Stickin' together

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:01 AM ET

Leaning back in his stall, still wearing his pads and skates, Miikka Kiprusoff laughed to himself.

Watching the media throng work the dressing room for a nugget regarding today's NHL trade deadline, the Calgary Flames netminder was able to find humour.

"Poor media," he said. "No trades to talk about."

Not yet.

And, if you believe Darryl Sutter, quite possibly not today either.

When the clock strikes 1 p.m., the chance to change rosters is over.

Which means hours of agonizing for players, right?

Hours wondering whether they'll soon have a new address, new teammates, new dreams?

Obviously, Kiprusoff's not in that boat, so he's happy to sit back and watch the world go by.

"I don't worry about that. It's not for me to worry about," he said.

According to Sutter, all the Flames can rest easy.

The team's GM/head coach said Tuesday he doesn't foresee making any moves.

Which could mean anything, since nobody expects a GM to show his cards in the days leading up to deadline.

After all, with so much smoke about the Flames acquiring a front-line forward, it's hard to believe there is no fire.

Then again, if the asking price is too high, one can understand Sutter not making a change with his first-place team.

Although they'd like the status quo, the players aren't betting the farm on it.

"You know if something great came up, it's the business," said defenceman Andrew Ference.

"But we also share in the belief we do have what it takes in this locker-room and there's no great piece of the puzzle out there we're missing.

"We've come this far this year and built a solid base with the guys in the room, so I don't think anybody in here is gonna be sad if nothing gets changed.

"It's a positive feeling with the pieces we've got.

"Just because it's trade deadline, everybody expects people to make a move but I don't think everybody steps back and thinks things are not too bad the way they are."

A move, especially if it's a big-ticket player, can add energy to a team, especially when a club believes it's already a Stanley Cup contender.

However, Ference points out, any move can impact the chemistry.

"You can't just take people out of your room and throw in new people without a couple of coughs or bumps in the road.

"You're breaking up the room and chemistry and guys on and off the ice," he said.

"It's not as easy as some people think.

"A team is not something you throw together and hope for the best. It has to be meticulously planned, guys with the right attitude and the character you want and how they work together."


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