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Flames acquire Jones, O’Brien from Avalanche

Jun 27, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

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In the words of NHL commissioner Gary Bettman: “We have a trade to announce.”

The Calgary Flames have picked up right winger David Jones and defenseman Shane O’Brien from the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for Alex Tanguay and defenceman Cory Sarich.

The Flames announced the trade on their team website Thursday evening.

“This trade adds needed size up front and grit on the back end while also allowing us to get younger.” said Flames general manager Jay Feaster in a statement.

“We like the fact that Jones plays a north-south game, drives hard to the net, kills penalties and is a right hand shot. O’Brien is a hard guy to play against, knows how to get under the skin of the opposition and stands up for his teammates. We are pleased to add both of these players to our organization.”

Tanguay turns 34 years of age in November, and had three years remaining on a contract that was a $3.5 million cap hit.

Sarich turns 35 in August, and had one more year remaining on his contract worth a cap hit of $2 million.

Jones, 28, comes to the Flames after scoring three goals and nine points in 33 regular season games in 2013.

He had a career-best 45 points in 2010-11.

O’Brien, who comes to the Flames after stops with the Avalanche, Nashville Predators, Vancouver Canucks, Tampa Bay Lightning and Anaheim Ducks, had four points in 28 games this past season with Colorado.

He also had an even rating.

In terms of the always hyped ‘blockbuster’, this deal might not be along the same line as the potential swap of first-round draft picks that the Flames were reportedly offering the Avalanche.

Earlier this month, it was reported that the Flames, in a bid to land Seth Jones, offered their three first-round draft picks to Colorado for the Avalanche’s No. 1 overall choice in the upcoming NHL Entry Draft.

  1. atwatercrushesokoye - Jun 27, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    Thursday evening? It’s still the afternoon here in Calgary, and in Denver too. This is all about gutting the team, clearing out the old and bringing in the new, I’m sure they’ll be looking to move Cammaleri this weekend and possibly Wideman if things could fall into place. The Flames are going to be a young team next year, I’m thinking they’ll give all 3 first round picks the chance to make the team, not sure how good they’ll be, but if it means they’re good 2 or 3 years from now I think most Flames fans will be willing to live with another horrible year. Just don’t screw up this rebuild like Edmonton has!

    • mrpinkca - Jun 27, 2013 at 7:02 PM

      Sort of putting the cart before the horse giving 3 yet to be named 18 year old’s a shot at the roster. Generally isn’t the best development strategy, you might screw it up like Edmonton has!

      • atwatercrushesokoye - Jun 27, 2013 at 7:29 PM

        Granted its hyperbole to say that the 3 picks will play here this year, picks 22 and 28 would be long shots, especially if one is a goalie, but I think whoever is picked at 6 will have a reasonable chance of playing here all year and learning on the job. I would think all 3 will stick around long into training camp and possibly into the 10 games unless there are obvious signs or reasons they shouldn’t.

    • ray2013 - Jun 27, 2013 at 7:26 PM

      If you know they are going to be horrible for the next year or two, why not let all three prospects (or however many you end up with) go back to Juniors or stay in Europe for a year or two? Bring them along slowly, which is the opposite of what the Oilers have done with their first rounders in recent years.

      Let them suck for a year or two, then you bring in your young players and the immortal Mark Jankowski and you’ll have a pretty good young core moving forward. And it’s better from a cap standpoint to wait a little while before bringing them to the NHL.

      • atwatercrushesokoye - Jun 27, 2013 at 7:36 PM

        Those are all very good points, the reason I say the Oilers screwed their rebuild up is because they built unevenly (lots of small skilled forwards, less defense and goaltending) and now will likely not be able to keep the young core together cost wise long enough for them to build up the rest of the team. I certainly don’t want the Flames to do that.

        But I think the reason pick 6 will be rushed is because the Flames will be looking to hold someone up as a face of the franchise, which they think the fans will demand. Truthfully there will be 19,289 fans in that building (assuming capacity stays the same after the flood renos are done) for 41 games this year whether they have that face of the franchise or not.

