Jay Feaster's hands were tied.
The Flames General Manager tried every possible angle to get defenceman Tim Erixon inked to an entry-level deal but as the 5:00 PM ET deadline crept closer, it became apparent there was nothing he could do to convince the 20 year-old to sign on.
If no deal was able to be made, Erixon would be put back into the NHL Entry Draft this month and the Flames would end up with a compensatory pick in the second round which would be equal to the number the player was drafted at.
"He was drafted 23rd. The pick would have been 53rd," Feaster stated. "There's already a player that was drafted ahead of him by Montreal who is not going to sign with them from actually a while back because this player went to college. So the pick probably would have slipped back one."
Not feeling particularly satisfied with that option, Feaster moved on to the next choice. The New York Rangers had been "aggressively" pursuing Erixon over the course of the last season. Earlier in the year, the Flames had told the Rangers, and every other team that inquired about the blueliner, that they had no intention of trading him but desperate times called for desperate measures so Feaster gave the Blueshirts a call a couple days ago.