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Flames sign Dennis Wideman, Stempniak, Sarich, Jones, Comeau

30 Jun

The Flames acquired Wideman from the Washington Capitals and signed him to a five-year deal worth $26.25 million — 5.25M/year – making him the second-highest paid defenceman on the team. Soon to be the highest?? I guess we’ll have to wait for the trade market to dictate the future of Jay Bouwmeester.

The Calgary Flames have re-signed right-winger Lee Stempniak and defenceman Cory Sarich to a pair of two-year contract extensions. Stempniak will earn US$5 million, while Sarich agreed to a deal worth $4 million.

With Friday’s re-signing of Cory Sarich, the Calgary Flames now have nine defencemen on one-way contracts, a total that doesn’t reflect T.J. Brodie, who is still on his entry-level (two-way) deal. Here are the other nine rearguards in Calgary:

  • Jay Bouwmeester $6.68M
  • Dennis Wideman $5.25M
  • Mark Giordano $4.02M
  • Anton Babchuk $2.50M
  • Cory Sarich $2.00M
  • Chris Butler $1.25M
  • Derek Smith $.775M
  • Brett Carson $.575M
  • Clay Wilson $.525M

If I were a betting man, I’d say you Calgary blue line in 2012-13 will look like this:

  1. Dennis Wideman – Cory Sarich
  2. Mark Giordano – Chris Butler
  3. T.J. Brodie – Derek Smith

Uh oh.

The Flames also signed centre Blair Jones to a two-year deal worth $1.3 million, and Blake Comeau to a one-year deal worth $1.25M.

 

The Flames pick centre Mark Jankowski 21st overall

23 Jun

But what blockbuster deals did they make you ask? Where is Jay Bouwmeester playing next season? Jokinen? Jagr? Well – at the moment – Calgary, Calgary, and Philly.

Who’s this Jankowski you ask? He is a college player, Stanstead College, in Quebec. Although his 53 goals and 93 points in 57 games sounds impressive, remember that is collegiate hockey. Which is way different than the CHL.

“This guy is a long way away. This guy is raw. We want to make sure we handle his development properly. Whether its two years or three years or four years, that when he gets here he’s ready to go and we’ll play that as it comes.” – Flames Assistant General Manager of Player Personnel, John Weisbrod.

The Flames did make one deals, they traded their first round pick (14th overall) to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for Buffalo’s first round pick (21st overall) and Buffalo’s second round pick (42nd overall) in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

I can’t see how that is a bad deal. I guess we’ll know when we see how good Buffalo’s 14th pick turns out to be. Remember this name: Zemgus Girgensons. That is a real name.

Round
Pick
 Team
 Player
1 21    MARK JANKOWSKI (CENTRE) – STANSTEAD COLLEGE
2 42    Patrick Sieloff (DEFENCE) – USA – U18, USHL
3
75
 
 JON GILLiES (GOALTENDER) – INDIANA, USHL
4
105
 
 BRETT KULAK (DEFENCE) – VANCOUVER GIANTS, WHL
5
124
 
 RYAN CULKIN (DEFENCE) – QUEBEC ReMPARTS, QMJHL
6
165
 
 CODA GORDON (LEFT WING) – SWIFT CURRENT, WHL
7
186
 
 MATTHEW DEBLOUW (FORWARD) – MUSKEGON, USHL

If you’re interested, the biggest move of the day involved the host organization, as the Pittsburgh Penguins traded Jordan Staal to the Carolina Hurricanes for Brandon Sutter, the No. 8 pick in the 2012 draft and defense prospect Brian Dumoulin.

 

Jaromir Jagr a Flame?

21 Jun

From the Globe and Mail:

“Speculation is that once Jagr, a 40-year-old two-time Stanley Cup winner and the 1999 Hart Trophy recipient, lapses into unrestricted free agency on July 1, the Flames will be in there pitching ardent woo, hoping to win his heart and land his decorated but decaying services to play a little right wing and act as a buffer for incoming countryman Roman Cervenka and help with his transition to the North American game.”

Seriously Jay Feaster? Have things gotten that bad? Did Iginla not want to be the old guy on the team, and since whatever he says goes, you went looking for someone older? Chris Chelios not available?

I can’t believe this will happen, I have too much faith in Feaster. Unless Jagr takes a contract like Jokinen did, on Olli’s second go-around with the Flames. For a $1-2M, I’d have him on my team. Actually just his mullet will do.

 

Martin Gelinas rounds out your new coaching staff

14 Jun

The Eliminator returns to Calgary, but this time it isn’t as a clutch playoff performer. This time is more as a crutch to get these under-performers into the playoffs.

Gelinas joins head coach Bob Hartley and fellow assistant coach Jacques Cloutier as the trio that will eventually lead the Flames into the promised land. The post-season.

“I’m happy to be back with the team and the city that I know so well,” said Gelinas, who scored three playoff series-clinching goals in 2004 when the Flames came within a win of claiming the Stanley Cup.“I have so many fond memories of my time as a player in Calgary and my family and I have made it our home ever since. I look forward to contributing to Calgary’s success and being part of a winning team.”

Two words Martin. Keep looking.

 

Flames fire Craig Hartsburg

08 Jun

“At the conclusion of our season, we said that our new coach would be given the privilege to make decisions on his staff,” said Flames General Manager Jay Feaster.

Bob Hartley has already brought Jacques Cloutier on board as his assistant this week.

Was coaching the problem? Clearly not, the Flames have had several different coaches and associate coaches in the three years they’ve missed the playoffs. But will these be the coaches with big enough balls to start cutting veterans? Perhaps that’s the plan.

 
 
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