NHL trade rumors: Calgary Flames thinking fire sale?

Bruce Bennett

With the trade deadline a little over a week away, the Calgary Flames might be considering a fire sale for the future.

The Calgary Flames have gotten to the point where the vultures are starting to circle -- at least, that's how Darren Dreger of TSN described the situation during 'Insider Trading' on Monday night.

With the club seemingly on the verge of trading captain Jarome Iginla, opposing organizations are beginning to inquire about what other scraps they can pick from the remains of the 2013 Flames.

Dreger stated that the Toronto Maple Leafs are one of a few teams who are interested in the asking price of goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff. With one-year remaining on his contract following this season, it seems unnecessary to hold onto a 36-year-old goaltender for a roster that is rebuilding.

Given reports that Iginla is interested in going to the Boston Bruins or Los Angeles Kings, the Flames potentially could acquire a young goaltender like Jonathan Bernier from Los Angeles or 2012 first-round selection Malcolm Subban from Boston.

If Bernier was a piece coming the other way, he could take over for Kiprusoff this season. Obviously Subban would have little impact on the veteran goaltender's playing time right now, but his acquisition might make it easier to move Kiprusoff in terms of presenting fans with a positive spin on the future of the position.

In addition, Dreger mentioned the names of Jay Bouwmeester, Mark Giordano and Michael Cammalleri as pieces that other teams are asking about. Bouwmeester's name has seemingly come up in trade rumors with great regularity for a few seasons now, while Giordano would likely garner interest considering the amount of teams looking to add defensive help.

Cammalleri is apparently a good friend of Iginla's and potentially would want to leave if he is dealt. Of course, whether the Flames would grant this request is a questionable venture considering Cammalleri likely wouldn't have much leverage.

However, all three players are protected by some kind of no-trade protection, so any proposed deal would require their approval first (Cammalleri has a limited NTC).

If Calgary is interested in moving these pieces and the players give their consent to the deals, one would imagine that the asking price will be young prospects or draft picks. If Calgary does opt to engage in a fire-sale of sorts, it will signal the beginning of a rebuild for the Flames. This is something general manager Jay Feaster has attempted to avoid in the past, which will make his actions at the trade deadline all the more intriguing.

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