What does it mean when Sutter signs Breen and Cameron as UFA prospects? It means that they are his 1st and 2nd round picks in essence.
Cameron had more goals than any other CHL player, more than Hall, more than Seguin, more than Eberle, more than Beach even more than number 10 on the list, and Flames prospect, Ryan Howse.
Flames fans, Cameron IS our first round pick. He's just a few years more along in terms of development.
With our second round pick you could equate Breen, he's 6'7" and 225 lbs. He's huge. He fills the void left by Aulie.
When Sutter tries to trade for a pick at the Draft, and he will, if he fails he will point out these two kids and say that they already looked at them like their draft.
This is an incredibly deep draft of quality players and actually the third round picks will probably turn out to be decent players. If Kabanov dips low enough in the 2nd round they may make a play for him, Calgary has a long history with Russian players and they know Calgary as a Russian climate type of city. He had massive troubles with Moncton but has that first over all type of skill.
As fans we all hope Calgary are buyers at the draft but the reality is that they are sellers, if you want Kotalik gone you have to be willing to say goodbye to a good prospect, a draft pick or a player. They have two or maybe three tradable players that might attract the attention of other G.M.'s looking to take advantage of the Flames' bad salary position.
At the end of the day Calgary needs to shed around 4-8 million in salary, the easiest way is to let go of players like Regehr and Sarich but since Calgary is a seller you have to be prepared that the return for them may not be what you hoped for in terms of hockey players. In the cap age, getting cap room is also one way of winning a trade though and moving Langkow, Regehr, and sarich is one way of doing it.
For years we have siphoned Florida and Pheonix for players so why are we so surprised we fail? I'm listening to rumors about Horton now and yeah he's a great player but all of these players that never won anything start to install a losing attitude after a while.
My take on this rumor is that if you look at Florida they need depth at Center and a top 4 d-man. Calgary could provide both so the trade match up works well but Florida will be looking for a pick of some sort as well and Calgary has pocket lint to offer in return.
Newman, Famestr and Vetter are on fire lately with their blogs, it's great being a Flames fan hey? No shortage of opinions here from people who care, I don't always agree with everyone but to name a few that I always appreciate hearing from, beside the aforementioned. are skaspar, flames34, kevinr, allmightcoil, mikk4ervr and more. I've been asked to blog on other sites but the reason I keep writing here is because you guys offer insight other sites don't have.
Halak... I think Halak is better than Price right now, 3 years from now? I don't know. The Players going to Montreal suit what they need and they should admire their G.M. for having the courage to bring in some two way guys with size, they need it! maybe not the best deal out there but not a horrible failure it's being made out to be, especially with a glut of starters as UFA's this year.
Have a great weekend!!