I’m going to put these up for fun and feel free to rip me a new one but in my fantasy g.m. brain here is what I would do given what the Flames have to work with right now. Erixon going to the Rangers for two 2nd round picks changed the game because now they have all of the picks they would have anyway, if there was a silver lining to that fiasco this is it. So armed with the two 2nd round picks and the 13th in the first here are the trades I would propose. I know there are NMC and NTC clauses here so don’t think I’m oblivious.
To get Ottawa’s pick:
Bouwmeester, 13th overall pick for Michalek and the 6th pick over all. This trade only goes down if Couturier is available at 6. This would give the Sens another minute eating d that would take some pressure off of Gonchar and allow them to move out Michalek who has been a bust in Ottawa so far. This would give the Flames a true Center prospect and take away some cap to sign Babchuck. Michalek might be a fit on the third line if Tanguay doesn’t sign.
Regehr and the 13th pick to N.J. for Clarkson Rolston and the 4th pick. Clarkson was a favourite of Sutter and I could see him pushing for a trade to acquire him. N.J. has a ton of RFA D and a couple UFA, they can’t get enough premier shut down guys in front of Brodeur. White, Regher, Tallinder, Volchenkov, Salvador. Wow. That would be impressive. Calgary would also take some salary in this deal but Rolston’s in his last year and might be a fit for a power play that desperately needs a secondary rifle to Iginla.
Scott Hannan is gone and they need a shut down d-man. Regehr for the 27th pick and Kuznetsov or the rights to Alzner. Hey caps fans, nothing is free okay? Flames would deal 13th and 27th pick to move up 6th with the sens and give the sens three first round picks.
This is easy. Bouwmeester and 13th for 8th, Voracec and Filitov. With the 8th pick take Dougie Hamilton and replace the D you lose, he’ll be a beast in 2-3 years. Voracek fills a need of top 6 forward and Filitov who has exceptional skill need a change of scenery yesterday. Voracek is RFA so his rights would have to be qualified if they are not already.
Regehr for Heatley. Yes I said it.
P.S. No "sane" jokes please...it's been done.