Reblogged from Flames Jambalaya
Well, how did the Flames do at Free Agency Frenzy? Going into the Frenzy, the Flames needed a right wing and a backup goalie. Check right wing, and check back up.
General Manager Brad has said he is not done and would like to add defencemen. It is evident that Brad will have to make another move to make that happen.
The Flames did well fixing the goaltending issue with Elliot and Johnson. Brian Elliot's stats speak for themselves. He is a solid goaltender who knows how to win. For the first time in years, the Flames have a goalie who will be consistent and give them a chance to win every night.
Chad Johnson gives the Flames an established goaltender. They needed a backup goalie who can steal a game or two. It is vital for the Flames to have a backup and be competitive.
The Flames signing Troy Brouwer is huge. Troy is a solid player, who knows what it takes to win. He is a stable influence on the younger players, who will look up to him for his leadership skills. Troy will be a good fit for Monahan and Gaudreau, who have been looking for an RW since the end of time.
Let's talk about assets that the Flames could trade to get the defenseman Brad said he would like to acquire.
In no particular order, these are the assets I would consider moving:
Lance put himself out of favour with the Flames' management with his antics last year. Lance can easily be replaced. The problem is that every other team also knows about his actions. But hopefully, there will still be plenty of takers looking for the agitator in their lineup.
It is common knowledge that Flames are shopping Dennis. But finding a home for 5.23 million dollar powerplay specialist can be difficult. Dennis can still potentially be useful. Many teams who could be in the market looking for a powerplay defensemen.
This is the last resort, but if the Flames feel that Sam Bennett, is their 2nd line center, that might make Mikael expendable. Backlund could fetch a pretty good defender for the Flames.
Could the Flames consider trading a player for picks to make room? The Flames could go the free agency route. If they do, I hope the Flames go with Patrick Wiercioch. He is a good number five stay-home defensemen.
I think the Flames are looking for a number four or a number three. They will have to trade a player from their roster for two reasons: first, salary cap, and secondly, you have pay something to get something.