Flames To Make Moves?

With a recent rash of injuries, the Calgary Flames may be looking to get active over the next 9 days leading up to the trade deadline. However, GM Darryl Sutter is not a big believer in acquiring rental players, and without a lot of cap room in coming seasons, the Flames may be put into a tough spot heading into D-day. The Flames were likely just looking to tinker before injuries to W Rene Bourque (high ankle sprain, indefinite), C Daymond Langkow (bruised hand, day-to-day) and D Mark Giordano (upper body, day-to-day). Although only Bourque is expected to miss significant time, the Flames may look at more than just depth moves at this point. F Matthew Lombardi’s name keeps coming up, as it seems he has yet to reach his full potential, but has a relatively cheap price tag and has been playing his best hockey of the season in recent weeks. The Flames may look at moving him to bolster their lineup. Buffalo, Montreal, Carolina, Atlanta, NY Islanders & Columbus are a few teams rumoured to be interested. Aside from him, the Flames aren’t likely to part with a lot of players currently on their roster (at least ones with much value). Prospects F Mikael Backlund, F Greg Nemisz, D Matt Pelech, D John Negrin & G Leland Irving could always be used as bait however.

A 2nd line center and/or a strong puck-moving defenceman, along with a veteran depth forward (and defenseman perhaps) as well as a backup goalie may all be on their wish.

Mark Spector of sportsnet.ca reports:If Florida decides they can’t sign D Jay Bouwmeester (UFA), Calgary will be hot in pursuit. If not, UFA D Derek Morris will be targeted. They would be all over D Chris Pronger (1 year, $6.25 M) or UFA D Scott Niedermayer if they hit the open market. Flames GM Darryl Sutter may also shore up with a backup ‘tender at the deadline, as long as he can get one for a later round pick.”

Here’s some other names that have been rumored AND/OR I would have interest in:
F Colby Armstrong (1.2, RFA) – good, young role player; would fit in great in Sutterville (played for Brent Sutter in Red Deer).
F Tim Connolly (2.9, UFA) – talented pivot when healthy; intriguing possibility if price is right.
F Olli Jokinen (5.25, 1 more yr.) – played for Coach Keenan in Florida; has always been linked to Flames in rumors.
F Nathan Horton (4.0, 4 more yrs.) – also played for Keenan in Florida; rumoured to be available earlier this season.
F Niklas Hagman (3.0, 3 more yrs.) – another Keenan-Florida connection, not sure if their relationship was a good one though.
F Mark Recchi (1.5, UFA) – veteran depth with boatloads of experience.
F Ryan Smyth (6.25, 3 more yrs.) – has no-trade clause; Flames had interest when Smyth was an UFA, salary likely too much.
F Bill Guerin (4.5, UFA) – played for Keenan in Boston; excellent secondary scoring, grit & leadership.
F Chris Neil (1.1, UFA) – went to ’07 finals with Sens; gritty role player would be upgrade on Andre Roy.
F Tuomo Ruutu (2.25, RFA) – gritty Finn may provide secondary scoring; still has some up-side (played for Brian Sutter in Chicago).
D Filip Kuba (3.0, UFA) – with recent trade in Ott, Sen’s may hold on to offensive blue-liner.
D Brendan Witt (3.0, 2 more yrs.) – physical stay-at-home d-man; could replace what Warrener brought in ’04 Cup run).
D Nick Boynton (2.95, UFA) – see above.
D Bryan Allen (2.9, 3 more yrs.) – more wishful thinking on my part than anything, I don’t think the Panthers are looking to move Allen.

As for the backup goalie position, the Flames could stand pat with Curtis McElhinney, but may look to add a veteran instead to strengthen themselves in case of injury to Kipper (an injury of any length would likely cripple the team). Calgary was rumored to be looking at Martin Gerber earlier this season, and may take a look at him should the Sens put him on re-entry waivers (Gerber has gone to the finals 3 times as a backup with Anahiem, Carolina & Ottawa). Mikael Tellqvist (Pho), Craig Anderson (Fla), Manny Legace (Det), Kevin Weekes/Scott Clemmensen (NJ), Andrew Raycroft/Peter Budaj (Col) would be some possibilities to look at. Also Ray Emery’s name has popped up, although he would have to clear waivers first.


