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Claus Andersen

Well, some people are unimpressed with the Ryan O'Byrne trade. Including an analyst from The Score.

But seriously, this is a nothing trade. O’Byrne is a pending UFA after this season and, while he will probably be used incorrectly here because Carlyle, it’s hard to get in too much of a frenzy over this one (though God knows we’ll try).

The Luongo non-trade was one of the bigger stories yesterday.

"My contract sucks," Luongo said in an interesting press conference. "That's what the problem is. It's a big factor in trading me and probably why I'm still here."

Soon after, in a Gillis presser, the GM claimed Luongo's comments were said "in a highly emotional state." But when it came down to it, the 33-year-old, who turns 34 kicked in for the 2010-11 season.

"I'd scrap it if I could right now," he said. "It's a hit on your pride that teams aren't willing to give up much and obviously that doesn't mean it's a knock on me but my situation with my contract. It's a tough spot to be in for myself, for the organization and for everyone involved.

Another goalie was not traded - but it was his choice.

"I've been doing lots of thinking the last few days," said Kiprusoff, who was slated to back up starting goalie Joey MacDonald during Calgary's home game against the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday. "This morning I talked with Jay Feaster and I told him for me I would love to stay here and finish off the season as a Flame."

Kiprusoff decided not to move for the second time in his NHL career and retirement has not crossed his mind yet.

"That's one option," he said. "I'd really like to finish the season and after that I'm going to make my decision. I'd really like to talk with the Flames before that and to go from there."