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5 Flames Trade Targets: Not the Usual Suspects

So if it hasn’t become clear that the Flames need more offense in the form of a trade, then you are probably a New Jersey Devils fan.  Here, I will look at the 2010 UFA’s who will likely be trade targets by Darryl Sutter.  This means guys he would actually trade for, so no, we will not see Kovalchuk on this list.  I’ve also included what Sutter’s reasoning might be behind any of these players on both why and why not.

1. LW Alexander Frolov, LA Kings

Why: He fits the Flames needs- offense.  His coach isn’t exactly a huge fan, which could put him on the trading block.

Why Not: He’s a streaky Russian forward not known for his work ethic.  That just screams Calgary player.

2. C Matt Cullen, Carolina Hurricanes

Why: He currently plays in the SE Division, he’s never broken 50 points in a season except when he played in the Italian league, and he’s a center.

Why Not: He’s not from Western Canada and he’s won a Stanley Cup already.  Hell, he’s even made the post-season.  Why would we want that?

3. RW Colby Armstrong, Atlanta Thrashers

Why: Hard working gritty player who can maybe  reach up to the second line?  Sounds like a Daz guy to me.  And bonus points since he’s related to someone in the organization!

Why Not: Wait- we haven’t traded for him yet?  Oh right- we’re waiting for his stock to go up.

4. D Jordan Leopold, Florida Panthers

Why: Former Flame?  Yep.  Defenseman?  Can’t have too many.  Just trade him away (sort of)?  Yep.

Why not: He’d only remind Sutter that he traded Ryan Wilson, who’s been killing the Flames this year, to a conference rival.  And Sutter does not remember errors.

5. C Olli Jokinen, Calgary Flames

I’m not going to list the Sutter why’s and why nots behind this, nobody will ever really know.  Here’s what I see happening. 

Darryl Sutter picks up the phone and dials Brian Burke.

Sutter: Hey Brian, how’s it going?  How’s the family?  Blah blah, yeah yeah, look.  Let’s get down to business.  I need a draft pick- I hear you like trading them.

Burke: To be honest Darryl, the pick cupboard is looking pretty bare, it’d have to be a hell of a trade.

Sutter: Well, I see you have that Kessel kid, how would you like to give him a- wait for it- number one center?!

Burke: (Sighs) No Darryl, I do not want Olli Jokinen.  He’s overpaid and isn’t even a set-up man.

Sutter: But he’s truculent!  I swear!

Burke: Really?  My favorite website ever, I mean the resources of hockeyfights.com, tell me he’s been in less than 30 fights in ten years, and the last fight was against Francois Beauchemin, and I’ll be the first to admit losing to him is hilarious. 

Sutter: No, no.  He just needs to be in the right enviroment.  A truculent environment, like you foster.

Burke (blushing and apparently forgetting that Calgary leads the league in fights): You’re too kind Darryl.  Still, I dunno…

Sutter: Let me send you a video of Jokinen as proof.

Burke: Well, it’s hard to tell since the video is a bit old, but that does look like him.  Okay, how about a 2nd for Jokinen?

Sutter: Deal!  I’ll fax the paperwork over.

The Next Day

Sutter: Oh what  a beautiful morning, let’s look at rosters and see who I can trade for.  WHAT?  Jokinen’s a UFA this year?  We need a number 1 center!  And we have the cap space!

Sutter frantically dials Burke

Burke: Hello again Darryl, what’s up today?


Burke (who is very amused): Well he won’t come cheap.  How about your 2011 first rounder and, say, Backlund?


Burke: Sounds good, pleasure doing business with you as usual Darryl.


And that is how I picture the Flames trade deadline happening.  Sadly.

  1. Arik
    January 26, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    For the record, I do not support the Flames being buyers at the deadline. I would much rather see them as sellers.

  2. January 27, 2010 at 2:54 am

    I imagined a similar situation involving Sutter trading Jokinen to the Leafs. A deal between two GMs oblivious to their team’s real needs seems imminent.

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