It appears as though the Calgary Flames are shaking things up even more - by sending underachieving forward Olli Jokinen to the New York Rangers along with Brandon Prust in exchange for Ales Kotalik and Christopher Higgins.
TSN is speculating that full details / approval will not be forthcoming until Monday morning, but what does this mean for the Flames?
The reported Jokinen deal, along with the Phaneuf deal certainly provides them with some depth, but it does remove some top end talent. One noticeable item is that this would create some room on payroll to perhaps add another high profile forward before the trading deadline if they felt so inclined.
There has been a revolving door in Calgary the past few years with coaches. Despite the talent-laden roster, they have never delivered near expectations. Perhaps by dealing Jokinen and Phaneuf they feel they are removing some of their dressing room that created disfunction, but it may be possible that they just removed a strong puck moving defenseman, and one of their best forwards.
Time will tell if these deals pay off. The addition of Stajan and Hagman earlier today bolstered their anemic offense and adding Higgins and Kotalik may do the same. However, Higgins has struggled to regain his form from a couple of years ago, and Kotalik has been a scratch in eight of his last nine games.
What the Flames add in depth, it looks like they've lost in top end talent. However, it was obvious a shake up was needed. At this point, perhaps any move is a good move.