Flames GM has history of trading at NHL draft
Darryl Sutter is known as the wheelin’ and dealin’ cowboy of the National Hockey League entry draft.
History dictates the Calgary Flames general manager will trade up a storm on the draft floor next week in Los Angeles — especially with the offensively challenged club in desperate need of additional scoring punch.
And especially considering his disdain for building a team via free agency.
“You talk to everybody once the playoffs are over,” Sutter said Tuesday in a casual chat at the Saddledome. “You make your rounds. You talk to everybody who could be a partner.”
As for consummation of the deal(s)?
“None of that really happens until you get there.”
With the Flames ranked a dismal 29th in scoring and captain Jarome Iginla talking openly about the need for two gifted playmakers who can put the puck in the net, Sutter is expected to do some moving and shaking in Los Angeles.
But the skipper says he has no intention of trading up to get a first-round pick. (The Flames lost their first-rounder to Phoenix in the ill-fated trade for Olli Jokinen and their second-rounder to Chicago in exchange for Rene Bourque.)
“It’s very difficult to get a first rounder,” Sutter said. “You’ve got to trade one of your favourite players, obviously.”
Any thought of doing that?
“No,” he said. “It’s very difficult to do that. I’m not trading one of our top players — that’s for sure.”