Darryl Sutter was busy today at the trade deadline making three moves in what he hopes will push the Flames into a playoff spot and perhaps deep into the playoffs.
The first trade was a surprise and it wasn’t at the same time. Dealing backup goaltender Curtis Mcelhinney to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for veteran backup goaltender Vesa Toskala. This move will do two things for the Flames. Number one it gives the Flames an NHL caliber backup who the team won’t always look over their shoulder and wonder if he can get the job done. The second thing this move accomplishes is that the door is now open for Leyland Irving to step in and be the backup goaltender for Calgary next year.
The second deal was the Flames sending Dustin Boyd to the Nashville Predators in exchange for a 4th round pick. Dustin never was able to break out of the 4th line in Calgary and with the emergence of Mikael Backlund it was clear his days were numbered.
Finally the Flames made a trade with the Edmonton Oilers. (Yes the world may be ending) The Flames shipped off Aaron Johnson and a 3rd round pick in 2010 or 2011 in exchange for veteran defenceman Steve Staios. As first I really did wonder about this move but the Flames do add a quality defensive defenceman in Staios, which leads to believe that there were not going to be able to resign Johnson long term. Staios also brings leadership to the Flames locker room and you can never have too much of it.
In the grand scheme of things this does make the Flames a better team than they were 24 hours ago. If they improved enough is still a question that will be answered over the next 20 games.
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Written by Shane Hoopfer
Die hard Flames fan since 1980, and a closet baseball junkie. Also a big Dolphins, and Stampeders fan!