Monday, March 3, 2014

Flames Trade Candidates

With the NHL trade deadline hours away, we await the frenzy of moves that everyone hopes happens. The Flames should be involved with many UFA players on the current roster.

Brian Burke recently said he expects there to be a lot of moves before the deadline. Burke also quoted that GMs make the biggest mistakes on deadline day; I am sure he hopes a GM makes a “mistake” on one of his current players.

Players such as O’Brien, Butler,Galiardi, Stempniak and Cammalleri are most talked about. I however am most interested to see if Burke can move a contract like Wideman. I am also intrigued to see if Baertschi’s days are numbered, although I see that more of a draft day deal. And Hudler, another name that could draw some interest from teams who want a producing player beyond this season.

For fun let’s see who Randy, Jeff and I think will get moved and what team will acquire this Flames player. And a wild card pick for fun.

RANDY:
Somebody once said high expectations can be a huge letdown, so always lower expectations.  The lower your expectations; the less disappointment you may endure. There are so many players made available at this deadline, but with my luck, none of them will get traded. So with that, I am a little gun-shy of predicting anything. But they are making me do this, so here it goes.

Let me be clear. This is not inside info. This is my opinion and only my opinion. Heaven knows, I wish my squirrels had some good info here. But here it goes. The Flames will try to make as many trades as they can. But only good deals that make sense. 

1. Mike Cammalleri 

Mike has the skill of a pure sniper who can change the game in a second. He can be that player who wants the puck when the game is on the line. I love his one timer, when he bends down one knee to shoot it.  

The teams: Kings, Devils, Ducks, Pens, or Leafs.  All five teams could use him, but only two of them cannot score. The Kings and the Devils. But the Kings are assured of the playoffs. So my prediction is the Kings. They need him and will be desperate to get him. 

2. Lee Stempniak

The second player is difficult, because I am sure there will be three players being shopped. My second pick is Lee Stempniak. He is a streaky player, who scores in buckets. He is a great secondary scorer. 

Several teams could use Lee, led by the Bruins and the Pens. This is a toss-up. I think the Pens will step up and grab him. They are still pretty weak in third and fourth line forwards. Lee would be a perfect fit for the Pens. 

3.  Bonus wild card player 

My last guess is Dennis Wideman. The problem is that he might be hard to trade. But if the Flames could find a home for him, I think they would. He is a great powerplay defensemen with a hard shot. I think the Bruins could really use him. 

-Randy 

Very interesting picks by Randy, I am sure we can all agree that Cammalleri to the Kings is a high possibility. Moving Wideman’s contract would be a great bonus but likely Burke would be eating some of his salary to make a trade work.

Up next is Jeff:

#1- Mike Cammalleri. He is the "for sure getting traded". I'm going with Pittsburgh because I really want to see the Flames get one of their young prospects on defense.

#2- Chris Butler. I'm not exactly sure where I see him going but I'll say Pittsburgh again because they are hurting on the back end and I can see them making a move to help fix that problem.  

Wild Card Pick- Giordano to Philly. Why? Because Philly LOVES to make a splash and they love to acquire defencemen. They also love to trade away quality, young players so they send Calgary a Schenn or Couturier type player.
-Jeff

Again we see Cammalleri as #1 at no surprise. Giordano was an off the wall selection. But if two guys are crazy enough to make such a deal, Burke and Holmgren would be the likely partners.

And at last it is me:

Cammalleri- He is popular kid on the school yard. Although we keep hearing an “extension” as a possibility, I predict Anaheim adds him to their roster. He would fit in nicely and I see them as a team that could extend Cammalleri beyond this season.

Galiardi- Pittsburgh adds the young winger to their bottom six. It is no secret that the Pens would like to strengthen their bottom two lines. Galiardi will come cheap and provide some speed and depth going into the playoffs for the Pens.

 Wild card: Smid- Although Burke said on TSN that he cannot see himself trading Smid this deadline, there may be more interest than he initially thought. Teams always look for defensive depth heading into the post season. Look at what Doug Murray got the Sharks last year (two second rounds picks) same for Regehr. Smid will get dealt in my opinion and Detroit will make the deal with Calgary to acquire Smid.

In the end we can all speculate but by 3pm EST. on Wednesday we will all know who actually will be wearing a new NHL jersey.


Let us know what you think! Thanks to Randy and Jeff for taking the time to give us their picks.

19 comments:

  1. Cammy to Ottawa Stempniak to Columbus and Butler to Boston

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    1. I am very intrigued to see what happen with Butler. His value may be higher than what fans think.

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    2. Butler is maybe worth a 4th round pick.

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    3. Wrong. Butler is worth a second on deadline day

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    4. Butler I think will go to boston

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    5. Butler won't get a 2nd, can't see it happening.

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  2. I agree most with randy

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    1. How much did Randy pay you for you to say that?

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    2. Wouln't you like to know lol tbbbbttt

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  3. Jankowski will get dealt with one of these players to maximize a return for a guy like Cammalleri, Stempniak or Hudler

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    1. Interesting. Burke might not be invested in Jankowski like Feaster was. Could be a possibility.

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  4. Cammy to new jersey or washington

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    1. Nj was my second pick for Cammy

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    2. I cold see that happening

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  5. I hope we can move Hudler, like the guy but his value will help us more. Hope we get a new goalie too

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  6. GIORDANO isn't going anywhere you fool

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    1. Obviously, that's why it's called a Wild Card pick!

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