CALGARY - Eliot Ness, if you believe the 1987 movie starring Kevin Costner, Sean Connery and Robert De Niro, was one of four Untouchables.
With the NHL’s trade deadline looming, the Calgary Flames really shouldn’t have that many players who fall under the same category.
In fact, if somebody’s willing to make a ridiculous over-payment of young talent for the likes of rookie Sean Monahan, captain Mark Giordano or up-and-coming blueliner TJ Brodie, it could be argued the Flames shouldn’t have any untouchables on their roster.
Not if they truly want to fast forward their rebuild.
(Since Monahan and Brodie are prime examples of the young talent the Flames will need to be a Stanley Cup contender down the road, we’re talking a serious over-payment.)
The point is, the Flames will eventually need to do more than just simply unload pending unrestricted free-agents for second- or third-round draft choices or mid-level prospects if they want to inject the kind of young talent needed to climb to the top five of the league standings from their current spot in the bottom five.