Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 03/12/13 at 10:43 AM ET
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
The Flames are now officially at the midpoint of their schedule and are six points out of 8th and in 15th place in the conference. They are cooked. Now all eyes will be on the Flames and the approaching April 3 trade deadline. At some point, GM Jay Feaster will have to deal with the Jarome Iginla situation as the captain approaches the end of his contract with the Flames. Why on earth would Iginla stay in Calgary? Why on earth would a team on a collision course with a fourth straight miss of the playoff dance want to do anything but bring in as many valuable young assets as possible? An age-old question as it turns out. Iginla is an obvious asset who would generate significant interest on the trade market.
But who else could be moved? According to Capgeek.com, 11 players on the Flames roster have some form of contractual restriction against being moved. How does that happen? Mike Cammalleri has two years left on his deal at $6 million per year against a salary cap that will drop to $64.3 million next season from a prorated $70.2 million this season. Still, Cammalleri has a history of bringing it in the playoffs, so maybe there’s a fit somewhere if he wanted to move on.
Kiprusoff has another year at a shade more than $5.83 million. Jay Bouwmeester, who has never played a single playoff game in his NHL career, has another season at $6.68 million. Alex Tanguay remarkably has three more years at $3.50 million left on his bloated deal. In other words, lots of big-ticket underachievers available to GMs willing to overlook salary and production in the hopes of beefing up for the postseason. But even as the Flames’ season spirals out of sight, it’s hard to imagine there’ll be much of a silver lining come April 3.
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