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Flames re-sign Brendan Morrison to a one-year deal

18 Jul

Well colour me stupified. Espedicially since we already know that his season-ending knee injury will keep him out of action through the start of 2011-12. Although for the price, what have you got to lose? This means that the Flames have 13 forwards committed to one-way contracts without even including Mikael Backlund. MSNBC is reporting that Niklas Hagman will be the odd man out.

The 35-year-old Morrison had nine goals and 34 assists in 66 games with Calgary last season and will make $1.25 million.


Flames sign Derek Smith

14 Jul

The Calgary Flames continue to shore up their defensive corps, signing free agent Derek Smith on Wednesday. The 27-year-old picked up 10 goals and 44 assists in 71 regular season games with the Binghamton Senators, placing him fourth among AHL defencemen. Smith has played in a total of 11 National Hockey League games with the Ottawa Senators

Smith comes to the Flames after a championship season in the American Hockey League. He was inked to a one-year, two-way contract at $700,000.


Flames sign Anton Babchuk instead of Richards

09 Jul

I’ve been on holidays, so I’ve been a little out of the loop. From what I’ve heard, Babchuk has resigned for $2.5M/season for two years, and Brad Richards chose New York over Calgary. I can’t possibly imagine why that is? </sarcasm>

Babchuk is what we got for Phaneuf, pretty much player-for-player. So at $5M less per season, and if Anton keeps performing the same level as Dion, then I guess I can’t hate the trade (or this contract). Yes, it would have been nice to have Richards but really… has he been a show stopper the last couple years? Probably not. Or at least not $60M over 9 years’ worth. And rumor has it that the Flames offered him more than that.

I’ll try to figure out what’s going on and update the site if I hear any new news.


No Richards yet, but Butler signed!

01 Jul

One report says that the Flames have made a presentation to Richards and his agent Friday afternoon. The pitch, apparently, included encouraging words from Jarome Iginla.

Another rumour had them offering Richards a package worth $64 million US over nine years. The Flames have about $7 in cap room left.

Adam Pardy has signed a two-year contract in Dallas for $2 million per season. No word on where Anton Babchuk is going to play next year. And Staios, if anyone is still interested in that.

This is from the Flames’ website:

“On the front of Flames UFA’s, defencemen Anton Babchuk and Adam Pardy had been sent offers before July 1st but neither could come to terms with the club. Pardy signed a two-year deal in Dallas worth $2 million per season while Babchuk is still available.”

The Flames inked restricted free agent Chris Butler to a two-year deal worth $1,250,000 per season and added depth by signing Carter Bancks, Quintin Laing and Joe Piskula.

Feaster did point out that he was pleased that his team had been able to secure a raft of its own unrestricted free agents — including forwards Alex Tanguay and Curtis Glencross, defenceman Brett Carson and goaltender Henrik Karlsson — before Friday.


Robyn Regehr traded to Buffalo, Alex Tanguay signs 5-year deal

25 Jun

The Flames sent Regehr, right wing Ales Kotalik and their second-round draft pick in 2012 to the Sabres for defenseman Chris Butler and center Paul Byron. We didn’t get much in return, but can you believe that the Sabres took back Kotalik? Wow.

Also Alex Tanguay signed a five-year, $17.5 million contract. The 31-year-old will earn $3.5 million annually until he’s 36, if he can last that long. It was the length of the deal that appealed to Tanguay,because after a couple shaky seasons it would be nice to sign a long-term deal based on the most recent solid season.

On draft day, the Flames chose LW Sven Baertschi with their 13th overall pick. The 18-year-old Swiss forward impressed NHL talent scouts for his goal-getting prowess. Last year playing for the Portland Winterhawks of North America’s Western Hockey League (WHL), he led all first year players in scoring with 85 points in 66 games.

The Flames picked twice in the second round, centre Markus Granlund 45th and defenseman Tyler Wotherspoon 57th.  Click here for a list of all Calgary Flames 2011 draft picks.

The best news of all? Ryan Smyth was traded back to the Oilers, and not Calgary. Whew.


It’s draft day! *updated*

24 Jun


Here is the news I’ve heard:

  • The Ryan Smyth to Calgary move cannot happen unless the Flames move someone first to free up some cap room.
  • Speaking of that, Robyn Regher has been asked to waive his no trade clause to go to Buffalo, but no word if he’s agreed to that yet. In return? Flames would get Luke Adam and the Sabres’ 15th overall pick.
  • Can you say a three-way deal with Buffalo and L.A. with Ryan Smyth and Robyn Regher?
  • Alex Tanguay’s agent and the Flames meet again today.
  • The 2011/12 NHL schedule is out. Highlights you ask? Calgary opens the season against Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins on Oct 8, and on Friday, March 9 the Winnipeg Jets visit the Dome. That’s right, it’s officially the Jets.
  • Here is a nice tribute to Harley Hotchkiss from the Flames.

I know you’re dying to know what I think. So here goes.

  • Smyth to Calgary? Are you freakin’ kidding me? Why do we need to be the pasture that former stars are put out to? What a waste of money that would be.
  • Regher to Buffalo? Yup, it is time for him to go. I would let him go for a first round pick.
  • Tanguay? I’d rather he stayed, but it depends on the price.
  • The Winnipeg Jets? How could it have been any other name? Although a Jet by any other name will still be golfing in April.

Henrik Karlsson signs a two-year extension

20 Jun

To work with new goalie coach Clint Malarchuk to knock off Kipper as the number one guy I presume?

Henrik was the ideal back-up last year. He played well the few times he started and he has a great attitude that guys like playing for him. I still think that being a backup is the best deal in hockey, a half million a year to watch hockey at ice level? Sign me up!

In other news Jay Feaster is pleased with having the 13th pick, he’s still willing to listen to all offers from other teams. Maybe we could trade down to 14th to off-load Jokinen?


Brett Carson signs two-year deal

10 Jun

Brett Carson inked a one-way, two year deal worth $1.15 million with the Calgary Flames. The 25-year-old has two goals and 10 assists in 78 career NHL games.

The deal pays Carson $550,000 next season, and $600,000 in 2012-13. Carson was originally acquired by the Flames off waivers from Carolina in February.

“Based on his solid play at the end of last season, we believe Brett can be an every day defenseman for us,” said Flames general manager Jay Feaster. “In our end-of-season meetings, a number of our top forwards commented on his consistent ability to get the puck to them in transition, and we are confident he will continue to develop his overall game.”


Flames lose first-round pick Tim Erixon for former 5th round pick

01 Jun

Wait what? We only have so very few of those, why are we trading him away?

According to Erixon, he simply didn’t see a future here, telling Feaster he thought young players didn’t get a chance in Calgary — a horrible reputation to tag a franchise with.

However, making the best of a bad situation, instead of getting a second round compensatory pick (54th overall) from the league had Erixon gone back into the draft, Feaster got two second rounders from the Rangers (projected at 43rd and 57th).

Feaster explains why: “Once we realized that we were not going to be able to come to terms with Tim Erixon, we wanted to make sure we turned that pick into an asset,” said Flames General Manager Jay Feaster. “We are excited to be able to get a player of Roman [Horak]’s caliber in addition to landing two second round picks in the upcoming draft.”

Although Horak’s 26 goals and 52 assists for 78 points in 64 games in the AHL is nothing to sneeze at.


Modin announces retirement

19 May

Freddy Modin announced his retirement today, much to fanfare of nothing and no one. What did he play? 6 games? Let me check… nope, four. Four games. In those four games he recorded no goals and no assists for no points. Plus he racked up a whopping 2 minutes in penalties. Oh how he will be missed.

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