      • ray2013 - Jun 27, 2013 at 7:42 PM

        I think most Canadian fans are like that. You can have the worst team in the NHL (like they did in Edmonton) for a couple of years, and we still have sell-outs every game. So I don’t see the need to rush whoever they draft. They could probably benefit from another year in Juniors or in Europe. It’ll be fun to watch.

  2. tru2joelu4eva - Jun 27, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    this is cool. let’s let adam deadmarsh play again too.

    • andidee15 - Jun 28, 2013 at 1:50 AM

      Nah, he’s already in our front office as a “Player Development Coach”. And those post-concussion symptoms would be difficult to deal with anyway.

  3. killerpgh - Jun 27, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    I guess there is no bad blood from the Ryan O’Reilly offer sheet.

  4. zacmelvinmcnutt - Jun 27, 2013 at 8:10 PM

    I’m puzzled by what the Flames think they’re getting out of this trade, the softest most useless winger in the league and a party-boy turnover machine and they gave up two experienced veterans to get them, way to go Calgary

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Jun 27, 2013 at 9:25 PM

      You didn’t see much of Tanguay or Sarich this year huh? Or last year for that matter. They’re getting rid of “two experienced veterans” who are past their best before dates. I wish both players well in Colorado but it doesn’t seem like Calgary is losing much.

      • zacmelvinmcnutt - Jun 28, 2013 at 6:01 PM

        True, they aren’t losing much but they’re gaining even less

  5. tru2joelu4eva - Jun 27, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    also, i hope that everyone can appreciate the irony that this immediately follows the announcement of kevin shattenkirk’s new contract and shiny bright future with the blues.

    • jernster21 - Jun 27, 2013 at 10:11 PM

      Yeah because Roy and Sakic were totally in the meeting room after Shatty signed a new deal talking about what they should do to show St Louis up and this was obviously the result.

    • andidee15 - Jun 28, 2013 at 1:54 AM

      Love Shattenkirk, but check out Tyson Barrie. Let’s just say that there was a reason we were able to make that trade, and he turns 22 next month (same age as as Shatty’s rookie season).

      • tru2joelu4eva - Jun 28, 2013 at 1:23 PM

        very good point, thanks.

  6. jernster21 - Jun 27, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    I like this trade, by righting a wrong that was made to send Tanguay out in the first place. He still puts up points consistently even on a less than stellar Calgary teams in recent years. The guy has great hockey sense and play making abilities – I think this will be a good move to get Stastny going again whom can be a 20-30 goal scorer with the right guys. Put some grit from McGinn or Downie with these two and good things should happen. I liked O’Brien but I still don’t think he’s learned how to be a professional when he needs to be a professional – there’s a reason why he’s been moved around so much. Jonesy is a stand up guy as well and hopefully a change of scenery will do him good. Unfortunately, if Feaster thought picking him up for his size was going to benefit them, he’s sadly mistaken. There are far smaller guys that have more mean in them than Jones. When he’s on, he has a pretty lethal shot though.

    • jernster21 - Jun 27, 2013 at 10:17 PM

      Oh, and as a bonus…Tanguay has actually won a cup before (in a literal and general sense). That’s great experience to bring into a locker room full of young talent that needs to learn to play with a winning attitude.

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Jun 27, 2013 at 10:58 PM

      As a Flames fan (who admittedly wanted Feaster fired but has resigned himself to the fact he’s here for at least this part of the rebuild) I’m going to judge his moves as a whole after the summer rather than looking at each piece individually. I think (hope!) this is just a minor move in the grand scheme of things and won’t be a big piece of the puzzle 12-18 months from now.

      As for Tanguay, I’ve always liked him and will continue to do so, I hope the change of scenery and playing with an offensive natural centre will give him another shot of life!

  7. vanindeed - Jun 27, 2013 at 11:42 PM

    I can’t believe Tanguay is only 33. He’s been around forever and was team Canada once upon a time

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