Calgary general manager Jay Feaster said during an interview between periods of the Flames – Phoenix Coyotes game Thursday night with SportsNet’s Roger Millions that if his club is not showing they’re a serious playoff team before Monday’s trade deadline, the Flames will become sellers.
The Flames aren’t playing inspired hockey at the moment — having lost two in a row to the seventh place Phoenix Coyotes Friday night and the lowly Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday — and Feaster said he could be really busy if the team doesn’t show more urgency in their game against the Philadelphia Flyers Saturday night.
If we don’t show a whole lot more urgency heading into Monday, you (media) guys will be busy as it relates to the goings on in Calgary.
But don’t look for the Flames to deal captain Jarome Iginla or goalie Miikka Kiprusoff, according to Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail. The club’s ownership “don’t have the stomach to do that.”
Maki suggests that more realistic options are defensemen Cory Sarich and Scott Hannan, and pending unrestricted free agent forward Olli Jokinen — although on the February 18th edition of CBC’s Satellite Hotstove, Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun said that while the Flames haven’t had any contract talks with Jokinen, he wasn’t going anywhere.
Feaster said that he’s already made his big move by trading for Montreal Canadiesn’ Michael Cammalleri, so he will only look to tinker with his roster should the Flames play better. That means no Rick Nash, as Francis points out. Besides, with the returns of first line winger Curtis Glencross and defenseman Derek Smith to action this week, the Flames should be much improved going forward.
The Flames GM said he could be looking to add a rental player — a top-nine forward and/or defenseman — to help out his club make a stronger push for a playoff spot.
George Johnson of the Calgary Herald suggested back on February 13 that the Flames could use a play-making center.