Reblogged from Flames Scratch Pad.
I understand how everyone looks at the deadline as insignificant. I can completely understand that it was, well, pretty boring. But dare I say that if we take a deeper look, it was significant for the Calgary Flames players. What I am getting at is the message it gives the players: "We believe in you."
Most people seem to think that if you don't bring in a stud, you are sending the wrong message. But I think if it's not broke, why fix it? The Flames management believes in this team and its chemistry. Chemistry is vital to a team's success.
So what do we get in Lazar? We get a young forward with tons of potential. What I like most about Curtis is his speed. He will fit right in. Curtis has a quick release and is an excellent passer. His weakness is in the faceoff circle. For that reason, I think he will be on the wing. He is worth the gamble. A second rounder plus a dman who never plays is not too steep of a price. This year's draft is pretty weak.
The other thing I am pleased with is the acquisition of Stone to fill a weak spot in the line-up. Before the Stone trade, the Flames were extremely weak on number 4-6. Think I am overestimating him? Look at their record since he was acquired! Bringing in Stone to solidify the defense might just have saved their season.