The fun for Flames fans is this offseason that is coming up.
Who would make sense for the Flames to pursue? To trade for? To offer sheet? They have Cap, they have some trade bait in Beartschi, Hudler, their 4th overall pick, David Jones and Smid.
Nazim Kadri- Remember when Brian Burke shot down Brian Murray live on TSN in front of the nation at the draft when Murray want to trade for Toronto’s pick? The handling of Kadri was suspect sure, but Burke knows what he is capable of. He is a damn good hockey player and the Flames could use a bit of that. Is a 20 goal 50 pnt player worth a first? Remember when Burke traded for Kessel? Just chew on it.
Jake Gardiner- I bring up the Leafs first because G.M.’s like going to their well, Nonis knows Burke well and their relationship could lead to some pretty fair trades, meaning both teams and their fan bases would hate it. The fact is that Gardiner would really round out a blossoming Defence corps in Calgary along with Brodie, Giordano, Wideman and Smid. I don’t think they will try for Phaneuf, my belief is that Burke realized that was a mistake.
Vanek- Burke has said a top flight winger is needed and, although he can disappear some nights, Vanek is a very good player. Vanek has shown in the past he is more financially motivated than anything else, the Flames have cap room galore and the ability to bonus as well.
Tuomo Ruutu- New Jersey probably doesn’t love spending money and he plays the way Burke likes. He is not the best player in terms of points and has a pretty hefty cap hit so maybe N.J. would throw in a prospect or pick.
Jarome Iginla- “One year over and over again, we’ll send you were you want at the deadline every year until you retire and we can pay you”. Pretty good offer really.
Dwight King- I could see an offer sheet for this guy. 6’4 232 Lbs…what did Burke say about skilled size again?
Evander Kane- What player would land Evander Kane? The only comparable might be Monahan and that won’t happen. Would the Flames stomach moving their first for him? Maybe…just not this year.
James Neal- Not the biggest but he can score.
Jussi Jokinen- Hilarious to me that this guy was on waivers and the Flames passed up on the opportunity. Now he will collect serious return this offseason, teams with Cap should be first in line.
Joe Pavelski- Until his new contract starts up on July 1 he can be traded. How many 40 goal scorers are available? Not a ton. It will be a huge price to pay but is he a Burke kind of guy, at sub 6 foot and 30 years old?
Who would you like to see?
(Read Spezza wouldn’t like another Canadian team or he’d be on the list too)
Because the comments section is always f'd on this site here you go rob:
Rob- Prepare for butthurt. Burke does not care about offer sheets, he cares about blind siding G.M.'s with them as a first option. James Neal is just above average size, so what I said was entirely accurate. Vanek- .87 ppg and always gets 25-35 goals. San Jose will have cap issues and pavelski can be moved until the july 1 so they will take offers for sure, 4th overall pick is pretty good chip. To your last comment, with your Burke PHD, do you think he is a calm patient type? The reality is they are 90% drafting in the top 4, 9% in the top 10. sooth your tits bro...and do some research.