Author Archives: Trade Man
I hope you’re sitting down, because the following sentence may blow out your kneecaps as well as your mind: It’s time to blow up the Calgary Flames.
I kid, of course. That notion isn’t new at all. In fact, people have been arguing for the demolition of the current Flames roster since former GM Darryl “Sunshine” Sutter was turning the world on with his smile and acquiring former Maple Leafs like he was the ghost of Harold Ballard. In spite of the numerous cries for change, when Sutter was asked to resign Dec. 28 of last year, his replacement, Jay Feaster, saw enough worth salvaging and chose not to clear out the team’s veteran core.
Flames general manager Jay Feaster says he’s not going with the full rebuild in Calgary. Instead, he’s going to make these Calgary Flames back into a Stanley Cup contender without subjecting fans to a prolonged stint at the bottom of the standings.
In short, Feaster would take the Flames north without first going south.
Phoenix Coyotes boss Don Maloney doesn’t even need to dial his phone these days.
Not that he’s surprised. This, he would have seen coming.
With restricted free agent Kyle Turris holding out, Maloney must have known that it would take only a few weeks of hockey — in particular, bad hockey — for the suitors to start queuing up.
The Edmonton Oilers’ decision to retain rookie center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins for the remainder of the season has generated speculation over center Sam Gagner’s future with the club.
With Nugent-Hopkins centering the Oilers’ top line between Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle, and Shawn Horcoff between Ryan Smyth and Ryan Jones on the second line, the Oilers shifted Gagner, formerly their second-line center, to right wing on the third line.
Linus Omark of the Oilers, has been sent to the minors.. The Oilers have a ridiculous amount of young talent, and Omark is right up there.. There is a bit of a logjam going on right now in Edmonton up front, while the Oilers are still lacking on the Defensive side of the puck.