Buyer or seller?
Seller with a capital S. The Flames may not be as active as last year, but only because they don’t have assets the likes of Jarome Iginla and Jay Bouwmeester to dump into the trade market. That said, they are still in the early stages of a rebuild in the new Brian Burke era, where acquiring size and truculence will be the twin focal points of their trading-deadline strategy. In the meantime, the ‘for sale’ sign is up.
Organizational depth. Apart from defenceman Mark Giordano, the Flames have no established front-line NHL talent, although rookie Sean Monahan and possibly improving Mikael Backlund could evolve into those types of players in time. Calgary is currently NHL journeyman personified, and until their youth starts to develop, they will hover near the bottom of the standings.
On the block
C/LW Michael Cammalleri is the most attractive commodity, a player on an expiring contract with a history as a reputable playoff performer (32 points in 32 career post-season games). At 31, Cammalleri is not likely at the stage of his career where he wants to stick around for a rebuild. For a team looking for a depth defenceman, pending unrestricted free agent Chris Butler is also available. Lee Stempniak, also a pending RFA, who struggled after starting the season on the No. 1 line, is also available.
Curtis Glencross. Glencross is in the midst of a difficult injury-filled season, but healthy, is the sort of skilled and agitating forward that teams covet from March until the finish line. He received a no move clause as part of his last contract, in which he gave the Flames a significant hometown discount. With one year to go at $2.55-million, if a team comes offering tangible assets or draft choices in return, he could be on the move.