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In my previous posts I've indicated that I do not think much of a major shake up is going to happen prior to next season with the Flames, unless you call assigning veterans to the minor league a major a shake up. However having said that I'm a fan and like all fans I like to play the what if game with the rumors that are being circulated. The reason Hockeybuzz is fun to me is because it acts as a generator of thought and reaction between hockey fans, sure once in a while it actually resembles a news source for instance Eklund will get the occasional E5 rumor before I see it posted elsewhere. The fun part is addressing the what ifs though and in my blog I like to take a semi practical approach to it, Eklund will post rumors as he hears them, I like to take those rumors and dissect how much of it may be legit, so let's take a look at the latest.

L.A. Kings- Rumored to be interested in "Rocket" Robyn Regehr. Flames fans are kind of strange, when I heard this rumor and spit it out some of the names I got back were not what you'd expect. I wasn't hearing Kopitar or Moller, I wasn't hearing Brown or Schenn. The player I hear fans want is Wayne Simmonds. Not that they'd have huge issues with the aforementioned names but Simmonds has that very physical style and has enough talent that he's a prototype Flame player. Right Wing also happens to be the weak spot this year if you are part of the popular majority that believe Kotalik will be in the minors or the KHL, despite what you may have heard Calgary needs Right Wings more than they need centers. Calgary is also in need of cap relief so a trade for Simmonds would make sense as he will only count for $820,000.00, the L.A. Kings have more than enough room to absorb Regehr's salary with more than 12 million in cap room presently. I'd like to add a twist to this though and see Irving and Bernier involved, the Flames need a goalie who is nhl ready sooner rather than later as karlsson is only signed for one year. Irving goes back as a very solid goalie prospect for the Kings who are fairly deep in that position now. At any rate Simmonds on a line with Glencross and Backlund might be very fun to watch.

Buffalo Sabres- Again the interest in Regehr could net a top six forward, the Sabres have a lot more cap room than the Flames currently with about 7 million so a trade that brought them a premier shut down defenseman at a small cap increase of 2 million is reasonable. Keeping that in mind and Calgary's hole at the right one might assume that Drew Stafford might be in the sites of the Flames. Two things work against this though, for one Sutter likes his players durable and Stafford does not qualify however his upside might be huge if he does stay healthy, also Stafford is RFA at the seasons end so there is a chance they may not retain him. One would think if this went through it would have to involve prospects or a pick coming to Calgary, possibly a second.

Anaheim Ducks- The signing of Sutton would make me think this is a no go for a trade but hey...Bobby Ryan! no? I don't care I want Bobby Ryan.

Boston Bruins- Marc Savard is the name that multiple reliable sources say is being shopped but with the glut of centers Calgary has already and the unlikelihood any of them will be moved this seems unlikely. Having said that the cap swap is fairly even but considering both teams face massive Cap trouble I doubt this will happen. That doesn't mean I don't see trade possibility though, what if they had a problem swap? Kotalik for Ryder? Can Ryder be any worse than Moss? He did score 30 goals...twice and is more likely to get 25-30 than most problem contracts out there. If you're going to swallow Kotalik's Salary maybe Ryder at 1 million more is acceptable and you could still do the minor league assigning that would make him fit. Maybe that 1 million extra in Salary is also worth a 3rd round pick?

Also-

Dallas- Regehr, Hagman for Richards-They Need d, Hagman was good there, numbers work, Calgary gets #1 center.
Columbus- Regehr and pick/prospect for Filitov and Stralman- Problematic players with upside for much needed premier shutdown guy.
Washington- Regehr, Moss, for Semin- Because I like to dream.

