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Feaster working phones before draft

Friday, 28.06.2013 / 11:51 AM / Home for the 2014 NHL Entry Draft
By Aaron Vickers  - CalgaryFlames.com (@aavickers)
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Feaster working phones before draft

We've been trying to work on some things, trying to make some deals. I've talked to all 29 other teams and with a number of those teams we've had multiple conversations.Jay Feaster

JERSEY CITY, NJ -- All eyes may be on the 2013 NHL Draft, but Jay Feaster is keeping one hand on his phone, too.

Just 48 hours away from the draft, the phone of the Flames' general manager has been consistently ringing.

Which is keeping Feaster busy.

"We've been trying to work on some things, trying to make some deals," Feaster said. "I've talked to all 29 other teams and with a number of those teams we've had multiple conversations."

One of those conversations led to the acquisition of David Jones and Shane O'Brien on Thursday in exchange for veterans Alex Tanguay and Cory Sarich.

It was a trade that made sense from a Calgary perspective.

"We have to get bigger," Feaster said. "It's something we've talked about for quite a while now. No question that moving into that division we recognize the size of some of those teams and that's why we felt that deal worked for us."

Now, he's seeking the next deal that will work for the Flames.

And while there's nothing imminent on the trade front in front of Feaster, that doesn't mean progress isn't being made.

"I don't expect to come out here later [Friday] and have another deal to announce per say, but we are still trying to advance some things and also getting a lot of calls about our pick at six," he said. "While we've made no secret of the fact we wouldn't mind moving up, there are a lot of other teams that would like to move up and not just into that top-5, again, even to get into that number six spot. We're going to continue to work the phones."

That's not necessarily saying the Flames intend to move down if they aren't able to advance up the draft board. Feaster has said before they only have designs of moving up if their first pick is involved.

Therein lies the problem for the Flames.

According to Feaster, part of the reason for some inactivity at the trade table stems from other teams looking at some of the Flames' more attractive young assets.

"Candidly, the problem with discussions and why there aren't more trades to announce on our end is teams are coming after us for our young guys," Feaster said. "They like the prospects."

Which means there is little in the way of activity on Calgary's remaining veterans, which includes Mike Cammalleri.

Despite rampant rumors of Cammalleri's availability, Feaster insisted he hasn't been fielding calls on the 31-year-old.

"And that's what's interesting," he said. "I don't know where some of these things start or get a life of their own. I guess if that's the case and if the sources you've been hearing from are some of my colleagues as GM's, my number is in the directory.

"Give me a call."

The phone lines are open.

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