The Calgary Flames had one of their worst seasons in recent history during the shortened 2013 campaign, and have already started trying to turn things around. As the Flames look to the future, they have wasted no time in aggressively pursuing a player who can have an immediate impact for their team.
Rumors surfaced this week that the Flames had offered all three of their first round pick’s in the upcoming draft to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for the first overall pick. While that may seem like a lot to put on the table for one player, it shows that the Flames believe there is a big gap between the presumed first three players chosen in the draft (Nathan MacKinnon, Jonathan Drouin and Seth Jones) and the rest of the class. While this attempted trade may not have gone through, it shows that the Flames are serious about improving their roster.
As the draft approaches, the Flames can now look at dealing one or more of their picks, while still getting a potential impact player with whichever picks they keep. Their first pick is sixth overall and should yield an impact player, and they may be able to package the other two picks for an established veteran. With needs on defense and in goal, this will be a long but interesting offseason for management in Calgary, but early on it looks like every effort will be made to turn things around.