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Filed Under:   Flames   Regehr   Richards  
August 3, 2010 4:07 PM ET | Delete
But he's hairless AND fearless!!!! :)
August 3, 2010 4:23 PM ET | Delete
I really like the Simmonds
August 3, 2010 4:26 PM ET | Delete
August 3, 2010 4:26 PM ET | Delete
I have a feeling this is going to happen. Calgary just doesn't have the cap space for Regehr. Buffalo makes a lot of sense because they could use Regehr, especially when battling the Leafs. Calgary could possibly land Roy who would be a great fit.
August 3, 2010 4:28 PM ET | Delete
How about Regehr and Backlund for Semin? or Regehr for Brooks Laich? I would perfer to see him go to an eastern team.. I know the Bruins would love him.
August 3, 2010 4:49 PM ET | Delete
losing a talent like backlund for a pending ufa would hurt bad, i know talented semin is but that may be too much.
August 3, 2010 4:54 PM ET | Delete
Trying again! Simmonds/Bernier deal would be great not sure about them but Robyn would be a scary fit for LA top4. Buff I want Roy or if not Kassian
August 3, 2010 5:24 PM ET | Delete
I think Kassian, Gerbe and Roy are maybe their untouchable guys. Roy is their best all around hockey player every night, it would be a tough sell to their fans. I would Love Roy, he fits well on every team!
August 3, 2010 5:39 PM ET | Delete
No trading Backlund. No more giving up our youth. Most of our team is 30-ish.
August 3, 2010 5:47 PM ET | Delete
Rink- i agree, Backlund might only ever get 20 goals but I think he could get 50-60 even 70 assists in a season. BTW if you're not following Shaune or me on twitter please feel free @shaunevetter @bradleybwindsor
August 3, 2010 6:28 PM ET | Delete
Yay! The potential trade discussions are always fun! From LA, I also want Simmonds, or a prospect package like Loktionov, King and a pick. From Buffalo, I want Kassian, but I'd take Pominville or Roy if they wanted a 1 for 1.
August 3, 2010 6:31 PM ET | Delete
Off the wall suggestion... Regehr Kotalik for Vanek a 2nd. Vanek's contract runs 2 years longer than Kotalik's and 1 year longer than Reggie's. Yes he's very overpaid, but he's a legitimate 30 goal scorer and plays left wing.
August 3, 2010 6:31 PM ET | Delete
hmm, it doesn't like "plus" signs...
August 3, 2010 6:45 PM ET | Delete
I like the Regehr for Roy idea, personally. Not sure Buffalo would do it.
August 3, 2010 7:41 PM ET | Delete
Roy for Regehr? I'd like that move. Not sure how other fans would like it though
August 3, 2010 8:19 PM ET | Delete
Hey Capt, maybe we can throw in Kotalik
August 3, 2010 8:20 PM ET | Delete
for Kennedy in that deal. Save some buyout$$$, Kot played his best in Buff
August 3, 2010 8:52 PM ET | Delete
Kotalik makes too much $$$. No thanks. I would much rather just keep Kennedy, but he's already bought out so I guess that's just a pipe dream now
August 3, 2010 11:38 PM ET | Delete
great job buddy having some issues right now so I have not blogged in a while very well done as always. Regehr will be traded I think and probably to La with Grene going down.
August 4, 2010 12:03 AM ET | Delete
Hey Flamestr! Hows it going dude?
August 4, 2010 12:37 AM ET | Delete
Hey Captain its going good miss our chats trying to handle some crap I am getting from some people. Outside of that I am doing fantastic.
August 4, 2010 9:46 AM ET | Delete
I would trade Backlund for a young 40 goal scorer like Semin... Although Backlund would be cheaper in the long run, I just think he is our most valuable asset that won't get played in Calgary!
August 4, 2010 9:49 AM ET | Delete
Flames should also look at picking up Niemi! I know he wants to be a #1 but he could help split the work load with Kipper!
August 4, 2010 11:05 AM ET | Delete
Already over cap what do you move to fit Niemi, Kipper? Semin UFA next year, wouldnt give up Backlund unless he resigned. Rather move Regehr
August 4, 2010 11:07 AM ET | Delete
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August 4, 2010 11:16 AM ET | Delete
