I’m not Darryl Sutter, though, so I’m just having fun and you can read and comment all you like. Sure, most are wishful thinking and maybe even a bit far-fetched, but have fun anyway.
1) Trade Matthew Lombardi, Anders Eriksson, Andrej Taratukhin, and 2009 #2 Draft Pick to Florida for Olli Jokinen: Flames get the #1 Center they’ve been wanting for years. He’s got size, speed, skill, and (with the right line mates) has a fantastic scoring touch.
2) Trade Cory Sarich, Wayne Primeau, Mark Giordano, and 2008 #1 Draft Pick to Toronto to Tomas Kaberle & Chad Kilger: Certainly a bit far-fetched but it shakes up both rosters bit and gives some struggling players new scenery. Kaberle is a puck-moving defenseman & power-play specialist Calgary needs (beyond Phaneuf).
3) Re-sign Daymond Langkow: Langkow has proven himself worthy of a raise and resigning with the Flames. 3 years for $10/mill ($3.33/yr).
4) Re-sign Craig Conroy: Conroy has lost some of his offensive ability, yes, but I believe him to be a great defensive asset as well (and is a great Flames leader). I don’t think he’s quite worthy of a raise (considering his age), but I would resign him for 2 years for $3.7/mil ($1.85/yr).
5) Resign Stephane Yelle: 1 more year @ $1/mil
6) Resign Owen Nolan: 1 more year @ $1.5/mil
7) Trade Kristian Huselius, Rhett Warrener, Brent Krahn, and 2009 #3 Pick to Buffalo for Jason Pomminville & Nathan Paetsch: I believe there to be one team in particular who would love to have Warrener on their squad and that’s Buffalo. Not only would Warrener bolster the D-core, but Huselius would blend well into Buffalo’s fast-paced offensive game. Pomminville fills the gap left by streaky Huselius while Paetsch adds some young skill to our defense.
8) Put Marcus Nilson on waivers: If he’s not picked up, send him down to Quad City.
9) Extend Curtis Joseph one more year: as our goalie prospects develop in the farm system, Joseph remains Kipper’s steady back-up/insurance policy.
10) Give “A” (assistant captain) to Craig Conroy: a known leader and dressingroom inspiration, while keeping Iginla as “C” and Regehr as “A”. Nolan would be the alternate “A”