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Flames acquire Kotalik and Higgins

Posted 02 Feb 2010 — by admin
Category Calgary Flames, Higgins, Jokinen, Kotalik, New York Rangers, Prust, trade

I have to hand it to Darryl Sutter. He has single-handedly created the strangest 2 days in recent Flames history. After trading Dion Phaneuf to Toronto on Sunday morning, he then went to work on Olli Jokinen.

The trade rumour that leaked last night was confirmed after tonight’s game as Flames GM Darryl Sutter announced that they had acquired wingers Ales Kotalik and Christopher Higgins from the NY Rangers in exchange for Olli Jokinen and Brandon Prust.

Jokinen, who thought he would finish his career in Calgary, said, “You play for that sweater, that logo. Until they tell you you’re not part of the team, and they just told me I’m not part of the team.”

“It comes with the salary, you make $5 million, 11 goals isnot going to cut it,” said a visibly shaken Jokinen. “It’s definitely a slap in the face to get traded.”

Prust, who has already been traded from the Flames once before said, “Calgary’s become my home and I’ll always respect the city and the organization”

I have to be honest, my head is spinning and I really don’t know what to make of this situation. The Flames now have too many wingers, so the logical next step is for Sutter to make another trade to even things out. What that will be could be anyone’s guess. I still think Sutter is doing all this to position for a major acquisition, but I’m not sure who he’s going for yet. We might as well start some Iggy-for-Malkin rumours while we’re at it.

Jokinen and Prust for Kotalik and Higgins

Posted 31 Jan 2010 — by admin
Category Calgary Flames, Jokinen, New York Rangers, Prust, rumour, trade

So it looks like I chose the wrong afternoon/evening to go offline. I figured the drama of the day was done after the big Phaneuf trade, but I guess I underestimated Darryl Sutter.

TSN is now reporting that the Flames will announce a trade with the New York Rangers that will send Jokinen and Prust to the Big Apple in exchange for Ales Kotalik and Christopher Higgins.

More details to come soon. This night, apparently.

I’m pretty excited to be going to the game tomorrow night. If this trade happens tonight, I’m not sure if they will be in town soon enough to play, but you can bet th Flames will try to get them here.

Flames Make Biggest Splash on Trade Deadline Day

Posted 04 Mar 2009 — by admin
Category Jokinen, Leopold, Lombardi, Prust, trade

In past years, the Calgary Flames have been relatively quiet on Trade Deadline Day. This year was a different story as the Calgary Flames were front and centre in the media on the last day of trades for the 2008-2009 season. They made trades with the Phoenix Coyotes and the Colorado Avalanche to improve their team for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Phoenix Coyotes v. Los Angeles Kings
While saying goodbye to 2 proven players – Matthew Lombardi and Brandon Prust – the Calgary Flames welcome back former Flames defenceman Jordan Leopold and add some offensive punch with big center Olli Jokinen.
Flames Celebrate another Goal in St. Louis
The Flames gave up Lombardi and Prust plus a 2nd round pick in the 2009 draft, and a 1st round draft pick in either 2009 or 2010. The Flames replaced these draft picks with a 3rd round pick in the 2009 draft as a part of the Jokinen deal.

In response to the question of the loss of draft picks in the 2009 entry draft, Flames General Manager Darryl Sutter said that he looked deep into the Flames farm system to see if this would be a problem. There are currently 9 or 10 players that can be called up to the NHL at any time if necessary, so the impact of no first round pick next year will be minimal.

As soon as the news of the trade was announced in the media, the immediate response was, “How will the Flames fit this into the Salary Cap?”.

In response to this quesion, Sutter replied that the Flames went into today with about $1.5 million in cap space available. With injuries to several key players (Langkow, Bertuzzi, and Giordano), the Flames found themselves with more space to play with. This allowed them to make the move for Jokinen at a time when they could get him for a price they were willing (and able) to pay.

It is no secret that the Flames were looking to trade for Jokinen last summer before he was traded from Florida to Phoenix in June. The Flames have needed another big center for several years to complement their first and 2nd lines. Daymond Langkow has filled that role well, but some of the pressure will be off him with Jokinen in the lineup.

In Leopold, the Flames have found a suitable replacement for Mark Giordano who is out for the season after shoulder surgery. Leopold was a big part of the Flames 2004 Stanley Cup Finals run and will surely help the team down the stretch this season. He he moves the puck incredibly well and is capable of playing with just about anyone.

Jokinen should flourish in the Flames organization as he will not have the pressure of being the “big leader” that he was in Florida and Pheonix. He will get a chance to come into a team that already has solid leadership in Jarome Iginla and Robyn Regehr, and he should be able to prove himself on the ice.

Boogaard Suspended 5 Games for Elbow to the Head

Posted 28 Feb 2009 — by admin
Category Boogard, Flames, Minnesota Wild, Prust, Suspensions

I got back from vacation earlier this week and had a chance to watch the Wild-Flames game on Friday night. It was a great game to watch until just under 2 minutes left in 3rd period when Minnesota goon Derek Boogaard ran Flames winger Brandon Prust into the boards with an ‘elbow to the head’.

It was a late hit, a dangerous hit and one that could have caused a major injury to Prust. The Flames staff commented that he suffered a concussion by the elbow, but this has not been confirmed at this point.

The NHL handed out a 5-game suspension to Boogaard for the incident, but I don’t think it will really change his play. He’s always been a goon and will always be a goon. Boogaard seeks not only to hit players every time he’s on the ice, but also to injure his opponents every time he’s out on the ice.

I think the suspension is a bit soft – I think 10 games would be sufficient for this incident. I don’t think 5 games really shows that the league is serious about deterring head shots.

In case you missed it, here’s the video: