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Flames acquire Nick Shore from Ottawa for 2019 7th rounder

The Calgary Flames have made a second move before the National Hockey League’s trade deadline, and it’s about as minor as their previous one was. They have acquired center Nick Shore from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for a 2019 seventh round pick.

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Shore, 25, is a right-shot center and a pending restricted free agent on July 1 currently making $925,000. Originally drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in 2011, he played his college hockey for the University of Denver before eventually joining the Kings in the pro ranks. He was traded to Ottawa earlier this season in the Dion Phaneuf trade.

Shore has 16 points in 55 games split between the Kings and Senators. He’s played almost entirely the center position and gives the Flames both a right-shot option up the middle (which they didn’t have before) and potentially someone to spell off Matt Stajan on the fourth line here and there.

Like the Flames’ other deadline day acquisition, Shore gives the Flames a right-shot option in their bottom six and is extremely, extremely inexpensive. All due respect to the young men selected in that round, but trading somebody for a seventh round pick is basically giving them away for free.

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  • Skylardog

    Nothing says it will work, but if the Flames want to win a round or 2, or for that matter, even make the playoffs, this is a lineup the Flames need to tinker with. The Jankowski line has to become a scoring second line, and the Backs line has to go back to their roots and become a shut down line.

    Some combination of Versteeg, Stajan, Brouwer, Hathaway, Stewart, Shore, Mangiapane, Hrivik, Lomberg, Klimchuk on the 4th line.

    I know – Lazar? But he has been playing better, has speed, and is defensively responsible, which is what that line needs to be good at, so it makes sense. He has had almost no time with any top forwards this season, and should get some time on that line to try and get him going at a level his pedigree says he is capable of. He has the biggest upside of the 12 guys fighting for the last 3 spots. Time with Backs and Fro would prove if he is an NHLer or a bust.

    • Just.Visiting

      Exactly. The only way that this team has a chance of advancing out of the first round is to try to create a second scoring line that that includes Janko, Tkachuk and either Bennett or Ferland. A line like that which drives offence makes the Flames more difficult to defend against and helps address one of the Flames’ big current weaknesses-secondary scoring.

      With Backlund and Frolik as a 2B line with one of the other cast of characters added to the mix to get the 2M uplift, this offers three really solid lines.

      While the move of Byng would have a negative impact on the 3M line, the benefit of having Byng in a more offensive role and providing an uplift to the Janko line is in my opinion a greater benefit, such that the team is stronger.

      Stewart would presumably slot in to the Ferland slot on the Janko line until Ferland is healthy.

      • Skylardog

        Yup – Give the first line about 20 minutes a night including PP, line 2 and 3 about 16 to 17 including special teams, and that leaves 6-8 for the 4th liners each night.

        If you go line 1 on PP1, line 2 on PP2, you can put out Backs line right after a PP against the oppositions best line and we don’t get crushed in a momentum swing.

        Then you go Backs – Fro, then Hath-Lazar on the first 2 PKs, and Bennett and Janko if you need them next with Tkachuk going out as the PK ends. You then have Mony’s line ready right after or the Janko line if not used, to attack when the PK ends.

        Right now, you end up with 4th line minutes right after a PP because the lines are so mixed up that is the only intact line after a PP.