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Flames Sign Lundmark & Jaffray

Calgary, AB – Calgary Flames General Manager Darryl Sutter announced today the signing of forwards Jamie Lundmark and Jason Jaffray. 

Lundmark, a native of Edmonton, Alberta, is in his second stint with the Calgary Flames after spending parts of the 2005-06 and 2006-07 season with the Flames. Last season, Lundmark played 27 games with Calgary scoring eight goals and adding eights assists for 16 points and 17 penalty minutes. Lundmark has amassed 259 career NHL games over his career split between New York Rangers, Phoenix Coyotes, Los Angeles Kings, and the Calgary Flames.

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Do You Consider The Flames As The Favorite?

from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail,

Say this about the hockey media. They like busy.

Many of the hockey-panel shows and instant analysts in the blogosphere were quick to anoint the Calgary Flames as the early winners in the NHL rearmament race after the Flames signed defenceman Jay Bouwmeester to a five-year, $33-million (all currency U.S.) contract. “I think he’s the best defenceman out there,” Jay Feaster, former general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning, said on TSN. “They got him. I think they’re the best defence in the West right now.”

These would be the same Flames who were anointed Stanley Cup favourites by the same voices at the trade deadline when they picked up “big centre” Olli Jokinen and mobile defenceman Jordan Leopold. Former player Matthew Barnaby was one of the few to point out Jokinen’s liabilities; on TSN he called the Finnish centre a “cancer”. Many other talking heads glossed over Jokinen’s fabled lack of industry, however.

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Afternoon Line

When Darryl Sutter was asked if the team was still in the market for a tough guy, he responded, “I’m the enforcer.”

More on the Flames from Scott Cruickshank of the Calgary Herald.

Also, in case you missed it earlier today, the Flames signed Garth Murray this morning.

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Flames Sign Fredrik Sjostrom

Calgary, AB – Calgary Flames General Manager Darryl Sutter announced today the signing of forward Fredrik Sjostrom.

“Freddie is a reliable two way player”, said Sutter. “We are happy to add him to our group as we identify him as a player who plays our style of game.”

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Bouwmeester Arrives With A Decent Price Tag

from George Johnson of the Calgary Herald,

Astonishing at it might seem, Sutter probably even underpaid.

In the hockey market, understand, Jay Bouwmeester’s a Picasso or a Rodin. These types of players don’t simply drop out of the sky and into your lap: A 25-year-old stud defenceman stuck in the bright and balmy, but still deadened hockey market of south Florida, who, you get the feeling, has yet to unearth the full might of his vast potential. A star who, in a nurturing environment, could be a super-duper-star.

Why, they’re rarer than photos of Darryl Sutter smiling.

The addition of Bouwmeester now provides the Flames with a Big Three—including Robyn Regehr and Dion Phaneuf—the envy of any organization around. This acquisition undoubtedly means adios to UFA Adrian Aucoin, and leaves the Flames’ blueline also manned by battle-scarred old warrior Cory Sarich and the handy Mark Giordano. If Sutter can get the young and improving Adam Pardy re-signed, it’s a very solid group.

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Report- Bouwmeester Agrees To Terms In Calgary

via TSN,

Sources tell TSN Jay Bouwmeester has agreed to terms with the Calgary Flames.

Bouwmeester avoids unrestricted free agency, agreeing to a 5 year deal.

added 8:34pm,

Calgary, AB - Calgary Flames General Manager Darryl Sutter announced today the signing of defenseman Jay Bouwmeester to a multi-year agreement.

The Flames acquired Bouwmeester on June 27, 2009 from the Florida Panthers in exchange for Jordan Leopold and the 67th pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

“Jay is one of the most complete defenseman in the game, and we are very pleased to have reached an agreement that will make him an important component of the Calgary Flames success,” said Sutter. “We identified Jay as the priority player where we were going to focus our money. We wanted an opportunity a few days in advance of the deadline, and that’s why we made the move we did this past weekend.”

