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Calgary Flames winger Mike Cammalleri’s old agent is Vancouver Canucks GM Mike Gillis, but I’d say the Pittsburgh Penguins or the New York Rangers will make the biggest push for him at the trade deadline, even if he’ll still have $1.25 million left on his $6 million contract. The Penguins need some offence outside of their top six.
For the record, Mikael Backlund wants to stay.
The Calgary Flames centre is suddenly the subject of trade speculation, with TSN’s Darren Dreger reporting Friday on Twitter that four or five teams have ‘kicked tires’ on Backlund and the Flames are ‘willing to move him.’
Three teams say there is a lot of chatter and most of it is coming from the Sunshine State. After sending Versteeg back to the Hawks, Florida GM Dale Tallon isn’t done. He’d like to move RW Scottie Upshall, LW Tomas Fleischman, RW Brad Boyes, RW Tomas Kopecky, C Marcel Goc and C Shawn Matthias before the deadline.
4 or 5 teams have kicked tires on Calgary's Mikael Backlund. Flames willing to move him.
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) November 23, 2013
Cammalleri, 31, is a pending unrestricted free agent. He’s said he’s “open” to signing an extension, but does he fit into the club’s plans?
Speaking of which, here’s ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun with the second reason we’re writing about Cammalleri today:
Give Flames GM Jay Feaster credit, his team needed a defenceman and he acquired Ladislav Smid for a goalie prospect the club felt was well behind Jonathan Gillies and a centre in Roman Horak who hadn’t proven he could be a top-nine skater.
With Smid’s age — 27 — he’s still in his prime and should serve as a good mentor for the likes of Patrick Sieloff and Tyler Wotherspoon in the future.
With seven goals in 10 games this year, Cammalleri is off to a fantastic start after missing seven contests with a hand injury. A pending unrestricted free agent this summer, Cammalleri, at 31, doesn’t figure to stick around for the Flames’ rebuild, but will be a major bargaining chip if Calgary puts him in play. That means he won’t come cheap.
Just wondering, would the Tampa Bay Lightning have interest in Cammalleri with Steven Stamkos on the shelf for a long time due to that broken leg? Cammalleri’s strong start, including eight goals in 11 games, could make him the sniper the Lightning may need to stay in the hunt for top spot in the Eastern Conference … C Roman Horak was the first player in the Ladislav Smid trade to play for a new team, and the now-former Flames centre scored in his debut with the AHL’s Oklahoma City Barons in Tuesday’s 3-2 victory over the San Antonio Rampage … Really starting to believe Sharks C/W Patrick Marleau is playing his way onto Team Canada for the Winter Olympics.
The Edmonton Oilers have a verbal agreement in place to sign goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov to a one-year contract, the team announced.
Bryzgalov’s deal was contingent upon the completion of the Oilers’ trade with the Calgary Flames that cleared defenceman Ladislav Smid’s US$3.5-million cap hit off the books. It was not immediately clear what Bryzgalov’s contract was worth, but a source said recent negotiations involved talks about a pro-rated US$3-million salary.
Calgary Flames GM Jay Feaster has been fielding phone calls on his veteran players, reports Sportsnet’s Roger Millions.
In their history, the Flyers have only made one somewhat significant trade in October after the start of the season: an eight-player deal with Pittsburgh on Oct. 23, 1983, that landed Rich Sutter.
So far, the Flyers have shown interest in the Flames, a team in the midst of a rebuild expected to finish near the bottom of the standings. Complicating matters even more is the fact that the Flames are off to a 1-0-2 start.
Last season had the Jarome Iginla watch, with Jay Bouwmeester a second story and Miikka Kiprusoff’s status followed closely.
Marcus Kruger, Chicago Blackhawks
2012-13: 47GP 4G 9A 13Pts
The Stanley Cup champs are in a bit of a pickle against the salary cap.
— JermainFranklin (@TSNJFranklin) July 5, 2013
Jay Feaster taped an interview with TSN, and the Calgary Flames GM couldn’t conceal a grin when asked if it was true he’d offered his hat-trick of first-round picks in Sunday’s NHL Draft to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for the No. 1 selection.
“Yeah, as a matter of fact,” Feaster replied Tuesday. “I’ve had conversations, not just with Colorado. I’ve had conversations with teams ahead of us, not necessarily offering the same thing in every instance. But certainly, we’ve made not secret about the fact we would like to move up in the draft if we can.”
— Juha Hiitelä (@jhiitela) June 25, 2013
Interesting news Monday evening with a source confirming to ESPN.com that the Calgary Flames have given permission to the Toronto Maple Leafs to speak to Miikka Kiprusoff’s camp about a contract extension.
My TSN colleague Aaron Ward was first to report the news.
Kiprusoff has one more year on his deal next season, which pays only $1.5 million (although it counts $5.8 million against the salary cap), and the suspicion here is that the 36-year-old netminder would sign off on a trade to Toronto only if he can get another year out of it financially.
The Senators have an eye toward Cowtown in search for help up front before the deadline.
League sources told the Sun the Senators have shown interest in Calgary Flames left winger Curtis Glencross because GM Bryan Murray would like to get more than a rental player if he does make a move at the deadline.
Here is a look at a some of the Flames players who could be in the sights of other clubs as the trade deadline looms.
Perhaps the biggest name left on the trade market is Jay Bouwmeester.
That’s if he is indeed dealt.
The Calgary Flames don’t have to necessarily move him — he’s got one more year left on his deal (at $6.6 million), so he’s not a pending unrestricted free agent forcing the NHL club to seek immediate asset return.