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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.
from Steve MaFarlane of the Calgary Sun,
But none of the whispers have included Alex Tanguay’s name.
At least, not yet.
If the Calgary Flames want to make a splash this weekend, Tanguay is the biggest bargaining chip they’ve got.
But anyone who believes the club should be peddling the left-winger needs to give their head a shake.
Globe & Mail writers Matthew Sekeres, Eric Duhatschek, Allan Maki and Tim Wharnsby have put to together an assessment of the draft situation for all six Canadian teams. They take a look at each team’s available picks, specific needs, salary cap space and the progress of their top picks from last year.
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from Russo’s Rants,
It looks like Calgary’s re-signed Langkow already at four years, $20 million — which the Wild wouldn’t have offered anyway. The Flames just can’t announce the deal until July 1 because it puts them over the $50.3 million cap, and the cap doesn’t go up until July 1 (like why the Wild and Bruins had to hold off on the Manny Fernandez trade at last year’s Draft; the trade put the Bruins over the cap until July 1).
This isn’t written in stone. It just appears this way because reporters in Calgary keep referring to Langkow like he’s already signed.
– As for Olli Jokinen, the Flames have bigtime interest in reuniting the Florida captain with Mike Keenan, but they would have to dump a giant salary to get him — probably Alex Tanguay.
more and some other NHL bits…
From Steve Tilley via the Ottawa Sun,
Sun Media can exclusively reveal that the high-scoring, hard-hitting Calgary Flames defenceman will be the cover athlete for NHL 09, slated for release in September for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2 and Xbox 360 game consoles.
“There are always a lot of options for who we want on our cover, and Phaneuf was a perfect choice for us this year,” said David Littman, lead producer of NHL 09. As with recent years, the game is being developed at EA Canada’s sprawling studio near Vancouver.
“He was very positive, and he was pretty pumped about being able to be on the cover,” Littman said of the Edmonton-born Phaneuf, 23, who has played three standout NHL seasons so far with the Flames.
Note: If you’re the superstitious-type, here’s a recap on the “EA Sports NHL Curse” from Sports Illustrated. Perhaps Phaneuf will be one of the lucky ones.
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