All General managers have the dilemma of looking at their team when they are doing well and ask themselves honestly what they could use to move forward and hopefully take the big prize. When the team is doing poorly it is too hard to trade so when you are doing well is the time to make it happen.
The Flames are doing well.
So the question is what does this team need to get over the hump, I personally think a slick center or a heart and soul center to play with Jerome and squid. Either a guy who can dish it to them or a guy who will get it out of the corners for them.
They need another very capable blue liner to play with Dion, maybe Vandermeer will fill that role, last year Phanuef played very well with him and for sure wasn't horrible in the +/ - like he is now.
Here's the players I think Calgary could lose, feel free to mix and match and add and not forget our 2nd round pick (first isn't going anywhere with this draft):
Boyd, Lombardi, Primeau, Roy, Sarich, Vandermeer. Prospects- Aulie, Baldwin, Irving, Keetley, Chucko.
Players, in order, I'd love to see Calgary acquire:
Dustin Brown- L.A.- he's the hitter, go in the corner player I think is affordable, a total team guy, he scores, he's young with three years at 3 mil cap hit.... awesome. (would give up lombardi keetley/irving and some pick to get him..maybe more) Squid can play center.
Olli Jokinen- Keenans got some man love for him. He's not going anywhere if the desert dogs stay in the playoff hunt.
(Lombardi, Boyd, Chucko)
Lecavalier- would it be THAT hard to convince him to play with Squid and Iggy?? I doubt it. Would you have to give the farm to get him? yes. So this probably isn't the year to do it and Calgary couldn't compete with Montreal in terms of depth...but it would be nice!!
Klesla- I have no idea what this trade would involve but this kid has just been buried in a rotten system on a rotten team and can still be an excellent D man.
Arnott- He's big, can score, can pass and is a great locker room guy- very difficult to acquire as long as the preds are in the hunt for the 8 spot though.
Also on the list- Lang, Connoly (with a really big helmet) and if desperate Antropov.