Every year there are teams in the NHL that are unsure if they will be buyers or sellers as the trade deadline approaches, and no team exemplifies that more this season than the Calgary Flames
Six weeks ago the Flames were plummeting toward the bottom of the NHL standings with a roster full of expensive veterans -- a prime candidate for other teams to call, right? Calgary has won 11 of 17 since a pivotal shift in philosophy, and if the success continues it could be interim general manager Jay Feaster who is placing those calls looking to add a veteran or two .
"From the day I took over the mandate from our team president Ken King and from ownership hasn't changed and the mandate is we want to be a playoff team this year," Feaster said. "One of the things we talked about when I took over is we have to be intellectually honest with ourselves about where we are. If, in fact, it is a pipe dream that we can make the playoffs then that leads you down one path as you approach the deadline.
"What has transpired here with going 11-3-3 is we're only two points out of the eighth spot and five points back of Nashville in fourth place. Now it is not a pipe dream, but that's right now as we talk today. We've won five in a row, but if we lose five in a row we're going to be back at the bottom looking up. It is a constant, daily analysis and there's no question that where we sit as we get closer to the deadline will impact to a large extent what we do at the deadline."