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Take it Easy, Calgary

Wednesday, 03.04.2009 / 1:08 PM / Tracking the Storm
By Paul Branecky
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Take it Easy, Calgary
It appears that the Calgary Flames fancy themselves as a serious Cup contender, as they’ve made the biggest noise so far with two trades, most recently acquiring Olli Jokinen from Phoenix in exchange for Matthew Lombardi, Brandon Prust and a first-round pick.

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I wonder if Calgary is aware of Jokinen’s career stats against the Hurricanes heading into Friday night’s game at the RBC Center? Although the former Florida Panther is scoreless in two games against the Canes this season, he put up 52 points in 50 career games against Carolina prior to that. Caniacs will certainly appreciate the timing of that move.

Things are starting to heat up a bit around the league, as moves are trickling in a little bit faster now, and likely will continue to do so as we approach the 3 p.m. cutoff. 

Buffalo did end up adding a goaltender, Phoenix back-up Mikael Tellqvist, in exchange for a fourth-rounder in 2010. Patrick Lalime will probably still be their guy while Ryan Miller is out, but Tellqvist gives them an experienced fall-back option that they didn’t have this morning.

In other goaltending news, former Cane Martin Gerber moved across Ontario to Toronto, as the Leafs grabbed him from Ottawa on waivers.

Q: Any thoughts of trading an offensive defenseman (Corvo, Pitkanen, Kaberle) knowing that Bryan Rodney is in Albany, and Kaberle is on the Healthy scratch list?  I would think one of those players would have some value to playoff bound teams that have trouble scoring.  Perhaps we could find a large defensive defenseman to shore up the back end?  Are there any of those types of defensemen rumored to be available? - Paul K

Q: Given the fact the Canes were hurting on D last year, then found themselves with a ton of D-men, and yet still struggle there this year - any insights as to what may happen? - John in Winterville

A: A lot of questions about the defensive end so far. As opposed to adding a defenseman, I think the more likely scenario (although I’m still not sure I see it happening) is actually shipping one out. 

The Canes wouldn’t mind parting with Kaberle – he’s been on waivers twice, so that’s no secret – but his contract doesn’t make him an attractive asset for other teams. He’s still got one year left after this one, but it does become more likely that a team will swoop in for him as time goes on, since they would be on the hook for less and less of his remaining deal.

Of all the defensemen on the Canes’ roster, Dennis Seidenberg may actually be of most interest around the league since his contract is up at the end of this year. A contending team needing depth could add him at a reasonable price with no commitment to next year, although the Canes may not want to risk losing depth of their own at an important time of the season.

As far as a bigger move involving a Corvo and Pitkanen, even if the Canes wanted to do that, there’s no pressure to do so now as both are under contract through next season. The team would probably be better served doing that in the summer, if at all.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 50 31 15 4 163 132 66
2 MTL 47 31 13 3 127 108 65
3 NYI 48 32 15 1 157 135 65
4 DET 49 28 12 9 145 128 65
5 PIT 48 27 13 8 143 124 62
6 WSH 48 25 14 9 144 124 59
7 BOS 49 26 16 7 131 123 59
8 NYR 46 27 15 4 135 111 58
9 FLA 46 21 15 10 114 129 52
10 PHI 50 21 22 7 139 151 49
11 TOR 50 22 24 4 144 155 48
12 OTT 47 19 19 9 129 134 47
13 CBJ 47 21 23 3 119 148 45
14 NJD 48 18 22 8 109 135 44
15 CAR 47 17 25 5 102 122 39
16 BUF 49 14 32 3 92 174 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 42 16 14 -6 30
J. Faulk 47 9 19 -13 28
E. Lindholm 47 9 11 -11 20
J. Tlusty 40 12 7 -11 19
J. Skinner 42 10 9 -7 19
R. Nash 47 7 12 -4 19
N. Gerbe 43 5 13 -3 18
V. Rask 47 6 9 -10 15
A. Sekera 45 1 14 -6 15
C. Terry 34 6 3 -3 9
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Khudobin 6 8 2 .918 2.30
C. Ward 11 17 3 .911 2.45