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Aucoin to Flames?

RANDY SPORTAK -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 12:28 PM ET

COLUMBUS -- The Calgary Flames are looking to Adrian Aucoin to plug one of their big blueline holes, according to sources.

TSN reports Aucoin has agreed to waive his contract's no-trade clause to allow the Flames to deal for the 33-year-old defenceman.

With both Brad Stuart and Roman Hamrlik likely on the way out the door as unrestricted free agents, the Flames are closing in on a deal with the Chicago Blackhawks for the d-man, with a mid-round pick going the other way, according to sources.

Flames GM Darryl Sutter wasn't available yesterday and 'Hawks GM Dale Tallon denied the possible deal.

"It's a rumour," Tallon said yesterday afternoon in Columbus. "There's no fact to it."

Calgary has a pair of fifth-round selections and a couple of sixth-round choices, to go with its first-round choice, in this year's draft.

Tallon, whose team owns the first overall pick, said he and his staff have been too busy contemplating who they'll choose tonight and dealing with their own pending free agents to investigate a trade for Aucoin.

Dealing for Aucoin does make sense for the Flames, who'll need to bring in one or two defenceman by trade or free agency if they don't keep Stuart -- whose salary expectations have to be going up with the contracts signed already -- and Hamrlik.

Aucoin, will turn 34in a couple of weeks, is signed to two more years at US$4 million per season.

However, he is coming off a pair of poor seasons in the Windy City. The ex-Canadian National Team member skated in only 92 games the past two seasons due to shoulder and groin injuries, with five goals and 17 assists.


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