Updated Flames Rumor List
As the trade deadline and Olympic roster freeze get closer, many rumors are emerging. Since our last update we can now add Baertschi’s name to the list. Doug Maclean said he believes Baertschi could be on his way out of Calgary. Now, we all know he is not the definition of a Brian Burke type player, but the kid has plenty of potential. It is easy for people to connect the dots and suggest Baertschi is small so he doesn’t fit; reality is the Flames will need talent along with size to be successful for years to come. If you look at the cupboard you see Baertschi, Gaudreau, Poirier and Byron. How many small skilled wingers do you really want if you are Burke?
Flyers & Kings media keep suggesting Cammalleri as a possible deadline addition. Pens fans have also expressed they wouldn’t mind seeing the former 39 goal scorer in their line-up. Hemsky however (if healthy) could be a more affordable fit for the Pens. Then there are a hand full of teams who can use Stempniak and Stajan on their third lines heading into the playoffs.
During a luncheon in Red Deer, Brian Burke said he will try to sign some of his pending unrestricted free agents. Besides the obvious Kevin Westgart *jk, Russell seems like the obvious guy to re-sign, but whom else? Perhaps Stajan if he can’t move him for a worthy return?
Backlund recently got to wear an “A” on his jersey in the absence of Cammalleri. Does this mean he is no longer available in a trade? Backlund has played well and shown that he can be a complete player. Or should Burke capitalize on his good play and move the Swede? Let us know what you think!
Last week Eric Francis suggested that Wideman could also be on the move if he is willing to waive his No Movement Clause. With Wideman’s wife attending nursing school in Calgary and expecting a child in the spring; he may not be ready to waive that clause just yet. I think he remains in Calgary, but if a team calls I would expect Burke to put some pressure on Wideman to at least consider a move.
And lastly keep in mind that Jiri Hudler does not have a No Trade Clause. A guy who is producing points, a winner and has a reasonable contract. Hudler could gain some attention from contending clubs. The right return and I see Hudler on his way out of Calgary.
Name and teams that could be a fit:
Cammalleri- LA Kings, Flyers, Pens, Devils & Lightning
Stajan- Toronto, Washington & Detroit
Stempniak- Pens, Ducks & Montreal
Butler- Boston & Lightning