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Flames look to trade Cory Sarich, Anton Babchuk

Mar 24, 2013, 10:40 PM EDT

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Calgary Flames GM Jay Feaster sent an e-mail to the NHL’s other 29 general managers that fringe defensemen Cory Sarich and Anton Babchuk are available, according to Sportsnet’s John Shannon.

Considering the fact that most trade rumors have been driven by bigger names like Brenden Morrow, Dan Boyle and Jarome Iginla lately, that little bit provided some comic relief on Sunday.

The most amazing part, for some, was that Shannon reminded the hockey world that both Sarich and Babchuk have no-trade clauses.

Babchuk, 28, has appeared in two regular season games in 2013, collecting an assist. If you want to make an argument for his value, he was known for having a thunderous slap shot.

Sarich, 34, managed to get in 11 contests, but his -7 rating and average of about 13 minutes per game won’t blow people away. He does have a surprising amount of experience (898 regular season games played) and a Stanley Cup on his resume, however.

Still, for most, it was a report that was good for laughs. We’ll see if the marginal blueliners get packaged in a deal of some kind (with Iginla, perhaps?) or moved on their own or stay put.

  1. rushledger - Mar 24, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    Calgary is out of touch with everything that has to do with hockey.

  2. trbowman - Mar 24, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    Worst franchise in the NHL. Weak prospect pool and they can’t say goodbye already to their aging players.

    They ought to run a full on firesale before April 3rd and hope they lose out the rest of the way to finish in the bottom three. Bouwmeester, Iginla, Giordano should all be shipped out. Kipper’s value is at an all time low. 87 save percentage? I know that defence in Calgary is awful but holy hell.

    • sfischer1967 - Mar 24, 2013 at 11:00 PM

      …and yet, in the off-season, they signed that shut-down defenseman Dennis Wideman…

  3. blomfeld - Mar 24, 2013 at 11:42 PM


    As an “ardent and values-driven” fan of the reigning Stanley Cup Champions who domiciles in Vancouver, I reserve the right to weigh in with my views on our provincial neighbors to the east. And what a complete joke I say! The bottom line is that Iginla should be traded, Feaster should be “liquidated” and the “aged” sieve known as Kipper should be put to pasture. How some “oil-rich” province like Alberta which is swimming in petro-dollars can put up with this garbage, is positively beyond belief! Both Calgary and Edmonton are an absolute disgrace, though I do give the latter credit for their “youth movement” efforts. Nonetheless, both of these teams had better do something pretty quick, lest this otherwise great province becomes a permanent NHL backwater.

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Mar 25, 2013 at 12:49 AM

      It was your boy Sutter who got them into this mess with the bad contracts and no trade clauses to everyone, I can only hope that the Kings eventually promote him so that he can infect that franchise the way he has our’s!

      • blomfeld - Mar 25, 2013 at 2:48 AM

        *** just yesterday out on the great plain ***

        Blomfeld: who is this lone rider that goes before us ?

        Ten Bears: it is he, the one who dwells with the soldiers at Fort Calgary …

        Crazy Dog: he’s all alone, let’s kill him !

        Blomfeld: no brother … I believe that this man means well … we will talk to him …

        Atwatercrushesokoye – I “hear” what you’re saying friend and I agree, though I sure as hell hope that Sutter doesn’t do that to the Kings. We Kings have already had our fair share of “corrupt & depraved” management (ie: Bruce McNall) and so we hardly need to go down that road again! Nonetheless, the current state of the Flames is completely unacceptable and therefore I believe that an “extreme makeover” is the answer, starting with that leech Feaster. Take it easy and hang in there friend, as all teams go through this crap at one point or another. And I bet it’ll get better faster than you think possible. :)

  4. atwatercrushesokoye - Mar 25, 2013 at 12:46 AM

    Fire Ken King! Fire Jay Feaster! Fire Bob Hartley! They are to hockey what Blohard is to commenting, AWFUL!

    • govtminion - Mar 25, 2013 at 10:38 AM

      I’ll give a vote of confidence to Hartley- very good coach, he just doesn’t have much of a team to work with. That goes on Feaster, and on ownership for continuing to believe Feaster is doing a good enough job to stay as GM all this time. Dismal team, but Hartley’s only been there for half of a lockout-season.

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