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Once an offer sheet is laid out by a team all of the other team’s fans start to wonder why their team is not doing it.

Jamie Benn, Suban, or however you want to talk about are not going to be let go via offer sheet, it’s very rare. If they do get the sheet they don’t move very often, most clubs will match and trade later when they can control the return.

So are the Flames making an offer sheet? Possibly. Will they get the player? History says it’s more than likely not.

Instead of wondering who the Flames might put forward an offer sheet to I think it may be more reasonable to look at what options are out there for the teams who are looking for a top pairing Defenseman that also lost out on signing Suter and Weber. Would there be a fit with the Flames for Jay Bouwmeester? What we know and what the Flames have made public is they are looking for grit and skill and not necessarily exclusive of one another, they want to be harder to play against. When thinking about this player think Ott or Brown. Guys who can contribute and also are pesky as hell.

A guy who I thought fit what the Flames needed desperately was Brandon Dubinsky, since he was just recently moved it seems unlikely he will be again so I’ll shift focus.

Philly obviously has a hole on their defence and unless they want to put up Weber money for Suban, which I think is crazy then Bouwmeester might be a fit for them. Calgary desperately needs a center who can win draws and is pesky. A center who can play top two line minutes if needed. Does not Danny Briere fit that bill? In terms of cap money it’s a pretty straight draw with Calgary getting the extra year so maybe even a pick to come with it. His face off percentage is not league leading but would have been the best the Flames offered last year at Center. He is a consistently .7 PPG or better every year and although he misses time every year with injuries has played 70+ games the last three. Philly has a glut of Centers and all of them are of the top two line calibre or will be so at what point do they try and get an asset for Briere? There may be a fit there.

Darren Helm just re-upped in Detroit but certainly if there was a team that Bouwmeester would fit on I would have to say the puck possession, skating style of Detroit is it. Helm would fit nicely on the Flames, good speed, good face off guy and would chip in 10 goals and roughly 15 assists. Maybe not the grit or peskiness they need but for sure a guy in that 24-28 year old range they are looking to fill. There would be a major cap difference here so play with the idea if you want but if Nash gets Dubinsky then Bouwmeester gets a third line center.

Another team quietly making moves has been the Colorado Avalanche yet their back end is still slightly spotty. Johnson and Hejda average roughly 20 minutes a night and are the best guys Colorado throws over the boards on D so it would seem Boumeester might be a fit with his 25+ minutes a night. The guy who keeps coming up in trade rumours out of Colorado is Stastny who fits the age bill perfectly for the Flames, his cap hit is roughly on par with Bouwmeester and his history as an assist guy is certainly attractive to a team with so many snipers. Term and money match very closely and this would be an excellent hockey trade for both teams needs. Colorado has the centers to make this work and Calgary has the D to make this work, it both hurts and helps both teams. Just something to kick around. Oh and it doesn’t hurt Stastny’s 55% + in the face off circle, something Hartley wants.

Backlund is always out there as bait in a trade but I do not think he moves until he has flopped this year, it is his last kick at bringing out his scoring talent so if he does move do not expect a massive return or anything really significant.

Filed Under:   Flames   Briere   Stastny   Helm  
July 24, 2012 10:04 PM ET | Delete
Adding any of those players is a waste. The flames should sell off what they have of value and rebuild. Since they have done the opposite this off season they should sell off everything at the trade deadline because they will not be in the playoffs with this team anyway.
July 25, 2012 2:04 AM ET | Delete
What about St Louis?
July 25, 2012 11:15 AM ET | Delete
St Louis is the other rumoured destination. The guys the Flames would want Backes or Berglund would not be available IMO. Allen- it's not happening, we should let that thought go, instead focus on how they can remain competitive.
July 25, 2012 1:33 PM ET | Delete
I think St. Louis is where he lands.The time is now for the Blues and he fills a void there.They have plenty of young assests that would appeal to Calgary. Namely Rattie if he can be pryed away.
July 26, 2012 2:38 AM ET | Delete
Backland added to col makes sense. He may have played with landeskog at some point.Jbo/backland for stasny/elliot
July 26, 2012 2:42 AM ET | Delete
Would rather get cole and Stewart then rattie. We're getting to small on players that will play top 2
July 26, 2012 3:01 PM ET | Delete
Briere has a no trade/no movement clause, ain't gonna happen
July 26, 2012 10:50 PM ET | Delete
You don't have your own 2nd rounder to make any real offer sheet.
July 27, 2012 12:50 PM ET | Delete
Here's a sane, well thought out opinion. I have no idea whether a JayBo/Helm deal would ever take place, but Helm brings PLENTY of grit and peskiness
July 27, 2012 2:39 PM ET | Delete
habs, depending on the salary offered they DO have x4 1st rounders. BiggE...so did regehr. It just allows players to say no, means very little. if briere is asked to leave, he'll leave. John- yes it is!
July 28, 2012 7:59 PM ET | Delete
If the Flames want Brierre they will have to give up more than Bouwmeester.
July 29, 2012 12:20 AM ET | Delete
I could see a swap with the Habs on this. J-bo for Weber and Kristo or maybe Kristo and a 2nd rounder. Calgary won't get much for him though....he is a good d-man, but not great and his salary is bloated. Or here is a good trade....J-bo to Montreal for Weber, Kristo, Gomez and a 2nd rounder. That is a deal I would do!!!
July 30, 2012 1:10 PM ET | Delete
The Blues have a rumored offer on the table but the Flames are holding out to see if Philly or Detroit will offer more up probably.I guess we will see what happens. Despite all the criticism Jay Bo gets, I'd like to see him next to Petro for the next 2 years at least.
July 30, 2012 1:43 PM ET | Delete
Source??? dtkblueshockey
July 31, 2012 11:44 AM ET | Delete
Vincent Lecavalier?
July 31, 2012 11:44 AM ET | Delete
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