Calgary Flames Daily: Game day, new acquisitions

OTTAWA, ON - FEBRUARY 15: Ottawa Senators Center Nick Shore (23) skates during warm-up before National Hockey League action between the Buffalo Sabres and Ottawa Senators on February 15, 2018, at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, ON, Canada. (Photo by Richard A. Whittaker/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
OTTAWA, ON - FEBRUARY 15: Ottawa Senators Center Nick Shore (23) skates during warm-up before National Hockey League action between the Buffalo Sabres and Ottawa Senators on February 15, 2018, at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, ON, Canada. (Photo by Richard A. Whittaker/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /
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The Calgary Flames face the Dallas Stars tonight to try and fight their way back in a playoff spot. They’ll also do that with some new additions to the team.

It’s game day! The Calgary Flames face off against the Dallas Stars tonight where these two teams are somewhat in the same boat. The Stars are in the first wildcard spot with 74 points in 62 games and the Flames are one spot out of the playoffs with 73 points in 63 games. It’s basically neck and neck with six teams in the Western Conference right now.

After yesterday’s trade deadline, the Flames also have some new acquisitions in the lineup. They picked up Chris Stewart off of waivers and they traded a 2019 seventh-round pick to the Ottawa Senators for Nick Shore.

Shore was part of the deal that sent Dion Phaneuf to LA and Marian Gaborik to the Ottawa Senators just weeks ago, so he’s had a busy few weeks. To make room for those two, the Flames also send down Andrew Mangiapane back to Stockton.

Related Story: Flames acquire Nick Shore from Senators

Via Calgary Flames:

"“Kind of crazy, for sure,” admitted the freshly-minted Calgary Flame. “I’ve only been in Ottawa for a number of days, haven’t really had time to settle in or anything like that.“And now I’m on the way out.“So it’s definitely been … like I said, crazy.”"

GM Brad Treliving said that the Flames have been looking at Shore for a while and have been interested in him since his NCAA days.

"“Nick,” critiqued Treliving, “is an interesting guy. He’s a guy we’ve tracked back to his University of Denver days. A big, big part of the Manchester Monarchs winning the Calder Cup a few years back.“One of the things we were looking for was a right-shot centre who could handle a defensive role. We looked at a bunch of different people and this came in at a price we felt would work.[…]“What Nick is is an excellent penalty killer. He’s had offence in his career that hasn’t translated right now to the NHL. I there’s more talent, skill, ability there than are in the numbers, quite frankly.“He’s still a young player in this league. So we think he can come in and help us.“Now, roles and times and all that we leave to the coaching staff.”"

Chris Stewart is a right-shooting RW – exactly what the Calgary Flames have been lacking since the injury to Kris Versteeg. While the Flames got lucky to pick him up off of waivers, fans aren’t quite convinced that Stewart’s the answer.

Stewart talked about what he can bring to the team and it’s exactly what Brian Burke loves – grit.

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Via Calgary Flames:

"“I have no problems sticking up for my teammates. If anything, maybe I stick up for them too much.“But if feeling comfortable out there empowers guys on your team to play free-er, though, then I’ve done part of my job.”“He’s a player we’ve looked at.” Treliving said. “We weren’t the only team to put in a claim. In speaking with Chris today I think we’ve got a really motivated player. He’s on an expiring contract, he wants to continue his career. What we talked to him about is coming in and being the Chris Stewart we see sometimes in the other jersey who wasn’t a whole lot of joy to play against.“Ultimately, performance will dictate the type of opportunity and where you go in the lineup.”"

Now Nick Shore and Matt Stajan are both basically fighting for that fourth-line centre spot. That’s not the only thing they have in common though, with them both being part of a Phaneuf trade.

Some links surrounding the Flames

Flames tinker at deadline, but stay the course with key players (CBC Sports).

Moves not made should excite Flames fans after trade deadline (Sportsnet).

Game Day: Flames at Stars (Calgary Sun).

Grit and Skill (Calgary Flames).

Some links surrounding hockey and the NHL

This Rangers-Lightning blockbuster is a doozie of a trade (FanSided).

Penguins trade top goaltending prospect, Matt Murray immediately gets injured (FanSided).

Which teams hold most draft picks after 2018 NHL trade deadline? (Sportsnet).

Lightning, Jets set themselves apart from the pack with NHL trade deadline deals (National Post).

Next: Flames claim Chris Stewart off waivers

That’s all in today’s Flames Daily!