Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Trade Deadline Highlights

A small update on the news of the day in Flames land:

First of all, the Flames send Comeau to the Jackets for a fifth rounder coming back to Calgary.

Kipper's refusal to report

The biggest news of the day came early as Kipper decides to say no to the Leafs. You can tell Kipper battled with this choice and finally decided to stay. I really appreciated the class of Feaster coming to the defense of Kipper. He is hoping the fans do not hold it against Kipper and reminding everyone where this franchise would be without him. Kipper is still not making his mind up on what he is going to do next season.

2nd biggest story: 25 teams calling Glencross

Obviously, the Flames have made a commitment to Scarface (an affectionate nickname which I will never understand). I found this a little surprising, since he probably could have brought the biggest return. I guess it comes down to the Flames deciding to build around him.

Flames sign prospect goalie Reto Berra

The Flames are really excited about the young prospect, liking the fact that he is a great positional net-minder. They also feel they have the two best goalies not to play in the NHL.  Who would of thought our goaltending tandem would be Ramo and Berra; but that is where we are.

Flames want no free rides

No excuses. Feaster has no patience for mailing it in. The Flames will be a hard-working team and they owe it to their fans to be so.

Extra cap space an asset

The Flames will be active in the off season. While other teams will be having to make decisions on getting down the cap, the Flames will be able and willing to take some of their players. This is why it was such a huge asset for the Blues to take the whole cap.


Monday, April 1, 2013

Jay Bouwmeester Traded

Jay Bouwmeester traded to the St. Louis Blues.

The Calgary Flames trade NHL iron man leader Jay Bouwmeester and his $6.680 mill cap hit to the Blues for Mark Cundari, Reta Berra and a 2013 first round pick. It must be noted that if the Blues miss the playoffs this year, the 2013 first round pick turns into a 2014 first round pick, also the Blues would add a fourth round pick.

This trade brings the Flames to potentially having three first round picks in this year’s draft, and we still have deadline day to go. After the trade Feaster went on SNET & FAN960 radio to share his thoughts and answer a few questions. In the interviews he made it known that he is not done and said “we are open for business”. Trade rumors continue to circle around guys like Glencross, Kiprusoff, Tanguay, Stempniak and to a lesser extend Cammalleri.

Turning back to the trade, the Flames get two guys that we know very little about. Cundari is a steady defenseman who plays an “in your face style” game. Cundari is a restricted free agent at the end of the season. Reta Berra is a Swiss goaltender (Baertschi will be happy) who Feaster said is one of the best goaltenders outside of the NHL. We heard similar praise about Ramo after the Cammalleri deal last year. Let’s hope he is correct on both guys.
Stay tuned as more trades are likely in the forecast.
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