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Flames still offer some solid trade bait

Aug 14, 2013, 6:41 PM EDT

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The Calgary Flames are expected to be somewhere between mediocre and lousy next season, but that doesn’t mean that they lack assets altogether.

Assuming that GM Jay Feaster is maintaining the same list of “untouchables” that included Sven Baertschi, Curtis Glencross, Mark Giordano and T.J. Brodie at the 2013 trade deadline, here’s a look at some other players worth trading for next season.

(Note: let’s assume Miikka Kiprusoff retires or fires down all swaps like he did last time.)

Mike Cammalleri – Feaster can sell suitors on his expiring contract and the fact that he’s scored 20+ goals five times in his career, including two 30+ goal seasons. (Don’t forget his 13 goals for Montreal in the 2010 playoffs.)

Dennis Wideman – Carries many of the same strengths and weaknesses as other often-criticized offensive defensemen like Mike Green. Many teams might balk at his $5.25 million rate through 2016-17, especially since he’s already 30. Still, he brings experience and is used to logging big minutes.

Lee Stempniak – He’s quietly put up some nice numbers for the Flames at a reasonable price. Don’t be surprised if he’s a savvy deadline pickup by a contending team.

Jiri Hudler – The former Detroit Red Wings winger produced at about the same level as he did in Hockeytown. He carries a digestible price tag ($4 million per year through 2015-16) and is fairly young at 29. His stock might be at an all-time low, though.

Mikael Backlund – Perhaps some other team believes that the 24-year-old will make a breakthrough thanks to a change in scenery?

Shane O’Brien – For all his faults, he brings the kind of size and edge that is still valued in the NHL.

David Jones – Sure, the Flames just traded for him, but what if someone offers a solid pick or prospect for the overpaid sniper?

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  1. atwatercrushesokoye - Aug 14, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    I have no doubt that the Flames would trade Wideman or Cammalleri in a second if any team offers them anything at all, even a firm handshake, in return.

    The other players listed would require something in return of varying scale with Backlund being the highest, he’ll never be the high scoring centre that the Flames thought he would be but he’s an excellent 3rd line centre on a really good team, I wouldn’t be disappointed if the Flames hung onto him.

    Glencross has a full NMC and loves it here, he’s indicated that he has no plans to waive it to go anywhere, And Giordano is a very good defenseman, he’ll be the number 1 here but would be a good number 2 or number 3 defenseman on just about every team in the league, he’s also a leader and likely the next captain (it will be between him and Glencross) add to that both players are well thought of in the community it just makes sense to hang onto both and have them mentor the influx of young players that will be on the roster going forward.

    • ethanmacleod1685 - Aug 14, 2013 at 7:26 PM

      The sharks could do with any one of those tbh

  2. luuo73 - Aug 14, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    Did I miss something? Mike Green plays for the flames now. Wtf?

    • ronhextaller - Aug 14, 2013 at 9:30 PM

      oh my god read the story

    • afrancis55 - Aug 14, 2013 at 9:54 PM

      Yeah, you missed something.

  3. jaredo10 - Aug 14, 2013 at 9:06 PM

    what a horrible day to be a flames fan..

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Aug 14, 2013 at 9:30 PM

      No, living in groundhog day the past 5 seasons where they’re fighting for 8th and either just barely making or missing the playoffs but wouldn’t admit there was a problem, now that they’ve admitted the problem and started to actively try to correct it it’s much easier to be a Flames fan and 3 years from now when the core of Brodie, Baertschi, Monohan, Knight, the Reinhart brothers, Jankowski (hopefully!) are leading them back to playoff contention it will be a great day to be a Flames fan!

      There still may be more harder times ahead but at least now we see there’s a plan and an effort to get back on the way up!

      • bullwinkle88 - Aug 14, 2013 at 10:18 PM

        I’d say that the Sabres and Flames are living the same day over and over and over together.

      • iggyfan2001 - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:52 AM

        Don’t forget Johnny Hockey, assuming he doesn’t pull a Justin Schultz and is as difficult to check in the nhl level as he is in the ncaa.

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