Sutter pleased with Flames roster

The Western Conference stood significantly stronger after Tuesday's NHL trade deadline, yet Calgary Flames general manager Darryl Sutter is confident his team will remain competitive despite its trade inactivity.

The Western Conference got significantly stronger during Tuesday's deadline, yet Calgary Flames general manager Darryl Sutter is confident his team will remain competitive despite its trade inactivity.

The Flames are currently third in the West with 74 points, and riding a four-game winning streak.

"We probably came close to a couple bad deals and that was about it," Sutter said. "It is natural for teams to try and steal somebody or think they're going to get somebody for less than they should.

"I prefer to keep our first-round picks."

While the Flames stayed pat, other teams in the conference made moves Tuesday to bolster their roster.

San Jose acquired defenceman Brian Campbell from Buffalo, and Dallas was able to trade for forward Brad Richards from Tampa Bay.

"They took on $7.8 million in salary," Sutter said of the Stars.

"That's not something you react to at all because, first of all, you're not in it because of the amount of money and, secondly, how do you react to that? You certainly don't contribute any of your nucleus players to try and react to that."

Meanwhile, the Colorado Avalanche made their big splash Monday with the signing of centre Peter Forsberg for the stretch run.

However, Sutter said he is pleased with his roster and the Calgary team's future potential.

Tanguay out with pinched nerve

For weeks, it was rumoured that the general manager would trade Alex Tanguay, with the speedy forward most likely heading to Montreal.

Tanguay was a healthy scratch from Tuesday night's game against Colorado.

He suffered a pinched nerve in his neck in Sunday's 2-1 win over Minnesota.

"A lot of rumours, a lot of speculation," Tanguay said. "It has been very difficult, not only for me, but my family and my friends."

Sutter shot down the notion Calgary would trade Tanguay, or forwards Kristian Huselius and Daymond Langkow, both eligible for unrestricted free agency on July 1.

"I didn't want to disrupt any of our top group," Sutter said. "It gets thrown out of whack, that unrestricted thing.

"Today isn't the deadline for that. We weren't going to let that affect how we were going to move forward."

Hockey Night in Canada analyst Kelly Hrudey said he isn't surprised Sutter kept his roster intact.

Hrudey, who lives in Calgary and follows the team on a regular basis, feels the Flames are talented enough to compete with the best franchises in the NHL but worries about their consistency from game to game.

"They're pretty satisfied with what they have," said Hrudey. "Now, I think they're frustrated and disappointed from time to time with how the team performs, but they know that when they play at the level, they are an elite team."

With files from the Canadian Press