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Take it Easy, Calgary

Wednesday, 03.4.2009 / 1:08 PM ET / 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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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Skinner 82 28 23 -2 51
V. Rask 80 21 27 -6 48
J. Staal 82 20 28 6 48
E. Lindholm 82 11 28 -23 39
J. Faulk 64 16 21 -22 37
J. Nordstrom 71 10 14 1 24
A. Nestrasil 55 9 14 4 23
R. Nash 64 9 13 -5 22
N. Hanifin 79 4 18 -14 22
J. Slavin 63 2 18 1 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 23 17 10 .909 2.41
E. Lack 12 14 6 .901 2.81