With all the speculation and no solid evidence as to who/where/when/if players will be moved, it’s safe to say that the only constant in the next week will be that all changes (if any) will probably take place by the trade deadline of March 5th, 2014.
The big name being thrown around in this year’s rumour trade is Mike Cammalleri. Yes, he could possibly be the biggest return for the Flames this season. It has been speculated that there’s a lot of interest generated around the league for this natural goal-scoring vet. Or maybe he will reconsider resigning and remain a part of the Flames franchise for a while longer. Right now, it is all speculation by those who are hopeful for the team.
Cammy is an unrestricted free agent after this season, so it stands to reason that his name would be first on the list of rumoured trades. Cammalleri is a powerful forward who can earn points, skate hard and fast, and set up plays. And with his years of experience at the NHL level, he would be an asset to any team who may pursue him.
Lee Stempniak is another unrestricted free agent this year which could bring in draft picks or put some depth on the Flames roster. He’s a smart offensive player and a goal scorer. Most times, Stempniak is dependable, but, once in a while, he seems to go through minor slumps. The slumps usually don’t last long, and, once he’s back, Stempniak seems to take full advantage of his opportunities.
One of the restricted free agents at the end of the season is Lance Bouma. In all honesty, I can’t see Bouma going anywhere, and I fully expect him to resign in Calgary. He brings a subtle grit and plenty of scoring chances, especially when the team seems to need a boost. I believe he’s an integral part of the Flames rebuild.
Paul Byron is another restricted free agent this year and, I think, he’s another player who should remain in Calgary as part of the rebuild. He’s a smart player who creates scoring chances no matter which line he’s on.
No matter what happens, and whether or not these players get traded, one thing is for sure – the Flames are still rebuilding.
*information about contracts taken from capgeek.com