I don’t know much about Shane O’Brien, but from what I can remember he plays a similar style to Sarich – but he’s younger. So I guess trading a guy who’s getting close to the end, for a younger version of a guy who’s getting close to the end, is a good deal.
David Jones used to be someone people were talking about. And then he came out and had a pretty lacklustre year last year. Before that, Jones had 20 goals the year before and 27 goals the year before that. Clearly the Flames are hoping there is still some of that 20-goal-man left in him.
The downside of this deal is the money. Tanguay had three years left on a contract that pays $3.5 million per year, and Sarich has one year left at $2 million. That’s $12.5M in three years.
On Calgary’s side, Jones had three years left on a contract paying $4 million per, and O’Brien two years at $2 million each. That’s $16M in three years.
Actaully, that’s pretty close to a wash. I guess we’ll see how Tangs does compared to Jones next year. If we can get the Saddledome pumped out by then.