Other than forward & defence, Brian Burke says Flames are just fine

Calgary Flames president of hockey operations Brian Burke chats with the media regarding the trade...

Calgary Flames president of hockey operations Brian Burke chats with the media regarding the trade deadline at Saddledome on Tuesday afternoon. (AL CHAREST/QMI Agency)

Eric Francis, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:25 AM ET

CALGARY - Brian Burke didn't mince words when asked what he's looking to add before Wednesday's trade deadline.

"I think we could use upgrades on forward and defence," said the Calgary Flames' acting GM Tuesday, resisting the urge to chuckle at both his sweeping commentary and how daunting the task of this rebuild is.

"Other than that, I think we're fine."

Burke hopes to put his first major stamp on the team by 1 p.m. Wednesday despite the fact he has very few tradable assets in his arsenal.

However, while outlining his plan to get bigger, faster, younger and more skilled (did we leave anything out?) he also unveiled a major weapon he hopes to use to his advantage: cap space.

"We can be a banker and take contracts at the deadline people don't want," Burke said.

"We can retain salary to move players other teams don't want, absolutely. It's absolutely within the realm of possibility. We've made that clear to teams."


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