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Report: Avs reject Flames’ bold bid for 2013’s top pick

Jun 15, 2013, 10:26 PM EDT

USA captain Seth Jones pose celebrates w Getty Images

The Calgary Flames finally admitted that they’re in rebuild mode on Friday. Apparently they viewed Step 1 as “draft Seth Jones at all costs.”*

The CBC’s Elliotte Friedman reports that Calgary offered its three first-round draft picks to Colorado for the Avalanche’s No. 1 overall choice in the 2013 NHL Draft. (H/T to Lyle Richardson)

Instead, this is how things stand:

Colorado keeps the No. 1 pick in the draft.

Calgary retains its own first-rounder (No. 6 overall), the St. Louis Blues’ first-rounder thanks to the Jay Bouwmeester trade (No. 22 overall) and the Pittsburgh Penguins’ selection via the Jarome Iginla deal (No. 28 overall).

Both franchises suffered through turbulent 2013 seasons, which might explain the thought processes (though the context might make the situation worse if you disagree with one or even both of the general managers).

The Avalanche might just want to keep it simple and grab the guy they view as the best player in the draft, especially with serious front office turnover and all the bad memories of Ryan O’Reilly‘s contract negotiations.

Meanwhile, Flames GM Jay Feaster might be feeling the heat to make a splashy move considering the organization’s reluctance to acknowledge a rebuilding phase and today’s news about flirtations with Brendan Shanahan.

It’s not quite the New York Islanders essentially offering their 2012 draft crop to move up and take the Columbus Blue Jackets’ second pick, but fans of the two teams might play the “what if?” game with this rejected offer for years to come.

* – Or Nathan MacKinnon, if that’s who they really wanted.

  1. thomasvanek - Jun 15, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    Colorado is out Sabres should go after Florida for the 2nd overall for miller and change in order to get MacKinnon or Jones. Or if that is not possible at least trade up for the 3rd and get Drouin.

    • travishenryskid - Jun 16, 2013 at 9:20 AM

      6 +22 + 28 is not a good offer. The fact that Calgary made an offer means that Colorado is willing to listen, so they are not out. And you are not getting the 2nd overall pick for Miller.

      • thomasvanek - Jun 18, 2013 at 11:53 AM

        I said miller and change meaning him and something else

    • lightning9126 - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:51 PM

      NO. The Lightning will not give up the 3rd pick. I REPEAT. WE’RE NOT GOING TO GIVE UP THE THIRD PICK. WHAT PART OF THIS DO YOU PEOPLE NOT UNDERSTAND?!

      • narfmoo12 - Jun 16, 2013 at 7:40 PM

        “We’re not going to give up the pick” ?? When did you take over decision making? In fact, you probably know less than anyone else. Thanks for playing though!

      • thomasvanek - Jun 18, 2013 at 11:56 AM

        Sorry GM lightning9126 I should never question a man of your caliber and power over what the lightning trade.

  2. valarmorghuliss - Jun 15, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    Solid offer this far away from the draft, but the Avs can get more.

  3. kicksave1980 - Jun 15, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    The Flames trying to give 3 first rounders for the first overall tells me that they haven’t changed a bit. I’m not the biggest draft fan, because its a total crap shoot and guys are so hyped, but a rebuilding team should stockpile picks. Especially those in the first round.

    • tdrusher225 - Jun 16, 2013 at 12:04 AM

      Why hasn’t Jay Feaster been fired yet?

    • jpelle82 - Jun 16, 2013 at 9:13 AM

      i’m questioning why colorado didnt take the deal….seems too good to be true. i wouldve wanted it if i were a colorado fan. 3 players for the price of one, you have a better chance of hitting with 3 chances than putting all the eggs in one basket with the 1st pick. then again its not like there’s ever been a 1st overall bust in sports…..

      • gospitfires - Jun 16, 2013 at 4:26 PM

        nothing at any part of the draft is guaranteed, but what is more likely is that a player chosen in the top 3 can more easily turn into a franchise player than a guy drafted late in the first round. look at Detroit, while they had success back in the day with late picks for guys like zetterburg or datsyuk, can you name even 1 effective player not named Kronwall they have drafted late in the first round in the last 15 years that turned into an allstar (there isnt one). quite frankly players chosen in the backend of even the first round often end up as role players.

        they would be fools to trade a pick like seth jones with his on and off ice pedigree when they are desperate for D, or even to take the 2 forwards available there who are head and shoulders above every other offensive player in thier draft class.

  4. phillyphanatic77 - Jun 15, 2013 at 11:42 PM

    IMO the Flames should be happy the Avs didn’t take that deal… Calgary is a franchise with a relatively bare cupboard, and it could’ve been a mistake to take quality over quantity. This draft is supposed to compare to 03 so it’s possible the Flames could get a difference maker with either (or both) of those late picks. The Flyers got both Jeff Carter (11th) and Mike Richards (24th) in 03, and it was huge for the franchise. Seth Jones could be a star or he could be Erik Johnson. And the Flames could get an elite talent at #6. I understand the strategy but the Flames would probably be better served taking 3 quality players over one potential star. Who knows, maybe they could get a forward, defender, and goalie (Fucale?), and address all three levels.

  5. mz1394 - Jun 15, 2013 at 11:49 PM

    Yeah because Florida is giving up the second for an average goalie .sabres fans are so stupid

    • phillyphanatic77 - Jun 16, 2013 at 12:12 AM

      I wouldn’t call them stupid but anytime there is a discussion about trades they bring up Miller. And completely over-inflate his value. They do it all the time on Flyers pages, when we’re already trying to get rid of an aging, overpriced goalie. They wanna pawn him off on anyone that’ll listen.

  6. timmeh022 - Jun 15, 2013 at 11:49 PM

    Feaster you are a COMPLETE IDIOT if you offered that up..

  7. 19to77 - Jun 16, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    Jesus, Sakic. Why? Why say no to that?

    • valarmorghuliss - Jun 16, 2013 at 12:22 AM

      If they are offering that a month before the draft, they might offer more a week before the draft.
      The Flames first rounder in 2015 (McDavid) rather than that 28th overall this year is a start.

  8. kingsforever - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:09 AM

    Not sure who’s more of a moron, the man who made the offer… Or the one who turned it down.

    • hockeyfan212 - Jun 16, 2013 at 9:58 PM

      Yeah real stupid to wanna pick a potential franchise altering player in Jones or MacKinnon. Or to even wait and see if Calgary is desperate enough to offer more.

      • timmeh022 - Jun 17, 2013 at 12:20 PM

        The stupid part is Feaster may offer more. DON’T DO IT. A rebuilding team needs 3 good prospects, not 1 great prospect. As it was mentioned by phillyphanatic77 before, with this draft as deep as it is, they could find 3 elite players out of this.

        6 – Lindholm
        22 – Morin
        28 – Fucale

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