The Flames didn't trade for Ryan Smyth, and by being involved in the talks, may have (who knows) forced the Oilers to have to trade more than a draft pick to get him. Hurray!
Seriously...we don't even care if the team doesn't draft anybody taller than six feet at this draft. They didn't trade for Ryan Smyth. Hallelujah!
One more thing. Ya'll who saw the the Flames draft will know, but the advantages of having a lawyer GM, huh? Feaster comes up to the podium, and without looking down at his notes (you know, which implies he either wrote his remarks himself, or at least knew them well enough to not have to read) starts to thank the the Twin Cities for their hospitality, congratulates the Bruins for winning the Cup (and on that he should have had a bigger grin) and then starts to talk about Harley Hotchkiss, and the tributes that have poured in. Very classy on behalf of Feaster.
And then...the trade of Reggie. We like Reggie, we thought the team would be better with him on it than with him off it. Obviously. But Reggie has a chance to win in Buffalo, we don't think it is a super great one, but it's better odds than he would have here. If it helps us lose games next year, that might not necessarily be a bad thing if the season is a write off anyways...
BUT HOLY SHIT KEN KING MANAGED TO TRADE KOTALIK TOO! IN-FUCKING-SANE!
Seven million dollars in cap space is not too shabby. Too bad their isn't that many people available worth spending it on (Brad Richards! Alex Tanguay!). And this team has a defence to rebuild.
On the players coming back, the centre will never make the NHL. Unless TSN is lying to us, he is listed at 5'9, 144 pounds. we think everyone reading this blog (females excluded, of course) weigh more than that. So yeah, not going gaga over Mr. Byron. The other cat the Flames got in the deal is a defenceman, Butler, who has played in the NHL, interests us. He is big enough, he shoots left (which everyone on the D does except Sarich, which is sort of a problem), and he may throw a body check. Who knows. He can't be worse than whatever else we are going to replace Reggie with in house (spare us the Pardy bullshit. Pardy playing more than 10 minutes a game against real NHL players scares the shit out of us).
So again, happy the team freed up some cap space. Not happy they decimated the blueline to do it. Not going to be happy if they now end up giving a huge deal to Tanguay, especially if the difference between Tanguay and Richards (even if he isn't coming here) cap hit ends up being only a few one or two million dollars. For example, if Tanguay goes for four million and Richards six, we will feel slightly queasy.
Interested in seeing what the team does with the new found flexibility. Hoping they don't go out and sign a contract they will regret in two years. AND NO MORE NMC!
Kotaliksballs is fucking gone! Stajan next!
We won't miss you at all, Ales.
Furthermore, I think Peter Loubardias should be fired.