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Have the Flames become a better team through trades?
Tue, February 2, 2010

RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency

Less than an hour after playing in the Calgary Flames 3-0 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers Monday night, Olli Jokinen and Brandon Prust were bound for Broadway, dealt to the New York Rangers in exchange for Chris Higgins and Ales Kotalik.

It’s the second swap in as many days for the Flames, who have just one victory in 11 outings and have fallen to ninth in the Western Confernce standings.

On Sunday, Dion Phaneuf, Fredrik Sjostrom and defenceman prospect Keith Aulie were dealt to the Toronto Maple Leafs for forwards Matt Stajan, Niklas Hagman and Jamal Mayers, as well as defenceman Ian White.

Did the Flames become a better team with their recent trades? Have your say in our forum

Jokinen deal a reality



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Yes the Flames are a better team than they were a couple of days ago.I fully support the Sutters in what they are doing, they know a lot more about the NHL and players in it than any fan could possibly understand and that includes the media, some of these stupid ill informed comments from the so called fans reminds me of Toronto fans, the graveyard for Hockey players.
Ed, 2010-02-02 12:06:07

After watching the game with no Dion amd all these new players I sure don't see the value of Sutter's desicions they were every bit as bad, and Iginla needs to stepup big time
LLOYD, 2010-02-02 12:05:18

You could say time will tell if these moves have helped the Flames, but time is short. More importantly is Jerome Iginla ready to step forward and truly become the leader of this team. It's always a case of looking for someone to play with him and thats been nothing but a revolving door. Like other great players past and present its time for Iginla to take the resopnsibility the "C" brings and leading by example, take this team to the next level.
Dave, 2010-02-02 11:08:19

Laff acquisitions can only turn a 3rd class team into a 2nd class team. Burke gave maximum ice time this season to Stajan and White (and Blake), players who because of their small size and lack of toughness didn't fit into the Laffs' plans. White and Stajan got more points this year than they ever will anywhere else because they will never get the same amount of ice time. I like the quiet unassuming Matt Stajan and wish he could land quietly in a spot where he could get paid to be a 3rd string centre for the rest of what wil be a good average NHL career.

Never could figure out why Jamal (I'm good in the dressing room) Mayers was acquired in the first place. He does drop the mitts but as a welterweight he sort of coasts through a fight never connecting with a knockout punch.

Hagmann is a top six hockey player who Burke really didn't want to part with.

Sure Calgary is better off if the chemistry w/o Phaneuf improves and Hagmann starts to score in his streaky fashion. But this group will not be the difference in turning the Flames ship around.
Ron, 2010-02-02 11:00:20

The first trade with the leafs actually made them a better team for today. Unfortunately it won't look so good in a few years. The fact is Sutter mismanaged one of our assets and sold at the low point.

The second trade with the Rangers is too bad for words and Sutter has questions to answer for. Why take on Kotalik's 9 million dollar salary? Why give up our hardest working player? Most importantly, why fire employees through the media and ask them to work one more day? Looks bad on the organization both from a hockey point of view and a people point of view.

Tough times to be a Flames fan.
Chris, 2010-02-02 10:58:05

Leaf trade was tolerable...that Ranger trade is just plain brutal...couple of benchwarmers
bing, 2010-02-02 10:56:26

The answer to this question can be answered by reading the recap of last night's 3-0 loss to the Flyers. Stajan, Hagman, White and Mayers looked exactly the same as they did half the games they played in Toronto. INVISIBLE. Sorry Calgary, but you better hope Kotalik will make an impact
Toronto genius, 2010-02-02 10:42:20

before they become a beter team they need to get away from the sutter style of hcokey. the sutter style of rough, big and menacing is outdated, speed, finess and tough are the combination of a good team and this trade has gotten rid of the slugs and replaced it with more slugs with the exception of white. the players are showing by their play that they are not happy with the system and the neanderthals, sutters can't see it. they should make trades for their offspring to perpetuate this mind set. It is obvious that what they have mentaly is not cureable..go back to farming
gord, 2010-02-02 10:24:52

Although I am very happy to see Phaneuf gone, and Jokinen gone, there still remains a glaring issue. Adam Pardy is THE KING of getting beat wide, and giving the puck away in the defensive zone. If he's still there, and playing regularly, it'll be the same old same old for the Flames. I am hoping the new Flames wont take long in getting their feet wet, and putting a few much needed pucks into the nets. Time will tell.
Rob, 2010-02-02 09:15:50

It's tough to say if the Flames are better or not. On paper, probably. I remember though when Calgary originally got Jokinen, it was supposed to be the move to put them over the top. He wouldn't have the pressure of being captain, so he could flourish even without proven playoff success. Seems he went the opposite way and decided to suck in the regular season too.

As a side note, I've never understood the thinking of Jerome Iginla as a "world class leader". He seems to me to be just an average player most of the time, but when he actually has a decent game, he's suddenly one of the best players on the planet. With all the talent the Flames have had, you would think a "world class captain" could lead them somehwere. Most seasons, they're on the bubble for making the playoffs.
Brian, 2010-02-02 09:05:27

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