a goaltender. Karri Ramo has the hot hand right now, but he’s also a pending free agent. So maybe keep an eye on that throughout the day, too.


As the big day gets going, bear in mind that Flames hockey kicks back up tomorrow, and here’s how the standings look:

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  • everton fc

    A d-man like Polak would be a nice, final pickup. I also wonder how Gardiner would do here. But their picking up Erixon may mean they keep Gardiner and Polak.

    JVR would be an interesting addition here. We do need a left wing!

        • Johnny Goooooooaldreau

          If I’m Pittsburgh, I would be looking to pick up Ramo as insurance behind Fleury.
          Ramo, Wideman 1/2 salary and Baertschi for Pouliott and Harrington and Griess.

          • everton fc

            Why move Wideman? He’s having a stellar season.

            We are in a playoff spot. All we need to do is add a few pieces – Schlemko will prove a good acquisition. Russell’s going nowhere. What Ramo would fetch would have to include a backup goalie. Washington has Peters. Griess, Fluery’s backup, has a history with Trelving. No one’s prying Pouliot out of Pittsburgh, but Harrington & Dumoulin may be available.

            Personally, giving Thiessen a shot up here would be nice to see. But we are in playoff push. As is Addy.

  • scoopz

    SJ really needs a keeper, but I doubt the Flames help a division rival whom they are in a dogfight with for the last playoff spot.

    In all honesty the central is log jammed and Jets and Wild ain’t goin’ nowhere. You are top 3 in the Pacific or you are out. Van I think will slip and it will end up being Ducks, Kings, Sharks or Ducks, Kings, Flames.

    I’m very interested to see what ends up happening on the backend for the remainder of the year. We might need to shed 1-2 bottom pairing guys to make room once Gio is healthy again.



    Schlemko/(Diaz, Smid,Engelland, Potter)

    I realize that Smid and Gio are hurt, but does anyone know how bad or what the ETA is on either of those guys?

  • prendrefeu

    Hey guys, I know that the playoffs are tempting n’all…

    But, really, playoffs this year are just icing on the cake.
    Or THC laced maraschino cherries.
    Which are better.



    Any trades should be for long-term goals, not for a playoffs-push.

    Stay the course. Things are going well, and the team should be interesting in building a perennial powerhouse rather than a fleeting, ephemeral comet.