Deadline deals: Northwest Division

Calgary should rekindle an old Flame, while Wild, Oilers look to future

Originally Published: February 19, 2010
By E.J. Hradek and Rob Vollman | ESPN Insider
Theo FleuryDale MacMillan/Getty ImagesWould Theo Fleury spark the suddenly frigid Flames?

After the Winter Olympics end, NHL teams will have just three days to tweak their rosters ahead of the March 3 trade deadline. Insider has linked ESPN The Magazine's E.J. Hradek with the metric-heads over at Puck Prospectus to evaluate every team's roster and the surrounding whispers from NHL Rumor Central. This is how your team could improve for a run at the playoffs, the Stanley Cup ... or for next season.

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Colorado Avalanche

The young Avalanche have been among the top surprises during the 2009-10 season. First-year GM Greg Sherman might be tempted to make a big move to add some additional help. Hopefully, he'll resist any foolish thoughts to make a trade based solely on short-term interest. The Avs remain very much a work in process, and they wouldn't be where they are in the standings without the rock-steady play of goaltender Craig Anderson.

Clearly, if the Avs can bring in a reasonably priced veteran to support their kids down the stretch and during the playoffs, they should consider it. I wouldn't fool too much with their roster, though. It's an old saying, but ... why ruin a good thing? -- E.J. Hradek

To see who might help the Avalanche, plus why Theo Fleury might be the answer for the Calgary Flames, you must be an ESPN Insider.

E.J. Hradek

Senior Writer, ESPN The Magazine
E.J. Hradek is a senior writer at ESPN The Magazine, joining the staff prior to its launch in 1998. He began covering hockey as a writer/editor for Hockey Illustrated in 1989.