Sunday, January 23, 2011

A Flames & Devils Blockbuster?

RUMOUR2011 Season2011Remaining
To New Jersey
PositionAgeGPGAPCap HitYearsCap Hit
Jay BouwmeesterDefense274941216$6.7 million4Same
Rene BourqueForward2947151328$3.3 million5Same
Mikael BacklundForward21415611$1.3 million1Same
1st Round Draft Pick
3rd Round Draft Pick
To Calgary
PositionAgeGPGAPCap HitYearsCap Hit
Zach PariseForward2612336$3.1 million0RFA
Brian RolstonForward373151015$5.1 million1Same
Bryce SalvadorDefense350000$2.9 million1Same
Mattias TedenbyForward20265611$875,0002Same
Vladimir ZharkovForward2310112$850,0000RFA

Well, our good friend, Eklund, has given us a real doozy to ponder over... and for the most part, laugh at considerably.  I mean, this is a blockbuster by all standards of trades, but the names and dollar figures going either way just make this rumour into a beautiful mess of impossibility, in my opinion.

For one, I can't see the Devils ever moving Zach Parise without some sort of falling out or contract dispute.  Secondly, all of the players heading to Calgary in this deal have been problematic or injured for the better part of the 2011 season, none of which, in my opinion, would be tempting for any NHL team, including a fumbling team like the Flames.  Next, the Flames have made mention of the word "rebuilding," so trading top end draft picks is somewhat counterproductive to that cause, despite getting a franchise player like Parise.  Even if the Flames were to get a player like Parise, I can't imagine what kind of deal he would be seeking in the Summer, so that would only further handcuff the Flames and their salary cap dealings.

No, this deal, as exciting as it may be, does not seem at all reasonable.  I'm sure there are plenty of other reasons I have yet to even make mention of yet, but I think the ones that were mentioned were more than good enough.

1 comment:

  1. That deal is ridiculous. Makes no sense whatsoever lol.