When the clock struck 3pm ET on March 5th, marking the end of trades and signings for the final stretch of the regular NHL season, the Calgary Flames were relatively the same team. As the last announcements trickled in after the deadline, the only reports out of Calgary were two trades and that pending unrestricted free agent Mike Cammalleri would not be moved.
Interim GM Brian Burke had been widely quoted leading up to the trade deadline regarding the Flames’ ability to sell their unrestricted free agents. However, Mike Cammalleri went unmoved at the deadline despite reports that he was available. Burke was unapologetic about keeping the star forward stating that he has already been in touch with Cammalleri’s agent since the deadline regarding a contract extension.
Said Burke: “I said earlier in the day…that if we didn’t do anything it wouldn’t be a catastrophe and that’s how I feel. I’m not sitting here going ‘Damn I wish I could’ve moved Mike Cammalleri’ because he’s a quality person and a quality player.”
While Cammalleri is still a Flame, two other pending free agents were moved. Lee Stempniak was dealt to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for a third round draft pick in the upcoming draft. The gritty right-winger is in the last year of his contract, a $2.5million annual hit. In all likelihood, he will slot into the top line in Pittsburgh with Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz.
Rising goaltender Reto Berra was also moved to the Colorado Avalanche for a second round pick, also in this year’s draft. Berra made headlines earlier this year with a spectacular kick save against the Columbus Blue Jackets back in November. Berra played in 29 games this season for the Flames posting a .897 SV%. It’s uncertain where Berra fits into the Avalanche lineup since the organization already has a solid tandem in Semyon Varlamov and Jean-Sebastien Giguere.
Shortly after the deadline passed the Flames announced that they have recalled Corban Knight, Max Reinhart, Ben Hanowski and goalie Joey MacDonald from the Abbotsford Heat to round out their lineup.
The Flames hosted the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday night at the Scotiabank Saddledome, followed by the New York Islanders on Friday before heading out to Vancouver for Saturday night’s contest against the Canucks at Rogers Arena.
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