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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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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 62 41 16 5 171 135 87
2 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
3 NYR 61 38 17 6 192 152 82
4 TBL 63 38 19 6 207 167 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
7 WSH 63 33 20 10 184 159 76
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 62 27 22 13 150 175 67
10 PHI 63 27 25 11 168 183 65
11 OTT 59 26 23 10 167 161 62
12 NJD 63 26 27 10 141 164 62
13 CBJ 61 26 31 4 157 191 56
14 CAR 61 24 30 7 142 162 55
15 TOR 62 25 32 5 170 189 55
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Faulk 61 12 28 -16 40
E. Staal 56 18 19 -10 37
E. Lindholm 60 11 16 -16 27
J. Skinner 56 16 10 -16 26
R. Nash 58 7 15 -9 22
N. Gerbe 57 7 15 -11 22
V. Rask 59 8 12 -16 20
J. McClement 61 6 12 3 18
J. Staal 25 4 12 -2 16
A. Nestrasil 33 4 10 4 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 17 19 4 .913 2.37
A. Khudobin 7 11 3 .906 2.60