All Things Flaming C
by Scooter Kelly on 07/05/12 at 12:55 AM ET
Jay Feaster and his team of clandestine wiseguys have pulled off a couple major acquisitions in the past week. Dennis Wideman came aboard before the draft for a 5th rounder and a spare part (they needed a roster spot.) He was compensated with a $26M/ 5 year deal. I’m thinking his number would have been higher on the open market once one views the hype de resistance of the Ryan Suter deal. 13 years/$98M for a very good defenseman that tallied 46 points. There is another player that we’ve talked about that had 46 points last season. That player is Dennis Wideman.
The haters were bellyaching that Calgary paid too much, committed too long, and basically are making the same mistakes that the Sutterites made in the days of yawn. In hindsight, it may appear that this was an astute play. He’s also slow-playing the whole Jay Bouwmeester trade potential as deftly as an adolescent sneaking in after hours. The market has gone way up for a puck-moving defenseman of Jay Bo’s ilk, and it appears there may be a few serious suitors for his services. While St.Louis was mentioned pre-draft, the other potentials will not be mentioned as gossip simply breeds more gossip. (Detroit).
Jiri Hudler was the other high level UFA the Flames signed. He comes in at 4 yr/$16M and was not overpaid by today’s standards. He had 25 goals, 25 apples and everyone in Cowtown knows he scored 23 even strength markers. Some GM’s even claim he is one of the top even strength players in the” Chell”. See: The GM that signed him may have made that claim. Today’s big name forward that signed was the diminutive Zac Parise. He also received a 13 yr/$98M gift from the Minnesota Wild (if you haven’t signed up for Twitter just yet.) He was able to muster 31 snipes and 38 passes for goals in 82 games, in arguably the biggest season of his career (his UFA season.). Congrats in advance to the Wild for the 13 year deals. We know that everyone is gets what they want with these long term marriages.
The stats that the Wild signed look like this…161 games, 38 goals, 77 assists (115 points) and plus 10. Calgary signed, to little fanfare, 163 games, 36 goals, 60 assists (96 points) and a plus 2. The dollars work out to $15 million a season to $9.5 M a season. Those are averages of the 4 players involved. Doesn’t seem like such a bad couple signings after all does it?
Feel the crimson tide,
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