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Flames keep first round pick

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames
The Calgary Flames have decided to increase their stake in this year's entry draft by keeping their first round pick.

General manager Darryl Sutter gave up a first round pick in either 2009 or 2010 to the Phoenix Coyotes, along with Matthew Lombardi and Brandon Prust, in the Olli Jokinen deal at last year's trade deadline. As a result of today's announcement, the team is expected to pick 20th overall in 2009, and Phoenix will get the Flames' first round pick next year.

As a result of the Mike Cammalleri trade, the Los Angeles Kings own the Flames' pick in the second round. Phoenix sent its third round pick to the Flames in the Jokinen deal, compensating for the Flames' own third round pick, which it gave to the Philadelphia Flyers in the trade for Jim Vandermeer.

The Flames have two picks in the fourth round, their own and one acquired from the Columbus Blue Jackets in a deal for goaltending prospect Kevin Lalande. They also have a pick in each of the fifth, sixth, and seventh rounds.

Sutter announced at a news conference on May 26 that he intended to have a new coaching staff in place for the draft.

The 47th NHL Entry Draft takes place June 26th-27th at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec.
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