I’ve decided to look back at all of the Flames most recent trades with every other NHL club, finishing the series with the Pacific Divison today.
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A couple conditions for this article is that I’ll only be doing the most recent trade that involved an NHLer and/or at least mid round picks. So there aren’t any pick swaps, or late round picks for fringe/AHL players included here.
March 11 2003: Flames acquire Mike Commodore and Jean-Francois Damphousse for Rob Niedermayer
In a roundabout way, this trade set things in motion for the Anaheim Ducks to win their first Stanley Cup. By trading Rob Niedermayer to Anaheim, it ended up enticing his brother and Hall of Famer Scott Niedermayer to sign there in the summer of 2005 to try and win a Cup together. The Ducks would win the Cup in 2006-07 creating one of the cooler moments of Scott handing it off to his brother Rob. The Flames got Mike Commodore in the deal who was a big part of the 2003-04 run and holds a special spot in this city, but any trade that helps you win the Cup gets the edge for me.
June 17 2017: Flames acquire Mike Smith for Chad Johnson, Brandon Hickey, 2018 3rd Round Pick (Niklas Nordgren)
The Flames got a starting goaltender for two years in Smith, and while he wasn’t sensational, he did have some great moments. Specifically he ended the Flames losing streak in Anaheim in one of his first starts with a shutout, and then performed very well in the playoffs against Colorado when the rest of the team stunk.
Chad Johnson didn’t end up signing in Arizona after this deal. Brandon Hickey was later dealt to Buffalo for Hudson Fasching with both players only playing in the AHL since. The 3rd round pick was traded a number of times, with Coyotes eventually drafting Ivan Prosvetov and Dennis Busby with 4th and 5th round picks acquired for the 3rd. Prosvetov had a promising year in the AHL.
July 19 2019: Flames acquire Milan Lucic and a 2020 conditional 3rd for James Neal
I will die on the hill that the Flames were still better with Milan Lucic on the team this year than they were with James Neal. However I still give the edge to the Oilers on the deal for now as Neal did fit in well on their PP and did score 19 goals. However he started to fall off as the season progressed while Lucic was at least consistent. We will see how things end up working out with the conditional pick as it could swing the trade along with what ends up happening with each player over the next few years.
June 20 2008: Flames acquire Mike Cammalleri and 2008 2nd Round Pick (Mitch Wahl) for 2008 1st Round Pick (Jake Gardiner) and 2009 2nd Round Pick (Brian Dumoulin)
I decided to omit the more recent depth defender (Fantenberg, Forbort) for a conditional fourth deals as they weren’t really huge deals. Cammalleri would have a fantastic season in Calgary putting up a career high 39 goals and 82 points but unfortunately the Flames would fall in the playoffs to Chicago in the first round. He would leave Calgary the next summer in free agency and before eventually being traded back in 2011-12. The Kings would end up drafting Colton Teubert after a number of moves with the 1st Round Pick and traded the 2nd to Carolina for Justin Williams who would be a huge part of their two Stanley Cup wins in the 2010’s.
November 14 2003: Flames acquire Miikka Kiprusoff for 2005 2nd Round Pick (Marc-Edouard Vlasic)
This has really been the only big trade between the two sides in their respective histories. This trade was about as close to a perfect deal for both sides as you can get. The Flames got their franchise goaltender which San Jose already had in Evgenii Nabokov, and the Sharks got one of their best defencemen in franchise history and a future Olympian in Vlasic. The case could be made for the Sharks to have a slight edge as Vlasic continues to be a big piece of their team, but Kiprusoff was one of the league’s elite goaltenders for a period of time, but it’s a shame they weren’t able to support him during that time outside of the 2004 run.
March 2 2015: Flames acquire 2015 2nd Round Pick (Rasmus Andersson) for Sven Baertschi
This was a pretty disappointing but expected trade at the time as the Flames gave up on their 2011 1st round pick. It was pretty surprising to see him traded to a divisional rival as well, especially one who they were in a playoff race with. Baertschi would go one to have three decent years in Vancouver with between 29 and 35 points. He was given a $3.36M AAV before 2018-19 but struggled with injuries that year before being demoted to the AHL in 2019-20. The Flames ended up using the pick to draft Rasmus Andersson who has become a Top 4 calibre defender on the team and is about to start a six year extension next season. While the Canucks may have been early victors in the deal, the Flames will be the long term winners.
The Flames have yet to make any trade with the Golden Knights during their brief existence.
The Flames went 2-2-2 in big trades with Pacific Division rivals in my opinion. There were some deals that set the franchise up for long term success but also deals that were head scratchers.