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Report: Flames tried to buy first-round picks from Phoenix, Carolina

Jun 30, 2014, 3:25 PM EDT

From TSN’s Darren Dreger:

Sure sounds like the Flames were trying to use their financial might to “buy” some high first-round picks.

Worth a shot, we suppose. It’s no secret that Carolina and Arizona have their own internal budgets. The last thing those teams want to do is pay a player to go away.

But that’s ultimately what the Coyotes did with Ribeiro, while taking a sizable cap hit to boot. It’s not clear if the Flames would’ve kept or bought out Ribeiro, who “had some real behavioral issues” with the Coyotes, according to GM Don Maloney.

The Hurricanes are planning to go with a goalie due of Cam Ward and Anton Khudobin next season.

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  1. hockey412 - Jun 30, 2014 at 3:30 PM

    Worth a shot indeed. This is why you don’t give players like Ribiero clauses.

  2. storminator16 - Jun 30, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    Treliving trumped Burke’s “I’ll take a pick for a bad contract” mantra to an extreme. Sure fire way to make Maloney or Francis think twice about ever answering the phone for him again. Next I’ll expect him to challenge Kevin Lowe to a fencing duel.

    • rmccleary97 - Jun 30, 2014 at 3:44 PM

      If this had been car sales, the offer would have been “sure, I’ll take your used vehicle that you own $16,000 on and need to get rid of; give me another $8,000 to go with it, and I’ll give you nothing in return.”

  3. luz56 - Jun 30, 2014 at 3:51 PM

    Brilliant… If they could have swung the deals

  4. djshnooks - Jun 30, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    Everyone said Tim Murray would go out and do this…and man am I glad he didn’t embarrass himself like this guy did.

    • hockey412 - Jun 30, 2014 at 3:57 PM

      Why is it embarassing? I’d do it, in a heartbeat. Just curious –

  5. 19to77 - Jun 30, 2014 at 4:15 PM

    Honestly, it made sense with Ribiero. It was clear the ‘Yotes were done with him before the end of the season, going by Maloney’s comments. So to call him and say “Hey, rather than paying him to leave…” is actually worth a shot. As was pointed out, they might have actually done it if not for Ribiero’s NTC. Stupid to give him that, and now they’re paying for it.

    Trying to do that with Ward was just silly. Ward’s a playable goalie. Massively overpaid, but he might still be an improvement over what the Flames have going on in goal. And this AFTER Carolina had already parted with Justin Peters? Come on. That’s just stupid. He knew there was no chance at all they’d agree to giving up the #7 pick for the right to ALSO trade Calgary their not-quite-backup goalie and have to go sign a new one.

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