The bar’s been set, the Flames are paying $3.1M/year for third liners. That’s the kind of money it’s going to take to keep a veteran in the City during a rebuild. Reading into this further, does this mean that everyone (except for Monahan of course) is potential trade bait?
At the beginning of the year you would have never though that names like Glencross and Giordano were candidates for finding rebuilding assets. But with Stajan sticking around for four years, how many veteran leaders do you really need on a team? And wait… when did Stajan become one of those?
If it were up to me, and I just want to assure you that it isn’t, I’d trade Hudler (you’ve got him under a very attractive contract, $4M/year for two more years), Stempniak and Cammalleri right off the bat. Both Stempniak and Cammalleri are UFAs at the end of the year so they’ll be gone one way or the other anyway.
Galiardi and David Jones both should go. Galiardi is an RFA at the end of the year. Jones’ $4M contract is going to make it hard to move him, so that one may be difficult. Who ever decided on $4M for Jones? Holy moly.
Butler, Russell, and Smid are all good as gone. Butler and Russel are UFAs anyway, so we’re losing them at the end of the year (probably).
So what about Ramo and Berra? They’ve shown they can be serviceable backups, but you can always find a goalie when you need one. Right now, we don’t need one. So keep them, trade them, doesn’t matter.
So who do you keep? Obviously Monahan. But I think Backlund has shown that he can be the second-line centre we all hoped he would be. Wideman isn’t likely going anywhere, and I’m okay with that. Brodie should stay, he’s y0ung and has potential – isn’t that what we’re after?
That leaves captain Giordano. I’d really like to keep him, he’s a great defenceman and has proven to be a great leader as well. So I say keep him, but if the right offer were to come up, then the changing of the guard begins… again.