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Bertuzzi Signs in Detroit

Posted 19 Aug 2009 — by admin
Category Bertuzzi, Contract, Detroit Red Wings, Off Season
Stanley Cup Penguins Red Wings Hockey

One-time Flames forward Todd Bertuzzi has signed a one-year, $1.5M deal with the Detroit Red Wings. He had indicated that he wanted to return to Calgary, but Darryl Sutter made it clear that he should look elsewhere. Last season Bertuzzi was inconsistent, but still put up his best numbers since 05-06, his last season in Vancouver. Bertuzzi scored 15 goals and added 29 assists.

The deal puts the Red Wings over the salary cap for the 2009-2010 season by about $1.2M. They will probably put Defenceman Andreas Lilja on injured reserve and/or send winger Justin Abelkader to the minors to balance it out.

Why did Detroit sign Bertuzzi? Red Wings GM Ken Holland recently said “We lost almost 90 goals. I read or hear people picking us to be about fourth in the Western Conference.” But he still thinks they are a Stanley Cup contender “because our defense is as good as anyone’s defense and I like the rest of our team.”

Dustin Boyd Signs 1-Year Deal with Flames

Posted 03 Aug 2009 — by admin
Category Boyd, Contract, Off Season

Flames GM Darryl Sutter announced on Thursday that the Flames have re-signed Dustin Boyd to a 1-year contract. As per team guidelines, Sutter did not announce details of the contract, but it was later revealed that he will be making slightly less than he did last season.

It appears, that Boyd decided to sign for slightly less instead of holding out and possibly having to sign with another team. He’s played his entire NHL career with the Flames and it appears that he wants to keep the flaming C on his chest for at least another season. Also a contributing factor according to Boyd was that this was a one-way contract, which will keep him in the NHL for the majority of the season. Boyd’s contract will pay him $650,000 US for the 2009-2010 season.

Boyd played 71 games for the Flames last season and scored 11 goals while adding 11 assists.

Flames Sign 2-way Contract With Chris Chucko

Posted 23 Jul 2009 — by admin
Category Chucko, Contract, Off Season

Darryl Sutter announced that he has signed a 2-way deal with Burnaby, BC native Chris Chucko. As per team guidelines, the details of the contract were not released.

Chucko played for the AHL Quad City Flames last season. You can expect him to play the majority of the time in Abbotsford this season, except for maybe 10-15 games with the Flames.

Chucko had 28 goals and 51 points for the QC Flames last season and got a taste of the NHL when he suited up for the Calgary Flames twice in March.

Flames Sign Brodie, Nemisz, and Seabrook

Posted 21 Jul 2009 — by admin
Category Brodie, Contract, Nemisz, Off Season, Seabrook

Though no details of the contracts were released, Calgary Flames GM Darryl Sutter announced today that the Flames have signed T.J. Brodie, Greg Nemisz and Keith Seabrook.

These will certainly be two-way contracts, allowing the players to move between the Flames and their AHL team in Abbotsford.

Flames Sign Dawes

Posted 20 Jul 2009 — by admin
Category Contract, Dawes, Off Season, Waivers

The Calgary Flames announced today that they have signed Nigel Dawes, who was picked up off waivers from the Phoenix Coyotes. The details of the contract were not released and saves both sides from a potential salary arbitration hearing this week.

A little known fact: this announcement will take the award for “shortest guy on the team” away from Daymond Langkow, who became the shortest player on the Flames roster when Mike Cammalleri signed with Montreal. Dawes is 5′ 9″ tall and is one of only 3 players on the Flames that measure in below 6′ 0″ tall. The others are Langkow (5′ 10″) and Brandon Prust (5′ 11″).

Flames Add Tough Guy McGrattan

Posted 13 Jul 2009 — by admin
Category Contract, McGrattan, Off Season

Though some would argue that they don’t really need an enforcer, The Calgary Flames have signed tough-guy Brian McGrattan to a 1-year, $550,000 contract.

I was reading through the comments on the article on TSN.ca about his signing, and I actually laughed out loud when I read this one by C4L: “Thank God. Remember in the playoffs when Ben Eager kept mouthing Iginla off over and over? He (or anyone else) tries that this year and they’ll find themselves playing “how many fingers” with the team doctor.”

