Better late than never

STEVE MACFARLANE -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:55 AM ET

The Calgary Flames finally landed Jamie Lundmark.

And this time, it only cost them a fourth-round pick.

Seven years ago, at the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, then-Flames GM Al Coates coveted Lundmark but didn't think he would be available at the No. 9 slot in the draft. Lundmark had been rated as high as No. 2 that year, so the Flames traded for Marc Savard and swapped picks with the New York Rangers to the 11th spot.

Turns out the Rangers were able to land Lundmark with the Flames' old No. 9 pick.

Current Flames GM/head coach Darryl Sutter also tried to snare Lundmark a couple of years ago when he dealt for Chris Simon but the Rangers weren't ready to part with their prospect.

So, nearly seven years after the draft, the former Moose Jaw Warrior is a Flame at last.

"I actually talked to (Sutter) just after the trade and he told me he tried to get me with Chris Simon (in 2004)," said Lundmark over the phone yesterday. "It's good to hear that you're wanted, that they have some confidence in you coming in to a new team.

"I'm very excited to hear that. I'm excited to get started."

Lundmark -- who will cost the Flames a fourth-round draft pick this summer -- has played 41 games with Phoenix this season after starting the year with the Rangers. The 6-ft., 200-lb. Edmonton product has six goals and 13 assists so far this season, all with the Coyotes.

He's hoping to add a touch of offence to a team struggling to put up points -- at least on the scoreboard.

"That's part of my game. I try to score goals and create offence," said Lundmark. "The last little while here, I've been playing pretty good hockey. I've been starting to play the way I think I can play.

"I'm coming in to do whatever I can to contribute. I'm sure I'll talk to Darryl about it ... but I'll contribute in any way I can for the team in the run here."

Sutter is happy he was able to land the promising 25-year-old, even if it's a couple of years later than he hoped.

"It was a player that we wanted, that we feel has upside that we can work with," said Sutter, whose only other move on deadline day was sending forward Jason Wiemer to New Jersey -- where he may get a chance to play more frequently on the fourth line -- for a fourth-round pick.


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