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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.

July 1st Free Agent Frenzy

Posted 01 Jul 2009 — by admin
Category Free Agent, July 1, Off Season

So it’s July 1st at 12:00 noon and the free agent frenzy has begun.

The Flames jumped the gun by signing Edmonton native, Jay Bouwmeester (I’m gonna have to get used to typing that one!) to a 5-year deal after trading for the right to negociate with the soon-to-be-UFA by sending Jordan Leopold and a 3rd round pick to Florida.

Flames GM Darryl Sutter took a gamble with this trade, but it paid off for him after Bouwmeester agreed to a contract that will see him earn more than $6 Million per season for the next 5 years in a Flames uniform.

Vancouver was the next team to make a big-deal, re-signing the Sedin twins to 5-year $6.1 Million contracts about 1 hour prior to the noon deadline. Canucks fans (who are notorious for loving the Sedin sisters) should be content with this signing, which was made ever more important a short while later when Matthias Ohlund booked his flight from Sweden to the sunshine after signing with the Tampa Bay Lightning for 7 years (Seven years?!!! for a 32 year old?!!!). At least the Canucks can leverage the Sedins when attempting to get Roboto Luongo to re-sign soon.

The Ohlund signing seems to be a good fit for Tampa, who just acquired 6′6″ Swedish defenceman Victor Hedman in the Draft. Presumably, Ohlund will tutor the young Swede as he breaks into the NHL.

There was a bit of a lull in free agent signings until the next big name was signed just after 2pm. Marian Hossa agreed to a 12-year, $62.8 Million deal with the Chicago Blackhawks. The Hossa deal is front-loaded (a trend today), with him earning $59.3M in the first 8 years, and $3.5M in the final 4 years of the contract.

Other notable free agent players signed early were ex-Oiler goalie, Dwayne Roloson (NY Islanders, 2yrs, $5M), Mike Knuble, (Washington, 2yrs, $5.4M), Ty Conklin (St. Louis, 2yrs, $2.6M), Thomas Kopecky (Chicago, 2yrs, $2.4M) and ex-Flame Steve Montador (Buffalo, 2yrs, $3.1M)

As I went out to shop for some BBQ supplies for this evening, Scott Niedermayer had just signed a 1yr, $6M contract to stay in Anaheim. This was followed by a mish-mash of ~$1M/year players until the Oilers found their replacement for Roloson: Nikolai “the Bulin Wall” Khabibulin, who they signed for 4 years at $3.75M per year.

One minute later, the Flames announced something that made me very happy: the resigning of RFA Adam Pardy. This kid proved himself last season and he will make a solid contribution to what is shaping up to become THE top defence in the league.

It took another hour of players like Hal Gill (Montreal, 2yrs, $4.5M), Scott Clemenson (Florida, 3yrs, $3.6M) and Erik Cole (Carolina, 2yrs, $5.8M) before another big name was dropped: Mike Cammalleri.

Everyone knew that Cammi’s production last season would set him up in the $5-6M range for his next contract, and the Flames simply could not offer him that much. So Cammalleri went where any good Canadian kid who had experienced what life in a hockey town (CGY) is really like: to a Canadian market that cares about hockey. I was sure he’d sign in Toronto, but with all the UFA and RFA players on their way out of Montreal, it wasn’t a surprise to see Cammalleri sign a 5-year, $30 million contract with the Habs.

So it’s with a tear and a “see you in the Bell Centre” that I say farewell to one of my favourite players from last season. Mike Cammalleri earned the first 6 of those $30 million last season. I hope he can keep it up in Montreal.

After securing Cammalleri, Montreal lost one of their key UFAs when Mike Komisarik signed a contract with Toronto that will pay him $22.5M over 5 years.

Things seemed to be wrapping up around 6:30pm after Sami Pahlsson signed with Columbus for $7.95M over 3 years, though one player on the “A List” still remained unsigned. Sometime after 8pm Marian Gaborik signed a 5 year, $37.5M deal with the NY Rangers.

News of Gaborik’s signing came shortly after Minnesota announced that they had signed Martin Havlat to a 6 year deal worth $30M.

Once all was finished, this year’s July 1st Free Agent Frenzy included over $350 Million in contracts, which is above par for the past 4 seasons.