The Calgary Flames have traded Sven Baertschi to the Vancouver Canucks for a second round pick. Trading a young first rounder for a younger second rounder doesn’t make a lot of sense to me. Clearly the Flames know something I don’t. Now with three picks in the second round of the upcoming draft, maybe they are planning a package for a first rounder this summer?
Curtis Glencross is no longer a Flame, as expected. What we did not expect was to get a second and third round pick from the Washington Capitals for him. Remember last year when Mike Cammalleri was not moved by the Flames because they could only get a second-round pick for the perennial 30-goal scorer?
I’m quite happy with the deal since Curtis was only going to be a Flame for the remaining 20 games. As a fourth-line guy he wasn’t contributing much more than 6 minutes a night before the last week of the Glenncross/Ramo showcase showdown.
So what needs to happen today – trade deadline day? Well Calgary still needs to move Karri Ramo, and he’s done well to up his stock in the last few games. They could also move Dennis Wideman as his stock is as high as it’s ever going to get. I’d love to see Matt Stajan moved, but I’m doubtful anyone will take on that contract for a fourth-line centre. Maybe someone would take Brandon Bollig? He seemed to help Chicago during their runs.
Calgary also needs defencemen, now that (it’s likely) Mark Girodano will miss the remainder of the season. That means that if the Flames do move a defenceman, it would be Deryk Engelland – if there are any takers – and then they would have to get another D-man to replace him. That seems to hint that Wideman will remain a Flame after today. The Flames claimed defenceman David Schlemko off of waivers from the Dallas stars yesterday, but that won’t be much help. There is a reason why he was on waivers. SB Nation describes Schlemko as a defensive liability – not what you want to see on a defenceman’s resume.
Hey… Dion Phaneuf is available!?!? He could even be captain!