Proteau: Time for Flames to trade Iginla, Kiprusoff

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.

I have a ton of respect for Feaster, who, in John Tortorella’s world, has won a Stanley Cup and thus has earned the right to have it his way. But in many regards, that decision was akin to looking at rotting road kill on the side of the highway and focusing on the sole sliver of meat that was still technically edible.

All the doubling down Feaster has done on the Flames has not paid off in standings points. Despite a solid turnaround from the spiral that got Sutter fired, Calgary still failed to make the playoffs last season. And although coach Brent Sutter and his players understood full well they needed to charge out of the gate this year like a bucking bull, they instead have been much closer to one of those shopping mall children’s horse rides, posting a 4-5-1 record and the fourth-lowest goals-for number in the entire league, tied with Detroit at 23.

Only the woebegone Columbus Blue Jackets have a worse record in the Western Conference than does Calgary. In the East, only the Islanders (who’ve played one fewer game) and Bruins have fewer standings points than the Flames.

But wait, it gets worse: with just two goals and four points in 10 games, Flames captain Jarome Iginla is on pace for a 16-goal, 32-point season (his lowest totals since 1997-98) and is a team-worst minus-3. Star goalie Miikka Kiprusoff has posted a rather ordinary .913 save percentage and no longer appears capable of singlehandedly carrying his offensively challenged teammates as he once did. Center Matt Stajan – who received a mind-boggling, four-year, $14 million contract extension from Darryl Sutter before he was canned – has been a healthy scratch twice so far.

5 Responses to Proteau: Time for Flames to trade Iginla, Kiprusoff

  1. alpalstewart says:

    Remember the 80's when the oilers had gretzky,messier,kurri,anderson,coffee,etc……

    the Flames had to become good because theyre fans demanded it.
    well i can see it happening again very soon. if they decide to part with iggy,bourque and kipper at the deadline those 3 alone could get them 4 1st round picks plus some prospects. i do think the Flames need to play basement dwellers for 3 years but they need to do something now before iggy,bourque or kipper get any older. everyday that passes those guys are losing valuelet me explai the 4 picks.
    right now they could get a decent prospect and 2 1st's for iggy
    prospect and a 1st for the other 2.
    i would look to move iggy and kipper soon and hold bourque till the deadline, and as we know some Dumbass will pay penner price for him at the deadline, good prospect and a 1st.
    do you think Washinton would be interested in iggy, for say carlson and the avs, and theyre own 1sts. this would be a buyers price more likely done at the deadline cus i wouldnt give that much up for iggy at this point in time, but if iggy were that 1 piece to get them over the hump they just might. and of course they would be doing iggy a solid by trading him to a contender.
    what could they get for kipper, how bout a trade to clb.
    Savard,mason and a 1st, this seems kinda pricey too but lets face it kipper is that good. and has for the most part carried this team over the past several seasons.
    finally bourque, i see him as like a penner only just a bit better and a few years older, penner got my oilers tuebert,and a 1st plus there was something else but i forget and i'm to lazy to research it lol.
    so heres what i'd propose for bourque.
    how bout San Jose, they could offer Alex Stalok,Justin Braun and a 1st, remember this is a deadline deal and we,ve all seen the potential of a team over spending.
    thats just a few ideas to throw out there.
    i'm sure some of you will shut these down immediately but some of you might agree with me. i'm not saying the flames should try for any of these deals but if i could get what i proposed then i'd do it for my team.
  2. alpalstewart says:

    the team after the deadline.

    tanguay  jokinen  Glencross
    backlund   lankow   hagman
    nemisz  stajan   moss
    kostopoulus  morrison  ????
          j-bo    giordano
    Babchuk    carlson
    savard      hannan
    the flames would rely on a solid defence core and this team still competes game in game out. i think that that team is a 500. team not good enough quite for playoffs but more like a 10th place finish.
    but with all the picks and prospects in the above post i suggested the flames would have a nice prospect pool.
    the wildcard is of course the shoddy goaltending but you never know what could happen, sometimes a change of scenery is all a player needs to re-establish himself, and i think irving could be ready to step in and they could be a 41/41 games each tandem.
  3. alpalstewart says:

    what the heck happened i had all my lines in an orderly fashion and they showed up like that lol

  4. palindrom says:

    Can someone name me the teams who want Kiprussoff ? (and have the cap space/money for him)

  5. albertateams says:

    Tampa, Phoenix, St Louis, and Columbus. Probably have to take some salary back to make it work but all of them would be a decent fit. In the offsesaon you can add New Jersey to the list (depending on what Marty does). 

    Anytime a team is moving 4+ million in salary they are going to have to take some salary back.

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