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02-18-2013, 08:52 PM
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Smokey McCanucks
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The path to success for Calgary has to go through the draft the next two, three years. Baertschi is a blue-chipper and Backstrom is just a little bit lower, but there's not a whole lot more there right now. The guys in the system for the Flames will be up in 2-3 years, but for now you need more picks. Trading guys with big long-term contracts (that means you J-Bo) for picks and prospects, trading guys as rentals who are on expiring contracts, you need to get back picks for this season, it's a deep draft. Take bad contracts in return if they are expiring in the next two seasons, so long as you get picks. Don't sign any veterans to long-term deals this offseason. Clear out the cap and load up on young players with talent, set your sights on 2014-15, if you keep trying to take the middle road here you will just keep shooting yourselves in the foot.

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