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Flames dealing with deadline

by Aaron Vickers / Calgary Flames

[Wayne] Gretzky got traded so you never know. Anyone can get traded. The mood is pretty good still, even though Iggy and Bouw got traded close to games. - Mikael Backlund

CALGARY, AB -- One doesn't need a barometer to measure the pressure in Calgary leading up to the trade deadline.

For the second time less than a week, the Calgary Flames sat with an empty stall in the dressing room, shipping Jay Bouwmeester to the St. Louis Blues just six days after Jarome Iginla's departure to the PIttsburgh Penguins.

With a 13-17-4 record, Matt Stajan knows the team has put themselves in the selling situation.

"I think that's been the sentiment for the last week," Stajan said. "We haven't been winning so we know as players that's our job. When you're not doing that there's going to be changes. We've already seen two of our biggest names, highest paid players be traded. It's part of the business. It's not easy to go through as a team but we are where we are and you can control what you can control."

Iginla was a healthy scratch against the Colorado Avalanche last Wednesday and subsequently dealt to Pittsburgh before the clock struck midnight.

Shaking the shock of Iginla's trade off, Bouwmeester was dealt in the minutes leading up to Calgary's game against the Edmonton Oilers on Monday.

The move came with the Flames currently sitting in 14th in the Western Conference.

"The position we're in we know changes are going to happen," Mark Giordano said. "It's tough. Your good buddy and teammate, really good guy obviously, it's tough to see guys go. You get out there and play the game and you try to obviously not think about that stuff."

Still, it's difficult not to think about both what Bouwmeester has meant to the Calgary club and what his departure represents going forward.

The 29-year-old was in his fourth season with the Flames after inking a five-year, $33.4 million deal in 2009, recording 18 goals and 97 points in 279 games. Few rival the minutes munched by Bouwmeester over the course of his Calgary career.

But anyone and everyone is fair game now, as Mikael Backlund put it.

"You never know," Backlund started. "[Wayne] Gretzky got traded so you never know. Anyone can get traded. The mood is pretty good still, even though Iggy and Bouw got traded close to games. Even though we focus on the game and the group stays strong. Trades don't confuse us or mess up our minds."

That approach might have rubbed off from Mike Cammalleri, who was punctuated in his response about the circus known as the trade deadline.

"Guys know something could happen," he said. "Something might not happen. You go to work."

The Flames don't play again before the 1 p.m. MT deadline on Wednesday, but play host to the Oilers later that night. The lineup Calgary ices in the second half of the Battle of Alberta back-to-back remains to be seen.

If one believes general manager Jay Feaster, more moves could be coming.

"No, we're not done," Feaster told Sportsnet 960 The Fan. "We're open for business. We may get a lot of phone calls; we've made a lot of phone calls. We've apprised other teams of what our thinking is and who we're willing to move, and who we're not. We'll continue that process right through until 1:00 Mountain time on Wednesday."

After which the smoke will clear on Calgary's deadline dealings and it's back to business as usual for the Flames.

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