I think that this is a really funny comment not only for the “how many fingers” part… but also because Ben Eager learned his lesson the hard way by mouthing off Iginla. He didn’t take an Eric Godard-style beating beacuse the Flames didn’t need to. There were a number of players who could have pounded on Eager after he started mouthign off to the Flames’ Captain, but Eager’s hot mouth hit the “Incredible Hulk” switch in Iginla’s head and sent him on a scoring rampage. They learned their lesson after that.

The days of the NHL enforcer’s name being a necessity on the roster sheet of every game are not completely over, but the role of the NHL tough-guy is changing. The role that used to exist 100% for the protection of a team’s superstar (like Dave Semenko was for Wayne Gretzky) now is a strategic role that can help change the momentum in a game. Fights are still a part of hockey (thank God!), but Don’t expect Brian McGrattan to play every game. The presence of so many big, tough guys on the Flames team – any one of which will step-up and fight if necessary – means McGratten will only be used sparingly.

Flames re-sign Lunkmark, add Jaffrey

Posted 07 Jul 2009 — by admin
Category Contract, Jaffrey, Lundmark, Off Season

The Calgary Flames have announced the re-signing of Jamie Lundmark and have also added former Vancouver Canuck forward Jason Jaffrey.

Lundmark, who played in 27 NHL games with the Flames last season, scored 8 goals and added 8 assists. He totalled 52 points in 54 games while playing with the Flames AHL affiliate in Quad Cities last season.

Jaffrey played in 14 games for the Canucks last season, tallying 2 goals and 2 assists. He added 49 points in 56 games for the Manitoba Moose, the Canucks’ AHL team.

Look for these 2 players to contribute to the Flames 4th line in spurts, when they are not lighting it up for the Abbotsford Heat, the Flames new AHL team.

Flames Free Agents Still Available

Posted 02 Jul 2009 — by admin
Category Calgary Flames, Contract, Free Agent, Off Season

Several of Calgary’s Unrestricted Free Agents have found homes in other cities across the NHL in the past couple days.

Most Notably, Mike Cammalleri has signed with the Montreal Canadiens, where he will join Scott Gomez, and Brian Gionta as the newcomers to Montreal’s front lines. Cammalleri will earn $30M over the next 6 years in Montreal.

Adrian Aucoin has also signed a 1 year deal in Phoenix for an undisclosed amount.

This leaves 12 Flames players on the free agent list.
UFAs: Todd Bertuzzi, Anders Eriksson, Carsen Germyn, Jamie Lundmark, Warren Peters, Andre Roy, Rhett Warrener

RFAs: Dustin Boyd, Kris Chucko, Adam Cracknell, Kyle Greentree, Aki Seitsonen

I’d really like to see Boyd and Peters resigned, and to be honest, I think Andre Roy isn’t so bad for a 4th liner. He brings size and energy to the line, so if we can get him for the right price (i.e. $500,000) then we should sign him.

I don’t think Bertuzzi will fit into Brent Sutter’s defence-oriented game, even though he does help in shootouts, so don’t expect him to be back in a Flames jersey. I wonder if anyone actually went out and bought a Bertuzzi jersey last season!?!

I really hope that either Edmonton or Vancouver signs Eriksson so we can have a few easy goals when we play them. You can be sure that he won’t be back in a Flames jersey… ever.

Flames Add Sjostrom

Posted 02 Jul 2009 — by admin
Category Calgary Flames, Contract, Free Agent, Off Season, Sjostrom

The Calgary Flames added another player to their roster by signing free agent winger Fredrik Sjostrom to a 2 year deal worth $1.5M.

Sjostrom was beloved by NY Rangers fans where he played for the last 2 years. He is a solid 4th liner who can play on the penalty killing unit.

Flames Sign Bouwmeester to 5-Year Deal

Posted 30 Jun 2009 — by admin
Category Bouwmeester, Calgary Flames, Contract, Defense, Off Season

The Calgary Flames have signed Defenceman Jay Bouwmeester to a 5-year deal, reportedly worth $6.68 Million per year.

The team is expected to officially announce the signing during a press conference today.