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Flames Unfiltered – Episode 193 – UFA’s Flushed – 2024 NHL Trade Deadline – LIVE

Brad Burud/Kyle Lewis March 8, 2024

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UFA’s Flushed – 2024 NHL Trade Deadline – LIVE

Listen to “Flames Unfiltered – Episode 193 – UFA’s Flushed – 2024 NHL Trade Deadline – LIVE” on Spreaker.

— EPISODE 193 —

In this episode of Flames Unfiltered, host Brad Burud is joined by Kyle Lewis. Kyle is an avid Calgary Flames fan with in-depth knowledge of the team and the broader NHL. With a background in hockey analysis and a keen eye for the sport’s strategic aspects, Kyle brings a mix of enthusiast and analytical perspectives to the conversation, particularly when discussing trade deadlines and team dynamics.

Episode Summary:

Welcome to a special live edition of Flames Unfiltered, featuring Brad Burud alongside Kyle Lewis for an engaging discussion centered on the NHL trade deadline and recent developments in the Calgary Flames organization. Dive into the intricacies of trade strategies, player movements, and management decisions that shape the Flames’ pathway into the future.

In this episode, Brad and Kyle dissect the NHL trade deadline’s flurry of activity, paying close attention to the Calgary Flames’ actions and broader league changes. They ponder the implications of high-profile trades, the potential of new acquisitions, and the complex landscape of NHL team management. Delve into an analysis of the Flames’ performance and expectations against the backdrop of trade decisions and player developments.

Key Takeaways:

  • The Flames’ NHL trade deadline activities encompass strategic moves and player acquisitions, reflecting on the team’s future direction.
  • Kyle and Brad discuss the return of various trades, such as those involving Noah Hanifin and discussing the impact of newcomers like Daniel Miramanov.
  • The episodes explores the implications of retaining Jacob Markstrom and debates the goaltender’s future with the Calgary Flames.
  • Brad and Kyle offer insights into the effectiveness of the Flames’ management under the stewardship of Craig Conroy.
  • They break down the surprising statistic comparing the Flames’ points after 62 games from the previous season to the current one, considering the changes in the player roster.

Notable Quotes:

  • “I think it’s crazy right now for us to bash this organization, the ownership, and Conroy for not trading marks from when we have absolutely zero idea, nobody knows at all what the return was.” – Brad Burud
  • “Eventually, the bottom is going to fall out on this Vegas team. It’s a bit of a gamble, but it could be great.” – Kyle Lewis
  • “I think these moves were fine… He’s got more of a, how do I put this, more of an NHL potential than Pederson did.” – Brad Burud discussing the AHL trade involving Riley Damiani.

Intrigued by the insightful discussion and expert analysis shared by Brad and Kyle? Be sure to listen to the full episode of Flames Unfiltered for a comprehensive breakdown of the Calgary Flames’ strategies during this NHL trade deadline. Stay tuned for more enlightening content and deep dives into the world of hockey on Flames Unfiltered.

Navigating the NHL Trade Deadline: A Calgary Flames Analysis

The NHL trade deadline annually sends shockwaves through the league, reshuffling rosters and often shifting the balance of power. For teams like the Calgary Flames, this period can be especially pivotal, setting the tune for the concluding season stretch or, for some, laying the groundwork for a rebuild. Flames Unfiltered’s live edition captured the essence of such a rollercoaster day, allowing fans and followers an inside look into the psyche of the fanbase and management’s machinations.

Key Takeaways

  • Calgary Flames’ Deadline Performance: Despite a modest trade deadline day for the Flames, the team’s management, led by Craig Conroy, has successfully navigated the season’s challenges, keeping them competitive and on par with the previous season’s point total at the same juncture.
  • The Vegas Golden Knights’ Cap Strategies: While some fans voice frustration, the Golden Knights consistently manipulate the cap to their advantage, leveraging LTIR and retention strategies that have raised questions and calls for changes in the league’s regulations.
  • Future Forward for Flames: With the deadline behind them, the Flames can focus on their current roster and potential playoff run, analyzing the development of prospects like Dustin Wolf and reflecting on the trade returns of large contracts and pending UFAs.

Trade Deadline Reflection: Calgary Flames’ Strategic Moves

As the NHL Trade Deadline passed, the Calgary Flames find themselves in an intriguing position. The management, led by acting General Manager Craig Conroy, kept the team afloat amidst a season clouded with uncertainties.

