The Flames made a couple of transactions on the draft weekend that tell me that Sutter is beginning to retool the squad. First of all they traded Alex Tanguay along with their 5th rounder to the Montreal Canadians for first round pick this year and the 2nd next year.
Minutes later, they acquired LA Kings forward Michael Cammalleri and a 2nd rounder in the Conroy acquisition. In exchange, the Kings get the 17th pick and a 2nd from next year.
Now what Sutter pulled off in those picks is to make sure they don’t lose any picks in the first or 2nd rounds. He niftily got the 2nd rounder from this year back, and covered the 2nd rounder the Kings get next season by grabbing the Canadian's 2nd rounder for next season.
Now the financial aspect shows the real savvy of Sutter, which in essence gives the Flames an extra $2 million in cap room, giving the club the ability to go after a top 6 forward and a defensemen through trade or UFA signing.
That leads us to the fun part: Who are the Flames going after next? Are they going after a center or a winger? I like the idea of the them keeping Lombardi as the 2nd line center with Cammalleri (who can play all the forward positions) and moving Boyd to wing or Moss on the other wing. I would love the speed on that line. The first line would be Langkow and Iggy and the new UFA - I would like Andrew Brunette - on the left side.
It is always fun to try to figure out coaches next move -- which is impossible for us mere mortals to do, but hey; what else are we going to do in the off season? Yes, I like the savvy and logical thinking that Sutter did on the weekend. Getting the Flames extra cap space, and softening the blow of losing Tangs. My final grade for Sutter is A on the trades he did over the weekend. Like he cares on what I think.
I would like to comment on the classy Tanguay, who never went to the media and never complained about being here in Calgary. He was nothing but the most classy guy in a Flames jersey. He was nothing but a pure professional here in his stay in Calgary. I wish nothing but the best for Alex in future endeavors as a Hab.