23 Responses to Flames To Make Moves?

  1. reinjosh says:

    i would love to have horton though i think armstrong and connoly are more likely and could be good fits

  2. KingCanada says:

    Not a bad list of targets!

    I can all but guaranty that Niklas Hagman wont be available.  He has a NTC this year and he signed a 4 year contract to be in Toronto (with full knowledge theyd be rebuilding).  Also I dont see any of  Horton, Allen, Ruutu or Connoly being moved since those teams are in a playoff position or hunt.  Even the Sens seem to think they can make the playoffs (crazy?).

  3. RossCreek says:

    I'm satrting to notice a trend since I started posting on this site (I've read the site for years, but just recently started posting.) Unless the article is about the Leafs or Habs, it doesn't get read or commented on. Oh well.

    I'd love to see Horton in Cow-town, but just can't see it (although his name has popped up). Connolly, if Buffalo decides to move him (rumor has it if he doesn't sign an extension, he could be moved by the deadline), would be a decent pickup (as long as he stays healthy). I'd like to see them pick up Armstrong rather than the Oil (both teams, along with the Pens and several others I'm Sure, have been rumored suitors). Guerin, Neil & Ruttu are all guys I'd have interest in (from what I hear, the Oilers may have interest in these 3 as well). And I'm starting to wonder about Olli Jokinen. I've wanted the Flames to add him at the past 2 deadlines, but I'm starting to question his character. If Mike keenan likes him, then my concerns would be put to rest given their prior history.

    Flames fans! There's gotta be more than 3 on here. Who do you want to see brought in or shipped out. Speak up now, or forever hold your peace. Leaf & Hab fan will run this site if not. (Heck, lets get fans of all teams not Toronto/Montreal to start reading & commenting on things before we're all extinct.

    ** Les Canadiens & Maple Leaf fans – you're welcome to comment too. I'm not trashing you's guys, just asking for a little variety. I know there's lots of you so I'm not picking a fight.

  4. pezzz123 says:

    lol Ross, thx for the article. I've always complained about the lack of commenting of articles about other things than Leafs or Habs but…..oh well… 

    Right now, I don't have time to comment (I'm at school lol), but I'll be back tonight. Don't worry 😉

    GO FLAMES.

  5. RossCreek says:

    **UPDATE**

    FROM http://www.fan960.com/
    "After missing Saturday's game with an upper body injury, Flames defenceman Mark Giordano will have surgery on his shoulder today.  Giordano will be out of the Calgary lineup indefinetely."

    Should Calgary step up to make a big move for J-Bo? Could they?

  6. pezzz123 says:

    Here are the moves I'd like the Flames to make :

    Kris Chucko and a 2nd rounder 010 to Nashville for Dan Hamhuis.

    Dustin Boyd and a 2nd rounder 09 to Toronto for Nik Antropov.

    Claim Legace off re-entry waivers.

    Then, if Cammalleri leaves for Toronto in the off-season, resign Antropov to 4 years, 4.5 millions per year.

    For the playoffs :

    Cammalleri – Antropov – Iginla
    Bertuzzi – Langkow – Bourque
    Glencross – Lombardi – Moss
    Nystrom/Roy – Conroy – Primeau/Prust

    Phaneuf – Hamhuis
    Regehr – Aucoin
    Sarich – Pardy
    Vandermeer

    Kipper
    Legace

    Pretty sick team no? They could surprise a lot of people.

  7. RossCreek says:

    Add D Rostislav Klesla to the rumored names Calgary is looking at. Columbus is said to be very interested in C Matthew Lombardi, as he played with Rick Nash in the past with some success (either in Europe during lockout OR for a World Championship Tournament, I forget)

  8. reinjosh says:

    i dont know
    antropov could be a great pick up
    but i think he's too soft and would not fit into the team
    (i am a leafs fan too and more of one then the flames but hey)

  9. LeafsNation91 says:

    Antropov is one of the best net players in the league, if it wasn't for that, he would not have points.

