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I’m baaaaaaaack!!!!

After spending a week talking about whether Man U could really win the premiership this year or whether the England victory over Australia will really shake the foundation of the rugby world, I am back in North America to talk about the sport we all know and love: ice hockey (or at least that’s what everyone kept calling it over in jolly old England).

Every time I mentioned hockey some guy would say, “Oh yeah, I just came from the pitch from a great hockey game.” And I would respond, “Field hockey?” and he would say, “Yeah, what in the bloody hell are you talking about?”

Well, it’s time to talk some ice hockey. I’m tired of waiting in this damn queue.

The Trade

Ian White and Brett “I’m a Patrick Kane Wannabe” Sutter were dealt for Anton Babchuk and Tom Kostopoulos. The trade was made for these reasons according to the Flames.

1. Once the Flames committed their money to Giordano a couple of weeks ago, it meant there was little to no room for White under the salary cap, if they planned on resigning him after this season.

2. Sutter needed a fresh start as he wasn’t really cracking the big squad and his father thought it best if he spread his wings elsewhere. Where better than with his cousin in Carolina?

3. This move frees up a little bit of room for the team this year. Babchuk/Kosto brings back roughly $2.3 million in salary while White/Sutter were taking up $3.5 million when Sutter was in the NHL.

Do I like the deal? Well I do and I don’t.

The writing was on the wall for White once Gio was signed and his play thus far this year hasn’t been all that inspiring: 2G, 4A, -10. In return the Flames get Babchuk (3G, 5A, -4). He brings in a CANON of a shot and a lot of size. This is a guy who could really help the powerplay and be that threat from the point that the team has lacked since Dion departed. Funny how Calgary traded Dion for White, then trade White for the next version of Dion. Well maybe that’s a little bullish in saying that “Babs” is the next Dion but he will definitely get a chance to fill that void left vacant on the powerplay.

In the other part the of the deal the Flames dealt the disgruntled son of Darryl Sutter, Brett Sutter, 23, for a journeyman forward in Tom Kostopoulos, 31. This part of the deal bothers me. The Flames get rid of yet another young guy prospect before he has been given a chance to blossom and in return get a ‘run-of-the-mill’ 3rd line plug. Don’t you have enough of these already Sutter?

Now, understandably, it could be debated whether Brett Sutter was ever going to get a fair shot in this city with his dad running the team and his uncle coaching it, but it’s the principle of the whole deal that makes me mad.

Why do it? For the benefit of your son? And if this is the case, then is Darryl Sutter hurting the Flames as a result? He has stated numerous times that his personal feelings have never got in the way of his dealings with the club yet I find it hard to believe that sending his son to play with his nephew wasn’t sort of, a mini plan from the outset.

So what does this mean in the grand scheme of things for this ever worsening team?

Well, not much to tell you truth. This doesn’t really shake the foundation of anything. It rids the Flames of a marketable asset in White a little too early, and it trades one prospect for a grinder that won’t really have a big enough impact on the team to make a difference.

The team has lost seven of eight games. It sits 14th in the conference, nine points back of division leading Vancouver and seven points back of the eighth spot in the West. Not the stats the team was hoping for approaching the quarter mark of the season.

This is a fragile hockey team as was evident in last night’s game when the Coyotes tallied their first goal the Flames wilted like a flower in a snow storm.

And if the Flames weren’t in enough pain, here comes the Chicago Blackhawks to celebrate the one year anniversary of the 7-1 thrashing they handed the Flames last November 19th.

Should be fun...for Hawks fans.

November 18, 2010 1:41 PM ET | Delete
Yeah as they say in Thailand, "same same but different".
November 18, 2010 2:21 PM ET | Delete
White could of got us more at trade deadline. No youth no future in this deal, just changing Darryls filthy underwear with old underwear, maybe not as crusty.
November 18, 2010 2:46 PM ET | Delete
oh man..... I guess see what Babchuk does.... not sure what another soldier (Kostopolous) in our army of grinders is going to do.... again no draft pick.... I have been defending Sutter for the last year and I think I'm done..... I vote Sane Op as next GM
November 18, 2010 2:47 PM ET | Delete
I don't follow a lot of Flames hockey anymore but the one thing I will say is being a Montreal fan I've seen a lot of Tom Kostopoulos. He's a solid 3rd/4th line guy who never phones in a shift and has decent hands. I was actually sad to see him go. He'll be a positive force on the Flames, but giving up yet another young prospect to get him seems like a bad move. Flames are starting to look like the leafs, mortgage the future to maintain a mediocre team.
November 18, 2010 2:47 PM ET | Delete
Newman will be coach.... put me in..... the 4th line centre.... I swear.... I can score on an empty net.....
November 18, 2010 3:04 PM ET | Delete
well on the somewhat bright side we have a chance at getting Sean Couturier hes awesome he was in my gym class 3 years ago
November 18, 2010 3:10 PM ET | Delete
Matt16- I'm sorry but the Oilers/Islanders are going to give you one hell of a battle for Couturier. You guys won't finish that low with Kipper in net IMO
November 18, 2010 3:17 PM ET | Delete
Does anyone else find it extremely annoying that teams can purposely reduce their roster to youths and no good veterans just to rake in a bunch of top 3 overall picks ala the Oilers? Ridiculous.
November 18, 2010 3:19 PM ET | Delete
And yes that was a joke... well Kind of. I don't like the cycle we've been seeing of consistently losing and raking up tops picks (Pitts, Washington, Chicago...) and then lighting the league up for 4-5 seasons before the big contracts come. One reason I'll be a quiet Detroit fan
November 18, 2010 5:54 PM ET | Delete
Did you really say "is Darryl Sutter hurting the Flames?" Come on man, his deals over the last year have been solid and well thought out!
November 18, 2010 6:42 PM ET | Delete
You guys talk as if Sutter was ever really considered an NHL prospect. Change the last name, and he's a cereer AHL'er. Good grief, does nobody understand that the hottest commodity for the Flames right now is Cap space? And that guy who thinks we could have got picks in this deal? You're crazy. In the new Cap era, picks are worth more than players. it's silly, I know, but good established players cost way too much $ against the cap. just ask the Hawks.
November 18, 2010 11:51 PM ET | Delete
Re: Rhino: Are you insane? Is he hurting the Flames? You think the Phaneuf/jokinen deals were good?. What about getting Staios and his contract? Trading Boyd for nothing, getting jokinen back, shall i go on? You clearly have ZERO idea what you are talking abuot if you believe Sutter still knows what he is doing. He has lost control and is on the verge of trading away our franchise player for a bag of pucks
November 18, 2010 11:53 PM ET | Delete
and "well thoughts out." Is that why he contacted no other teams but the Leafs when he dealt Dion. That seems really WELL thought out to me. He neeeds to go. He wont and that's a serious problem
November 19, 2010 1:18 PM ET | Delete
I suspect Rhino was being sarcastic. Or, at least, I hope so. *laughs*
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