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by Paul on 06/27/09 at 02:42 PM ET
from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,
Sutter will have to knock the socks off Bouwmeester’s agent, Bryon Baltimore, to keep him from exploring free agency on July 1, the course of action the pair has planned all along. That means something like a decade-long deal with an average cap hit somewhere in the $6.5-$7 million range. That’s a hefty chunk of change in and of itself, but even more problematic considering what looks to be a tight cap situation in Calgary.
It appears as though the Flames will have at least $9.3 million coming off the cap on July 1 when the contracts of Adrian Aucoin ($4 million), Mike Cammalleri ($3.35 million) and Todd Bertuzzi ($1.95 million) expire. That creates enough room for Bouwmeester, but creates several other holes, especially up front where the Flames have just four legitimate top-six forwards…
added 1:12pm, Calgary clears some cap room by trading Vandermeer to Phoenix for Prust. Trade clears almost $2M in cap space.
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