  10. LeafsNation91 says:

    I think Hagman would be good. He played well in Dallas  in the West, and playing well for the Leafs. The guy can score.

  11. mojo19 says:

    Nice looking list. Here's something interesting about Calgary's roster:

    http://nhlnumbers.com/overview.php?team=CGY&season=0809

    The only player listed on here who is not born in Canada or the USA is Miika Kiprusoff (and prospect Mikael Backlund). I'm not saying Sutter is opposed to European players, but clearly he has a preference for hard nosed North Americans.  Also since Lombardi is the lone Flame rumoured to be on the block its interesting to note that he doesn't play the same rugged style as the rest of the Flames, he's super speedy but not such a hard nosed typical flames player.

    This doesn't mean he wouldn't target a feisty Finn like Tuomo Ruutu (or even his brother), or a Nik Hagman, or Oli Jokinen. All those Finnish players are typically hard nosed, North American style players, but I still see Sutter sticking with his Europeans.

    Personally I love your list, but I wouldn't be surprised if Sutter just added a depth d-man, maybe Greg Zanon of Nashville or someone of this calibre.

    For a goaltender, I wouldn't be surprised to see them make a deal for Legace since you mentioned Sutter would only want to add one for a late pick and Legace passed through waivers with St.Louis earlier this year that's all he'd cost.

  12. LeafsNation91 says:

    You know whats weird, I was thinking about that the other day. I was trying to think of who was European on Calgary, and it was hard

  13. mojo19 says:

    Sorry, I meant to say I could see him dealing for a Finn, but I still see Sutter sticking with his North Americans.

  14. mojo19 says:

    ya, good looking team. I don't know if there are moves out there to put Calgary over the top when you compare their roster to San Jose and Detroit, but I think if they play a good team game and Kipper plays up to his full potential in the playoffs, the Flames could be a dark horse to win the Cup this year.

  15. mojo19 says:

    NTC for this year though. Cliff Fletcher promised Nik that he wasn't signed to be traded and put the NTC in his contract for this year.

  16. RossCreek says:

    Yup. And as you noticed, the only Euros on that list (with the exception of Kuba, a UFA puck mover), were of the gritty variety. Both Mike & Darryl have made it pretty clear the type of players they like. And you "hit the nail on the head" (just wanted to use a fancy cliche) about Lombardi. You gotta love his speed and he's got some up-side yet, but he could just as easily become one of those guys that leaves you wanting more. Apparently Columbus is pretty interested in him, as he has the history with Rick Nash.

    Imagine Bouwmeester & Horton. I know… keep dreaming… ahh

    Sidenote: Looks like Buffalo may be looking at a goalie rental as well with Ryan Miller's recent high-ankle sprain.

  17. habswinthecup-again says:

     If they could get Klesla for Lombardi and a 3rd rounder then they should. Lombardi has never lived up to his potential, while Klesla is oft injured his upside is now way higher than Lombardi's and if he were to get hot in the playoffs he might mean the difference in a round or even for the Cup.

  18. habswinthecup-again says:

     Antropov for 4.5millions per year, eh? Wow!

  19. LeafsNation91 says:

    A little much, I'm think the 3-4 range for sure though. 

  20. FlamingHomer says:

    Your comments are quite accurate. I don't see them being able to make any kind of move that would classify them as an elite team. I think they could beat San Jose in a 7 game series but I am concerned about Detroit and Chicago.
    Whoever comes out of the West should have an easy time against whoever comes out of the East. If Calgary can somehow avoid Detroit and Chicago, they have a shot at the Cup.

  21. dumbassdoorman says:

    Could be a win win trade. Flames get a dman and Columbus get a good young player. If Nash and Lombardi do play well together or know each other, it certainly doesn't hurt with Nash's impending UFA status next year.

  22. CanadianbornPlaya says:

    I would love to see Camalleri in a Hab jersey next season. This is a player I wanted to see Gainey go after since he was made available in LA. Solid,TEAM guy. Great player.

  23. mojo19 says:

    Well apparently he turned down a 3 year extension from the Leafs which was for $3.5 million per season, which is when Burke made those public comments about him. So He'll probably be looking for somewhere in the $4.5 million range, and he'll get it somewhere.

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