I'm willing to give this Karlsson guy a look as well. If he's half decent that is just fine! Backlund is mr. upside, very tough to let him go, watch him this season and you'll be impressed with every facet of his game.
August 4, 2010 11:43 AM ET | Delete
Great flamestr! See ya around
August 4, 2010 11:46 AM ET | Delete
Indded it would be ridiculous to move Backlund for a guy who is UFA next year.Karlsson is worth a shot, and since any goalie here will only see 10 games max regardless of there skill level why would you overpay Niemi? Hell I can go and lose 10 games for the flames for 500,000
August 4, 2010 11:50 AM ET | Delete
Carefull AMC I already put my resume in!! I get first dibbs on that job!
August 4, 2010 12:01 PM ET | Delete
We could split duties, 5 losses each for 250,000?
August 4, 2010 12:05 PM ET | Delete
....fine.
August 4, 2010 12:26 PM ET | Delete
Good point on Backlund, I don't believe Niemi is overpaid for a backup, look at Huet... I just think Kipper could be a great Jedi master over the next two seasons, and have Niemi take over. Will Karlsson replace Kipper?
August 4, 2010 12:36 PM ET | Delete
No I should clarfy that Niemi around 2.75- 3 mill isnt a bad hit but it's too much for a backup. if you had two 2.75-3 mill guys that would be cool but rocking Kipper at 5.85(?) and another at 3 mill is just too much for 2 goalies especially when will only see the ice every 8-10 games.
August 4, 2010 2:21 PM ET | Delete
Heard the Flames just signed Forsberg....naw just kidding... Sutter would though!
August 4, 2010 3:48 PM ET | Delete
Goaltending? Think we're ok there. We need cap space and offense. That is all. As such, it comes down to trading partners that make sense. LA's the best fit. After the TK buyout we know Buffalo doesn't have any money to spend, internal budget and all...
August 4, 2010 4:05 PM ET | Delete
That is if LA can't pick up Kaberle first... Flames might have to wait to move Regehr.
August 4, 2010 4:43 PM ET | Delete
Regehr might just say get bent I would like to stay here please.
August 4, 2010 4:43 PM ET | Delete
The TK buyout could also be a small move to clear just enough space for a certain move, in fact the money was so small you wonder why do it at all...like Dawes.
August 4, 2010 4:50 PM ET | Delete
I listened to the presser with Darcy yesterday. According to him, he's already overspent his budget and needs to address needs on the blue line. He has no money to throw around and thinks that Ennis will be able to fill the hole for less money than TK. Dawes is still a head scratcher.
August 4, 2010 5:59 PM ET | Delete
I look at the buffalo d corps and can't belive that a) leopold is making 3 mil! b) that they are going to start the season with that group... 5.5. left in cap room, what's 2 mil more? The players pay if you have no revenue! lol
August 4, 2010 11:16 PM ET | Delete
Regher for brown would be awesome.Bourque-Stajan-Iginla Line 1ATanguay-Jokinen-Brown Line 1BGlencross-Backlund-Hagman
August 5, 2010 9:29 AM ET | Delete
I think Bourque has been playing RW, and Hagman on the LW..
August 5, 2010 11:53 AM ET | Delete
Anyone else think those jerseys look god awful! Not into outdoor game, my tickets are lower bowl 3rd row, anyone interested in buying them?
August 5, 2010 1:16 PM ET | Delete
how much?
August 5, 2010 1:18 PM ET | Delete
Kevin R, I'd be interested.
August 5, 2010 2:01 PM ET | Delete
My Tickets (2) are $150.00 each
August 5, 2010 2:38 PM ET | Delete
Just anyone let me know
August 5, 2010 2:41 PM ET | Delete
We can meet up when I get them in Sept
August 5, 2010 5:42 PM ET | Delete
When the time comes let me know if no one else has I will.
August 5, 2010 6:53 PM ET | Delete
I moved from calgary 3 years ago and live in Halifax but Im 100% certain that my brother who is in Red Deer and also a huge flames fan would buy them from you, as soon as you got them. He has already been talking about getting his hands on a pair
August 6, 2010 12:37 AM ET | Delete
Ok I will let you know when they come in, usually early Sept.
August 7, 2010 8:47 AM ET | Delete
Right on man my brother will be pumped! I wish I could go ...
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