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07-01-2008, 09:58 PM
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Flames looking for top six forward?

By all accounts, the Flames and Gm Darryl Sutter are in need of some help in the top six forwards, they will need to add at least one body IMO (probobaly a winger). As it stands the top six looks like this:

Cammalleri-Langkow-Iginla
Boyd/Bourque-Lombardi-???

If Darryl is to add anything, it will be a RW but the problem is that there is no one worthy of picking up via Free Agency. Only names i could come up with are Demitra(plays center also/is injury prone), Miettinen(seen him listed as LW also, would be a stretch for the top six, but as a top nine pickup i would be very pleased), and Nolan(i would like him to sign but as the 3rd line RW with Connie).

I have a feeling Darryl will aquire a winger via trade...I went looking for possible candidates!!

Nikolai Zherdev- has struggled in Columbus but had a good year last year. Had 26 goals, and would certainly replace Juices numbers. Could be one of those players that just needs a change.
Nik Antropov- I remember there being rumors of Antropov to Calgary sometime/somewhere, but cant remember. Anyway, he had a breakout season last year with 26 goals and 30 assists.
Marek Svatos- Interesting player, has had some injury problems, but has shown he can score. Has failed to reach 40 points in the last two years, but had a 32 goal 50 point campaign in 05/06. Could be on the outs in Colorado with the emergence of quality young forwards.
Brian Gionta- This is my DREAM pick. But the Devils may be willing to shop Gionta, and his 4 million dollar salary, to releive some cap space. Only problem is we dont have much for assets to aquire a guy like him. He had a off year last year, but is sure to bounce back. Remember his 48 goals in 05/06.

Let me know what you think.

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zherdev will be very hard to get. as of now hes an integral part of the blue jackets offense

gionta would be nice but the devils lack scoring forwards

the flames dont have enough assets at this point to trade for one of them, imo

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Gionta would be great! It's why I have him in my sim-league

Sutte could learn a lot from me.

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zherdev will be very hard to get. as of now hes an integral part of the blue jackets offense

gionta would be nice but the devils lack scoring forwards

the flames dont have enough assets at this point to trade for one of them, imo
Unfortunately, yes.

And after the 1st day of Free Agency I don't think we have the cap space either to pick up someone worthwhile.

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Zherdev sounds like the next Huselius in regards to physical play.

Svatos won't get traded to a division rival. Antropov I don't really like. Gionta would be SICK if we could afford him.

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I wanted Brunette, Rolston or Tucker at the right deal, but now the only free agent left that I'm interested in realistically speaking is Nolan. Sutter wouldn't touch Zherdev with a 10m pole.

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I wanted Brunette, Rolston or Tucker at the right deal, but now the only free agent left that I'm interested in realistically speaking is Nolan. Sutter wouldn't touch Zherdev with a 10m pole.
zherdev made some pretty big improvments in terms of work ethic under ken hitchcock. plus he has soft hands and good offensive abilities. he'd be an improvement over huselius if calgary somehow managed to land him, imo

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Aucoin for Afinigenov... maybe...

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No comments on that proposal? No one wants to rip it apart or tell me how dumb it is?

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No comments on that proposal? No one wants to rip it apart or tell me how dumb it is?
Why? I'd do it in a second. Frees up a spot on defense (would have to be addressed later, though) and gives Calgary a legitimate 2nd line RW'er.

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Why? I'd do it in a second. Frees up a spot on defense (would have to be addressed later, though) and gives Calgary a legitimate 2nd line RW'er.
Absolutely. Afinogenov would be deadly with his speed with Lombardi and if he could chip in 25 goals that'd be great. I only wonder about his contract and how many years and how much money is on it. I'm sure we could find another 3-4 D man to replace Aucoin.

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Aucoin might actually have some value around the league now. With a cap hit of 4M for only one year, teams like Atlanta and LA might have some interest in him so they can make the cap floor.

Other teams that missed out on the big free agent defencemen like San Jose and Ottawa could be interested as well.

Most likely, the return would only involve picks or prospects, but it would free up some salary for a top-six forward. Better yet, if a deal involving Aucoin could be worked out for a top-six forward.

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Aucoin for Afinigenov... maybe...

I'd do that deal.

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