The Flames’ Deadline Conundrum

The Flames entered the deadline under pressure not only to make moves for their pending UFAs but also amidst rumors surrounding star goaltender Jacob Markstrom’s potential trade. Conroy, fielding a cocktail of speculation and actual roster needs, managed to make some critical maneuvers that may not have been larboard moves but were effective nonetheless.

As Brad Burud and Kyle Lewis dissect on Flames Unfiltered, there’s a general consensus that Conroy has done a commendable job under the circumstances. Burud states, “I don’t think we could be happier… I’m not calling Craig Conroy the greatest general manager in Flames history yet…but that’s really where we need to go.” This statement sums up the narrative surrounding the Flames’ deadline day – not spectacular, but solid and actionable.

Assessing the Returns: The Rebuild Pieces

Delving deeper into the deals struck, Conroy managed to churn out promising returns for significant assets. From the high-praise garnering return for Elias Lindholm to the recent Noah Hanifin deal with the Vegas Golden Knights, the Flames have extracted maximum value for their marquee players, laying sturdy bricks for the future rebuild or resurgence.

“Think about we found some hidden gems this year that we really mean…I’m not saying we didn’t expect Connor Zary to be a solid player, but I don’t know how many of us had Martin Pospisil penciled in as an everyday NHL player,” adds Lewis, emphasizing the unforeseen bonuses the Flames have capitalized on in their strategic moves this season.

Vegas Golden Knights: The Magicians of Cap Circumvention

The Vegas Golden Knights’ deadline activities have drawn both admiration and ire from the hockey community. Their shrewd orchestration of trades, leveraging Long-Term Injured Reserve (LTIR), and salary retention has been nothing short of enigmatic – and for some, problematic.

Capitalizing on LTIR and Retention Loopholes

The Golden Knights orchestrated trades that have had many scratching their heads, wondering how such acquisitions fit within the strictures of the salary cap. Their recent addition of high-value players while already carrying significant LTIR contracts deserves scrutiny, but as per current rules, remains within bounds.

“A lot of these guys that play this way don’t fight because they don’t have to… And also, it’s a guaranteed way to get CTE and die young,” remarks Lewis, alluding to the implications beyond the ice for player health. Debates continue on whether LTIR strategies employed by teams like Vegas should be permissible, but for now, the Golden Knights continue their cap wizardry unimpeded.

The Future Flames: Prospects and Playoff Hopes

Post-deadline, the focus for the Flames shifts towards what lies ahead. With the team still in the mix for a playoff spot, albeit with slim chances, the remainder of the season will be an evaluation period for the roster and the weeklies ahead.

Progression and Development: Flames’ Prospects

Attention is turned towards prospects who might be able to step up and fill the void left by departing veterans. Players like Connor Zary, Dustin Wolf, and Jakob Pelletier will be under a magnifying glass to determine if they can contribute to the Flames’ immediate future or require further grooming.

“In the next three or four drafts…we have a lot of flexibility,” notes Burud, looking to the future with optimism. The stockpile of draft picks acquired will certainly afford the Flames a bouquet of options, signaling transformative seasons ahead.

Calgary’s Playoff Chances: A Pipe Dream?

As the unlikely playoff chase continues, Conroy and company have balanced the task of remaining competitive while accumulating assets for the future – a tightrope walk not many are deft at maneuvering.

The coming games will be telling, but as the duo on Flames Unfiltered conclude, whatever the season’s outcome, the Flames have managed to keep their picture interesting and their fanbase engaged – a success, considering the maelstrom of changes the franchise has witnessed. The NHL trade deadline for the Calgary Flames was less about the big splash and more a testament to strategic acumen, ensuring the team remains on an upward trajectory while preserving options for the future.




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Brad Burud/Kyle Lewis

Flames Unfiltered features two passionate and opinionated hosts. Brad Burud has been with the show since the beginning and was the creator of the show. A Flames fan since 1986 he brings the old school approach to the show. As a Theoren Fleury and Mikka Kiprusoff fan he longs for the playoff runs he watched decades ago. Kyle Lewis joined the show for the start of season four. A Flames fan since the 90’s, Kyle is a huge collector of Calgary game-worn jerseys. Jarome Iginla was the hero for the Flames when Kyle started this journey and Iginla will always be a favorite. Kyle hopes this year’s version of the Flames can bring him the happiness he felt when Gelinas scored the overtime game winner over Detroit. Thanks for joining us. Sit back and enjoy some Flames hockey talk.

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