With the cap going down next year, a lot of teams are looking to offload some of their bigger contracts, the Flames are in very good standing having got rid of the Iginla and Bouwmeester contracts, and depending on whether or not Kipprusoff retires we could save an additional $5mil against the cap. Calgary has finally admitted that we are in the midst of a rebuild, and with this draft being one of the deepest in recent memory they are looking very strong with their 3 first round picks. However, the Flames are missing a 2nd round pick, and that could prove costly in such a deep draft. I think that the Flames are shopping around some of the teams to see if they want to offload some of these larger contracts, similar to what happened with the Islanders taking on Tim Thomas's contract and picking up a free 2nd round pick in the process.
Who would you like to see land in Calgary? Personally i would think Dipietro would be kind of fun. And before you come after me with your pitchforks crying out that we already have a wealth of goaltending talent, let me explain my reasons why. Everyone knows that Dipietro's contract is one of the most ridiculous contracts that was ever signed, and that he is made of glass. BUT, because of the size of his contract, the Flames would be able to ask for a lot for them to dump it, maybe a 2nd and Nino Niederriter (young talented Swiss forward who went 5th overall in 2010 to play with Baertshi, who also went through the Portland system, and who has said he does not want to be in NY anymore). You never know, maybe a change of scenery might be exactly what Dipietro needs, he could surprise everyone and live up to his potential, and having Dipietro, MacDonald, Irving, and Berra all fighting for a starter role would leave us with a fairly strong goalie tandem on both the Flames and down in Abbotsford. Also when has having too many good goalies ever been a problem for a team? All this is all strictly hypothetical and would have to be based on Kipper retiring, and Dipietro staying healthy for more than 5 games in a season.