With the 2014 NHL trade deadline set for Wednesday, March 5 at 3 p.m. ET, cbcsports.ca will take a look at each Canadian team prior to the final day of wheeling and dealing. First up are the Calgary Flames. The Edmonton Oilers will move into the hot seat on Thursday.
The situation: The Flames haven't won a playoff series since they advanced to the 2004 Stanley Cup final and have missed the playoffs in the past four seasons ... Calgary president of hockey operations and acting GM Brian Burke will be busy. He wants to add size to his roster ... Besides the obvious candidates to be moved, like Mike Cammalleri, Lee Stempniak and Chris Butler, other names being mentioned include Shane O'Brien, Ladislav Smid and Dennis Wideman ... Burke reported this week that he has offered Cammalleri a contract extension ... The Flames have a four-point lead on the Oilers with two games in hand in the battle to avoid the basement in the West ... 19-year-old rookie centre Sean Monahan has been excellent. He needs four goals to hit the 20-goal mark and join Dion Phaneuf (20 in 2005-06) and Jarome Iginla (21 in 1996-97) as the only Flames freshmen in the past 20 seasons to accomplish the feat ... Goalie Reta Berra will get a chance to carry the load and earn a contract extension because Kari Ramo is out with a knee injury.
Playoff hopes: 13th in the West, 13 points behind eighth-place Dallas. The Flames are destined to miss the playoffs for a fifth consecutive year.
Schedule: 24 games remaining (12 home, 12 road).
At home: Los Angeles, Ottawa, N.Y. Islanders, Los Angeles, Anaheim, Buffalo, Nashville, San Jose, Anaheim, N.Y. Rangers, Los Angeles, Winnipeg.
On the road: Edmonton, Minnesota, Vancouver, Dallas, Phoenix, Edmonton, Ottawa, Toronto, Tampa Bay, Florida, New Jersey, Vancouver.
Restricted free agents: Lance Bouma, Paul Byron, Joe Colborne, T.J. Galiardi.
Unrestricted free agents: Reto Berra, Chris Butler, Mike Cammalleri, Derek Smith, Lee Stempniak, Kevin Westgarth.
No-trade clauses: Mike Cammalleri (limited), Matt Stajan (modified), Curtis Glencross (no movement), Dennis Wideman (no movement), Mark Giordano (no movement).
Cap space: $10.4 million US.
On the farm: Centre Markus Granlund, 20, was recalled earlier this week. He earned the right to make his NHL debut thanks to a solid rookie AHL season with the Abbotsford Heat. The talented Finn, who was recalled in late December but did not see any action, leads all AHL rookies in goals scored, with 23 in 50 games. Goalie Joni Ortio also may see some time in the NHL in Ramo's absence.
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