Report: Flames tried to buy first-round picks from Phoenix, Carolina

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From TSN’s Darren Dreger:

Sure sounds like the Flames were trying to use their financial might to “buy” some high first-round picks.

Worth a shot, we suppose. It’s no secret that Carolina and Arizona have their own internal budgets. The last thing those teams want to do is pay a player to go away.

But that’s ultimately what the Coyotes did with Ribeiro, while taking a sizable cap hit to boot. It’s not clear if the Flames would’ve kept or bought out Ribeiro, who “had some real behavioral issues” with the Coyotes, according to GM Don Maloney.

The Hurricanes are planning to go with a goalie due of Cam Ward and Anton Khudobin next season.

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