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via press release:
Calgary Flames General Manager Darryl Sutter announced today the signing of free agent forward Todd Bertuzzi.
“Todd is a proven scorer with the ability to play both wings,” said Sutter. “He expressed to us that he wanted to play in Canada and that desire along with signing him to a one year deal was important to our philosophy. He wanted to play on a good team and it fit our money. Additionally, our captain, Jarome Iginla, was a strong supporter of Todd and wanted him on our team.”
added 1:30pm (Paul), from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
So naturally, your first thought is, what could they possibly be thinking?
How could the Calgary Flames, with their eyes wide open, possibly sign Todd Bertuzzi to a one-year contract with the NHL team? After all that happened — the Steve Moore incident and the persistent distraction that it had become; the decline in production, the injuries — after all that, how could the Flames assume the risk of putting Bertuzzi in their line-up next season, a year in which they legitimately think they can challenge for a Stanley Cup?
The official explanations will be coming later today, on a conference call with the general manager, Darryl Sutter, but let’s start with a couple of threads that need to be pulled.
1:44pm ET: Bertuzzi’s salary is $1.95 million (per TSN’s tracker).
from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,
GM Darryl Sutter is not buying the theory the Flames, as they appear today, are no different from the 2007-08 squad.
“If they do that, they’re guys that are out on the golf course and write something, but don’t really know much about our team,” Sutter said yesterday.
“But that doesn’t really bother me. I fully understand how ignorant they are.”
From Jean Lefebvre at Flames Insider,
The Calgary Flames have raided the roster of their northern rivals. The club today will officially announce the signing of Edmonton Oilers forward Curtis Glencross (see last night’s entry for more details), who scored 15 goals in 62 games this past season.
No terms yet, but one unconfirmed report suggested the deal is for three years and $3.2 million.
The Flames are also expected to announce the signing of incumbent defenceman Jim Vandermeer.
Update 12:55pm ET: The above signings have been confirmed by the Flames via press releases a few minutes ago. Additionally, the Flames also signed Peter Vandermeer.
From the Calgary Flames:
Calgary Flames General Manager Darryl Sutter announced today the signing of defenseman Mark Giordano.
“Mark is an NHL player and we are glad to have him back,” said Sutter. “He was a good player when he left to play in Russia and has improved playing against European players on the larger ice. He is a year older and year more mature.”
from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,
Darcy Tucker, a Calgary Flame.
Love it or hate it, it might just be a perfect fit.
No, it hasn’t happened yet and, no, we’re not suggesting it absolutely will.
But you can bet it’s a possibility—an intriguing one—GM Darryl Sutter is looking into as he prepares for the start of the free agent freeze Tuesday.
After all, Sutter tried to trade for Tucker just a few years back.
Calgary Flames General Manager Darryl Sutter announced today the resigning of centres Craig Conroy and Daymond Langkow, left wing Eric Nystrom and goaltender Curtis McElhinney.
“Conroy and Langkow are two of our top centermen who are strong role models for our team both on and off the ice” said Sutter. “Especially with more young wingers in our line-up next season, their experience and leadership will be important. We are happy to be able to make it work by fitting them into our salary structure.”
from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Calgary Herald,
Dead Money Walking. Welcome to the world of paying players NOT to play in the NHL. And the lingering effects of their buyouts against the salary caps for teams such as the Flames.
To find a willing buyer for the contracts of Rhett Warrener, Marcus Nilson and Anders Eriksson, the Flames put them on waivers Thursday, the first step to buying out one, two or all three of them on their contracts. Rather than subject you to NHL algebra, here’s the skinny on buyouts: the Flames will assume approximately $3.3 million in dead salary-cap space if all three are bought out—or about $1.65 million per year for the next two years
The Calgary Flames began their house cleaning on Thursday, placing defenceman Rhett Warrener and Anders Eriksson and forward Marcus Nilson on waivers.
Nilson, a nine-year veteran, signed a two-year, $2 million contract extension with the Flames last summer.
from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Calgary Herald,
Knowing the panicked proclivity of teams seeking a PR splash, Marian Hossa, Bryan Campbell, Ryan Malone, Sean Avery and even Mr. Huselius will find themselves rich boys by the time September rolls around. Given the fulsome praise heaped on him every night of the Stanley Cup final by Don Cherry, Gary Roberts should break the UFA mint as well. (No? How could Don be wrong?)
Once again, the NHL has achieved the neat trick of creating scarcity in free agents, a sure recipe for overpaying the likes of Hossa, Huselius, Pavol Demitra or Avery.
from Steve MacFarlane of the Calgary Sun,
Alex Tanguay got his wish.
Of course, he played a major role it making it come true.
The frustrated former Calgary Flames left-winger was traded to the Montreal Canadiens last night along with a fifth-round pick for the Habs’ 25th overall pick and a second-rounder next year.
Covering his bases, Flames general manager Darryl Sutter first made sure he got a star to fill the space that would be left by Tanguay by picking up the crafty Mike Cammalleri, plus the 48th overall pick in this year’s draft, from the Los Angeles Kings.
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