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Which GMs were “working the room” at today’s meeting?

Nov 15, 2011, 7:02 PM EDT

From Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun:


Garrioch has sources saying both were working the room big time, which conjures up images of two yacht salesman at the boat show trying to peddle their wares. “Can I interest you in a 46-foot Rene Bourque?”

That said, Feaster and Howson probably found a few semi-interested buyers. In the last week alone we’ve heard Mike Yeo rip the Wild, Jack Capuano rip the Islanders, Claude Noel rip the Jets and one GM tell CBC’s Elliotte Friedman “there are a lot of us who don’t like our teams.”

If you’re betting on one GM to strike a deal before the other, put your money on Howson. He’s only got three players with no-movement or no-trade clauses (Rick Nash, Jeff Carter and James Wisniewski) and a bunch of veterans coming off the books at year’s end: Kristian Huselius, Samuel Pahlsson, Vinny Prospal and Radek Martinek, all potential playoff rentals.

Feaster, meanwhile, has his hands tied. A ridiculous number of Flames have movement clauses — Bourque, Jarome Iginla, Alex Tanguay, Matt Stajan, Olli Jokinen, Curtis Glencross, Jay Bouwmeester, Mark Giordano, Cory Sarich, Anton Babchuk and Mikka Kiprusoff — which makes you wonder if anybody on Calgary’s negotiating team knew what the acronyms NTC and NMC stood for.

  1. gbiscottagecheesefatties - Nov 15, 2011 at 8:39 PM


  2. finfan88shark - Nov 15, 2011 at 8:42 PM

    Heard Doug Wilson was working the room, looking for more injured players, and more 3rd and 4th line players to blame at the end of this season. Wilson was overheard offering every one of the teams upcoming draft choices for low salaried under preforming rental players who will leave after the season is over, leaving the team with nothing gained.

  3. east96st - Nov 16, 2011 at 8:32 AM

    Maybe I’m confused, but wouldn’t the other GMs want, you know, hockey players in return for trading one of their hockey players? Because if that’s the case, Howson has nothing to offer.

  4. cshearing - Nov 16, 2011 at 8:42 AM

    Matt Stajan has a NTC/NMC?? What the hell is going on in Calgary?

    Personally, I think these clauses are undervalued by GMs; they seem to throw them in for nothing in return, and then are pissed 2 years later when they cannot trade the player. I think the NHL needs smarter GMs. Ones that know a little more than evaluating hockey talent (even if that is still the most important skill).

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