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Flames trade Reto Berra, Lee Stempniak for draft picks

Reto Berra was traded by the Calgary Flames to the Colorado Avalanche. (JIM WELLS/QMI Agency)

Reto Berra was traded by the Calgary Flames to the Colorado Avalanche. (JIM WELLS/QMI Agency)

WES GILBERTSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:09 PM ET

CALGARY - It was no secret the Calgary Flames intended to be sellers at Wednesday's NHL trade deadline.

As it turns out, sales were slow.

Wednesday's deadline passed with just two swaps for the Flames — netminder Reto Berra to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for a second-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft and right-winger Lee Stempniak to the Pittsburgh Penguins for a third-rounder this summer.

Both deals were made official more than an hour — more than two hours for the Stempniak swap — after the clock stopped on the trade countdown at 1 p.m. MT.

“We spent a lot of time on other possible transactions and were not able to bring anything to fruition,” said Brian Burke, the Flames' president of hockey operations and acting GM.

The only other announcements Wednesday from the Saddledome were the summons of forwards Corban Knight, Ben Hanowksi and Max Reinhart and goalie Joey MacDonald from the American Hockey League's Abbotsford Heat and the demotion of defenceman Derek Smith to the farm club.

The bigger surprise Wednesday might have been who isn't on the move.


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