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What's the deal?

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:56 AM ET

Darryl Sutter is done tinkering with the Calgary Flames lineup.

Or, so he proclaims.

The Flames GM/head coach made a point of gathering the media after yesterday's morning skate to make his bold announcement with the NHL trade deadline nearing.

"I don't foresee our team doing anything, to be quite honest. I like what we have and that's pretty well it," Sutter said to the gathering.

"We don't need a goaltender and that's what's hot. We don't need a defenceman and that's sorta hot.

"The neat thing is when there's not a story, there's people that try and make stories up."

So, at face value, that would mean the Flames won't add Olli Jokinen before tomorrow's 1 p.m. deadline.

Or Marc Savard, Jeff Friesen, Mark Parrish, Dallas Drake, Sergei Samsonov, Darcy Tucker. Or any other of the players rumoured to be en route to the Stampede City.

If you believe him.

The saying goes something like this: You can tell a GM is lying when his lips are moving.

Yesterday, the media gathered were told Sutter wouldn't be available, with the explanation -- valid explanation -- being he was busy doing his GM duties.

Instead, he spoke and even made a point to ensure one person who arrived late to the scrum had enough.

So the cynical would believe the old cowboy is playing games.

Maybe he's fed-up with the asking price he's being given.

Undoubtedly, it is a seller's market. So many teams believe they're still in a playoff race and are on the hunt for impact roster players. So, coming out with a bold statement now could be a firing shot across the bow as if to say he won't pay more than he wants to right now.

That said, it is possible Sutter won't make a move.

Most of the players believed to be available are either goaltenders -- such as Curtis Joseph, Dwayne Roloson and Mika Noronen -- or defencemen -- Brendan Witt, Bryan McCabe, Eric Weinrich, Derek Morris and Willie Mitchell -- and it's obvious Calgary doesn't need to join that frenzy.

Sutter, who has been adamant in saying his team doesn't need to acquire more scoring, it just needs more key production from the supporting cast, stated the hot stove debates are way off base.

"The names that you guys say are out there, they're not out there and the players that are on the market, I don't think they're as good or dependable this time of the year as the players we have," he said.

"There's a lot of players in the National Hockey League and guys you guys really like and are really popular because you look at the numbers beside them but once March rolls around, historically there's a lot who don't score many goals.

"So you're looking at guys that have to prove they can score big goals. It's not how many, it's big goals. That's what March going forward is about."

However, unlike many seasons past, the Flames are a legitimate Cup contender, which would lead credence to the theory they'll bulk up at the deadline. Meaning Sutter will chase Jokinen and more.

Sutter, however, made a point of praising the job he's received from Daymond Langkow and Mike Leclerc on a line with Jarome Iginla and reiterated no desire to trade the likes of Jordan Leopold, Matthew Lombardi or Chuck Kobasew.

"There's a mandate and a philosophy we have and we're sticking to that philosophy," Sutter said. "We're not going to give up top, young players and not adding older players with salary going forward.

"It's pretty clear. If you ask me why it's so quiet, that's a pretty big reason."


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