Slow trade market forces Flames to be patient

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--The Flames would like to trade away a couple of players before the season starts, but GM Jay Feaster admitted the trade market since the free agency rush had been slower than he expected. "I think there are a number a reasons. One of them is the wait for what Shane Doan (of the Phoenix Coyotes) will do, at least at the forward position, and I also think there's the wait and see from the CBA perspective."

The Flames are believed to be shopping Jay Bouwmeester but are not willing to just give away the defenseman, who plays an average of 26 minutes per game. Another trade candidate is defenseman Anton Babchuk.

--Former Flames head coach Brent Sutter is biding his time looking for a new coaching job. Sutter, who parted ways with the Flames after three seasons, joined the Flames before the 2009-10 season because of the proximity to his family in Red Deer. Now, with his children grown up, he's open to coaching elsewhere. "In the right situation," he said. If he's not coaching this season, Sutter will have his hands full with his ranch as well as the Western Hockey League's Red Deer Rebels.

"The KHL is a very, very good league but it will probably never touch the level of the NHL, so that is why I decided to come and play in the NHL." --C Roman Cervenka

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