There are more than a couple of contracts Flames GM Jay Feaster would like to burn.
Two league sources told QMI Agency that Feaster is desperately trying to get money off the books.
Not only would Feaster move struggling C Olli Jokinen in a heartbeat, the word around the league is the Flames have been shopping C Matt Stajan, W Niklas Hagman and D David Moss.
You canít blame Feaster for trying to clean up the mess of bad spending left by former GM Darryl Sutter, but heís going to have a difficult time finding anybody willing to take on those contracts, especially this early in the season.
Stajan will be particularly tough to move.
The 27-year-old Stajan, who was part of the deal that sent D Dion Phaneuf to the Leafs, received a mystifying four-year, $14-million extension from Sutter. The contract, that has three years remaining, will make it nearly impossible for Feaster to trade him.
Depending on where the Flames sit in February (and by all accounts theyíre expected to be on the outside looking in) then Jokinen, Hagman and Moss could all be deadline rentals for teams looking to bulk up in the playoffs.
All three are set to become UFAs in July and wonít have much left on their contracts by that time.
For now, Feasterís hands appear to be tied.