Guess who's back?
Earlier on Thursday January 12, 2012
“Did you hear what Cammy said about the Habs last night? Maybe we could get him back at the deadline. We would be able to afford him with all of the salaries coming off the books next year. Worth a call from Feaster at least, because we have a tough time getting good UFA's to come to Calgary unless we overpay.”Newman:
“Well it’s a good point. I would love to have him back. Imagine him, Tangs and Iggy? Or even as the no. 2 winger. He was awesome here and definitely the one guy that got away in the last 10 years that I wish we never had let get away. I just wonder what we would need to trade for him. Most likely they would want a budding d prospect (total guess)...like a Brodie..who I’m not willing to let go. But maybe like a Bourque going the other way with a pick or something? I'm not sure. But it would be an ideal buy low candidate.”
This was my conversation with my friend Matt at around noon on Thursday, no word of lie.
Apparently Jay Feaster was thinking the same thing.
I am ecstatic. Elated. Bowled over. Flabbergasted. Shocked.
It’s a trade that I clearly saw coming...(read above)...but never actually thought would happen...HOLY F!
Also Read: George Prax's take on the trade.
Mike Cammalleri was the one player that I always knew got away from the Flames.He worked in Calgary. That was plainly clear, and he was loved in his short time here.
In 81 games with the Flames in 2008-09, Cammy scored 39 goals added 43 assists for 82 points. It was his best season, points wise in the NHL. He also led the Flames in goals that year...besides Iggy, no one else can hold that distinction very often for the Flames.
The trade itself, seeing Rene Bourque, Patrick Holland, and a second rounder go the other way for Cammy, goaltender Karri Ramo, and a fifth rounder is what it all breaks down to.
Bourque is a lazy hockey player and to tell you the truth, if the Flames are getting Cammy to replace him, I am totally fine with it. Bourque is more hot and cold than Katy Perry.
Cammalleri always clicked with Iginla and I always chastised Sutter for not signing him, and trading for Jokinen, in 2009. It pissed me off. And now that Feaster has rectified the problem, I feel ok.
Iggy, Tanguay, Cammalleri, Jokinen, Stempniak, Glencross...
That makes me pretty happy.
Now, the move leaves the Flames with ZERO cap space to work with, which leads me to believe that another move is on its way.
A move that will involve Cory Sarich and his $3.6 million cap hit. He is ideally suite to be dealt to a contender in need of an experienced, trustworthy rearguard. There is no one other player perfectly selected to be sent packing. And who knows, he might get another Cup out of it.
As for the Flames, they, being Jay Feaster, made a good move today. I love this trade. Like love love this trade.
Cammy was always great here and loves playing with Jarome. As I’ve stated before, Bourque is lazy and more on and off than a light switch. Losing Holland could be the sticking point in the long run, but this is Jay Feaster stating that the Flames WILL NOT be like the Oilers and I like that.
The Flames will not finish last umpteen times in a row. They will be competitive with the rest of the league during their down years. Yes, they might not win the cup, but god damn will they be in the mix and make or break the hearts of fans every single season.
It’s damn emotional, but I’m along for the ride and I LOVE the move that Feaster just made.
It gets me REALLY excited about the Flames, which is something I haven’t been in a very long time...
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