“I am happy to have this deal done as Calgary was a team I was very interested in playing for. I was encouraged by the commitment Calgary showed by acquiring me prior to July 1,” said Bouwmeester. “I am familiar with some of the players and believe we have a strong club that is poised to make the next step in becoming a championship club. I look forward to contributing to that success.”

added 8:42pm, TSN has added this to their story from above,

Bouwmeester avoids unrestricted free agency, agreeing to a 5 year deal worth $6.6 million per year against the salary cap.

 

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Your Daily Bouwmeester Talk

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

Local agent Byron Baltimore has talked to Calgary general manager Darryl Sutter twice in the last two days and he is expected to make Bouwmeester an offer before Wednesday’s 10 a.m. MDT opening of the free-agent marketplace. The Flames acquired Bouwmeester’s negotiating rights from the Florida Panthers on Saturday.

If they want to sign Bouwmeester, 25, the youngest and arguably biggest free agent prize out there, the Flames appear to be restricted in how much money they can pay the Edmonton-born defenceman.

That’s because Flames captain Jarome Iginla, one of the top-10 players in the league, took a hometown discount when he signed his latest deal with Calgary for five years at $7 million per year. The optics of paying Bouwmeester more than Iginla would not be good.

So does that put the Flames out of the running for the smooth skating defenceman?

Not necessarily.

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More Talks With Bouwmeester Today

from Steve MacFarlane of the Calgary Sun,

Both Jarome Iginla and Robyn Regehr made calls to the Edmonton native before Sutter travelled north up the QEII yesterday for a face-to-face meeting with Bouwmeester and agent Bryon Baltimore.

Baltimore said another meeting will take place today in Edmonton.

“We had some discussions about the overall situation,” Baltimore said last night. “I think we have a reasonable understanding of each other.

“We’ll see what transpires.”...

The notion Bouwmeester has another level of excellence in him is what makes signing the 25-year-old a massive priority for Sutter and the Flames. If he hits free agency tomorrow, teams will throw ridiculous amounts of dollars his way.

Few may be able to offer the balance the Flames sport, with a winning team and a special environment in addition to a solid amount of money.

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Alberta Rumors

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

So, here’s the rumour:

The Calgary Flames add Jay Bouwmeester, then flip Dion Phaneuf to Ottawa for Dany Heatley.

They lose some offence from the blue-line in the transaction, but bring in a local boy who scores 50 goals up front. And the salary cap hit in losing Phaneuf and gaining Heatley only costs GM Darryl Sutter $1 million.

Senators GM Bryan Murray gets the offensive defenceman he covets and can justifiably grant Heatley his trade request, and everyone is happy….

Meanwhile, 300 km up Highway 2, rumours persist that Edmonton GM Steve Tambellini is shopping one of his four offensive defenceman in an attempt to kickstart the rebuild in Edmonton.

We’re hearing Sheldon Souray to Los Angeles — where his children live with his ex-wife, a long distance relationship that Souray has found taxing through two seasons in Northern Alberta. The package coming back would include defenceman Jack Johnson, and we’re guessing a forward with some grit, like a Wayne Simmonds.

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Another Rumor Shot Down

from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

With his client’s first shot at unrestricted free agency only a couple of sleeps away, Bryon Baltimore won’t let it be known where Jay Bouwmeester stands.

At least not to the media in regards to negotiations with the Calgary Flames.

However, Baltimore was willing to shoot down any rumours of a deal already being in place between the Flames and the defenceman.

One infamous Internet site claimed yesterday a deal with a cap hit of US$6.3 million was in place, which had tongues wagging among Flames fans.

“I can dispel that rumour,” Baltimore said from Edmonton. “We have not agreed to anything because we haven’t even talked yet.”

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Remember folks, THAT blogger only wants site hits so be prepared for stuff like this in the next few days.  Also, someone should ask him about his ‘breaking’ story of the Lightning drafting Ashton Carter (yes I know it is Carter Ashton, but he didn’t) on Friday night.  I would point it out to you on his Twitter and website, but he deleted both posts.

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