The Calgary Flames continue to entertain calls and inquiries for veteran defenseman Jay Bouwmeester, who became available after the Flames acquired and signed Dennis Wideman, and interest has increased after Ryan Suter came off the free agent market to sign with Minnesota.
The Flames are looking for a top-six scorer in return. Glory be to Jay Feaster if he dump that salary AND get a legitimate forward in return.
Olli Jokinen signed a two-year deal, worth $4.5 million per season with the Winnipeg Jets. David Moss has been snapped up by the Phoenix Coyotes. The Flames also have not re-signed free agents Scott Hannan and Tom Kostopoulos.
The Flames have #3.5M left on the cap, and still need to pay Sven Baertschi his $1.5M. So they’ll likely need to shed some salary if they are planning on making any more moves.
“Jiri Hudler is a highly skilled and dynamic offensive player,” said Flames General Manager Jay Feaster. “He is one of the very best goal scorers in the NHL at even strength and he puts a very high percentage of his shots on net, generating scoring chances for himself and rebound opportunities for his teammates. He fits our need to upgrade and improve our skill and we are very pleased to have him on board.”
Hudler has played 409 career games all with the Detroit Red Wings. Over his seven NHL seasons, he has accumulated 87 goals, 127 assists for 214 points and 160 penalty minutes. Last season Hudler scored a career high 25 goals and added 25 assists for 50 points and 42 penalty minutes in 81 games with the Red Wings. Hudler won a Stanley Cup as a member of the Detroit Red Wings in 2008.
So let’s speculate some lines at this particular moment in time, shall we?
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:
If I were a betting man, I’d say you Calgary blue line in 2012-13 will look like this:
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 Calgary Flames announced they have signed centre Roman Cervenka.
Cervenka played the last two years with Avangard Omsk of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). During the 2010-11 season he received the top goal scorer award, registering 31 goals in 51 games while playing alongside fellow countryman Jaromir Jagr.
Wait, who? That old guy with the mullet who plays for Philly?
He was also selected to play in the KHL All-Star Game collecting more fan votes than any other player in the league.
Cripes, I could play in the KHL All-Star game.
During 2011-12, the Prague native recorded 23 goals during the regular season while notching a league leading 22 points from 11 goals and 11 assists in 20 playoff games. Cervenka has represented the Czech Republic with the national team on multiple occasions. He earned a bronze medal at the 2005 World Junior Championships. He also played at the 2009 IIHF World Championship and the 2010 Winter Olympics.
Okay, I’ll give him that as I’ve yet to play in the Olympics. But there is still time…
With Jackman now out, yes another one, the Calgary Flames have resorted to calling up players from the WHL. Sven Bärtschi, 19, has 33 goals and 61 assists in 47 games.
Why, you ask? Look at this list of injured players:
That is two full lines. Matt Stajan was the number one centre last night… MATT STAJAN!
So the Calgary Flames will honour Al MacInnis by hanging
his jersey a banner in the rafters at the Saddledome. He’ll be the first player honoured under the new “Forever A Flame” program, which will see the sweater numbers of former Flames kept in circulation with the current team. Not retired, honoured.
Why not retire his jersey? Is it because we have such a historic franchise of all-stars that we are running out of numbers? This team has been around for over 30 years and we have two: Vernon’s #30 and Lanny’s #9. Why not do what the Canadiens do and retire the number for a set period of time? Maybe keep the number retired for as long as that player is alive, and it goes back to the franchise upon that players death. So they’d be retired for 40 years or so. And in special circumstances a new player could ask the retired player if he could wear that number. Like if Marty Brodeur were to be traded to the Flames. And he probably will be, a la Grant Fuhr.
Who do you think is going to wear #2 after this anyway? They’d have to be a real jerk. Come to think of it, who has worn #2 for the Flames since MacInnis left? Are we really denying anyone anything? Jamie Allison, Mike Commodore, Alan Letang (who?), Darrel Scoville (again, who?), Darryl Shannon, and Brad Werenka. All due respect to that group of no-names, but denying them the privilege of wearing #2 would have gone unnoticed.
Al MacInnis was a first-round pick of the Flames in 1981, he would go on to be named an all-star eight times in 13 seasons with the team. He also took home the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP when the Flames won the Stanley Cup in 1989. MacInnis continues to hold the franchise record for assists with 609. His number was retired by the St. Louis Blues in 2006 (he was a Flame for longer) and a year later he was inducted to the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Calgary isn’t going to retire his number? Just. Plain. Stupid. Shame on you Calgary Flames brass.
You always hear about the ‘man games lost’ number, which is usually misleading because one game without Sidney Crosby is probably worse than an full season without Raitis Ivan?ns. Who, by the way, played one game for Calgary last season but counted as 81 man-games-lost.
Anyway, this year has been bad, as bad as I can remember. Curtis Glencross, Blair Jones, David Moss, Lee Stempniak and Derek Smith are all injured right now. That’s your entire second line. The second line tonight against the Leafs? Tom Kostopoulos, Mike Cammalleri and Blake Comeau. That line has a combined 18 goals all year, or as much as Mikhail Grabovski – T.O.’s number two centre.
Calgary has 254 man-games-lost due to injury this year (as of Feb 10) which is second most in the league. Second only to Pittsburgh. But they win so they’ll get no sympathy from me. Calgary can’t win with a full roster, much less a decimated one. Feel bad for us!