With the Calgary Flames struggling in the early going of the 2011-12 season, general manager Jay Feaster appears to be under pressure to make a move.
According to ESPN's Pierre LeBrun, a trade could be on the horizon for the Flames. The speculation began earlier in the week when TSN's Darren Dreger reported that Flames forward Rene Bourque is being shopped around the NHL, but things really started to pick up after Feaster spoke with ESPN.
“I’m not going to sit around and wait," Feaster told ESPN.com. “There is urgency here. There’s very much a sense of urgency. We kept this group together for a reason this summer. We articulated what that was and articulated to the players. They talked about the need to get off to a good start. We saw what happened last season when you dig yourself a hole. We played like our pants were on fire in the second half last year, and it wasn’t enough. We were all paying lip-service to what we needed to do. Now we need to do it.”
While there is no guarantee that a trade will be completed in the near future, the possibility is there.
The aforementioned Bourque, 29, has gotten off to a slow start this season. While he has scored three goals, he has yet to record an assist and owns a minus-1 rating. There are plenty of teams that would like to have the two-time 27-goal scorer, with the Toronto Maple Leafs rumored to be one of them.
Lukas Hardonk is the Editor-in-Chief of Bottom Line Hockey. For more NHL news and notes, follow him on Twitter: @LukasHardonk.