Free Agent Open Thread

Kent Wilson
June 30 2010 10:28PM

PHILADELPHIA - APRIL 20: Ilya Kovalchuk #17 of the New Jersey Devils skates against the Philadelphia Flyers in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Wachovia Center on April 20, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Flyers defeated the Devils 4-1 to take a three games to one lead in their best of seven series. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

I was going to prepare a Flames primer to free agency, but decided not to re-invent the wheel when I saw Haley had already done an admiral job of things. Make sure to visit M&G for a thorugh overview.

I have to say, this is perhaps the murkiest July 1 for the Flames I've seen since the lock-out. Previously, whether facing many or few obstacles, the obstacles were at least apparently obvious.

Not so this year. The Flames cap room is not only tenuous but also completely muddied by Dawes (buy-out?)

Kotalik (uh...waived for an as-of-right-now unclear purpose) and pending $3M+ contract of Ian White (maybe?). The lackluster free agent pool makes things even less certain - we know the Flames want "offense", but there's no clear method to acquire the requisite players. Big trade on it's way? Almost every Flame worth anything on the trade market has a NTC. And the club doesn't have much in the way of prospects or draft picks to dangle either.

As such, we enter things almost completely blind. There's a chance the coming week will end without any significant changes whatsoever. And probably an equal chance the face of the team may have been altered irrevocably. We can only sit back and watch as things unfold. And hope.

Anyways, Pat, Bob, Myself and Ross Creek will endeavor to keep up with on-the-spot updates and analysis as things come down tomorrow. Feel free to share you comments, questions, fears, hopes, dreams and reactions in the comments.

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#51 Arik
July 01 2010, 10:31AM
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Bob McKenzie is saying that the theoritical Savard deal is Savard for Regher.

Dammit RossCreek, you beat me to it.

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#52 RossCreekNation
July 01 2010, 10:31AM
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@Brent G.

They're buying Dawes out.

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#54 Brent G.
July 01 2010, 10:32AM
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Speaking of Remarkable how many $$$ is Philly spending on defense? They must be in the Flames level of salaries. I wonder if they can get Carter out of there, they must be short on cap space with Meszaros and Coburn signing.

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#55 Arik
July 01 2010, 10:33AM
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Well this will certainly be a very different team next year if this does happen.

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#58 Arik
July 01 2010, 10:36AM
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Agreed. It's something to be mildly excited about. We might not lose 9 straight games next year!

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#59 Arik
July 01 2010, 10:38AM
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By the way- what's the story on Savard leaving us way back? I hear there's drama/bad feelings involved, but it was before my fan time.

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#60 Brent G.
July 01 2010, 10:39AM
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What does sutter have planned here? There are so many players on this team now. I wonder who's going. Staios better not be seen as a replacement to Regher!

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#62 RossCreekNation
July 01 2010, 10:40AM
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Haha... NMC for Tanguay. I know it doesn't really matter, but its still funny that half the team has NTC/NMC's.

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#63 Robert Cleave
July 01 2010, 10:40AM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

You're forgetting Hagman

I wonder if Hagman is on the move? I don't mind Hagman, but I'd rather have Higgins at his likely price (Tanguay-esque).

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#64 Lawrence
July 01 2010, 10:41AM
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So Tanguay is certainly back...

I'm happy.

Any word on Savard?

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#65 Lawrence
July 01 2010, 10:42AM
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Tanguay deserves another shot. Freakin Keenan, killed him and Kipper.

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#67 Arik
July 01 2010, 10:47AM
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To quote @RussoTrib from Twitter: "So #Flames GM Darryl Sutter, who's job was reportedly in peril, gives no-move to Tanguay as his first move today? Well done"

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#68 RossCreekNation
July 01 2010, 10:47AM
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Mark Spector hinting Georges Laraque could be next...

Le sigh.

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#69 Lawrence
July 01 2010, 10:54AM
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I dunno about this Regehr for Savard idea. I like Savard and all, but that's putting a lot of stock into the idea that Sarich hasn't totally lost it.

Darryl, please sign Sanford to a two-way deal. Please.

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#70 Arik
July 01 2010, 10:55AM
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Lawrence wrote:

I dunno about this Regehr for Savard idea. I like Savard and all, but that's putting a lot of stock into the idea that Sarich hasn't totally lost it.

Darryl, please sign Sanford to a two-way deal. Please.

What about his son?

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#71 Lawrence
July 01 2010, 10:59AM
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@Arik

Huh?

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#72 Arik
July 01 2010, 11:00AM
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Lawrence wrote:

Huh?

Clearly not enough people here grew up watching classic 70's sitcoms...

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#75 Lawrence
July 01 2010, 11:03AM
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@Arik

Dude, I'm worried about Darryl doing something silly. I got no time to think about Sanford and son. That show was junk anyway.

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#76 Arik
July 01 2010, 11:05AM
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Lawrence wrote:

Dude, I'm worried about Darryl doing something silly. I got no time to think about Sanford and son. That show was junk anyway.

It was far superiour to All In the Family. And anyways, I'm just as worried- I just make stupid jokes to pretend like I'm not.

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#77 Gange
July 01 2010, 11:05AM
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@Arik

Kids nowadays. You'd think they'd never seen a junkyard.

I'm not sure how to feel about Savard if that happens. That concussion has my concerned.

Tanguay...I guess we'll see what he has left but 1.7 isn't a train smash.

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#78 Lawrence
July 01 2010, 11:06AM
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Well, we know St.Louis won't be joining the Flames reunion. Not that anyone thought he would be.

Re-ups 4 years in Tampa.

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#79 Gange
July 01 2010, 11:08AM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

Cassie Campbell tweets that the Flames let some scouts go today (didn't renew their contracts). Gut reaction? Good.

Very good. This needs to happen. Darryl's draft record is suspect to say the least.

I'll take Craig Button's draft record over Darryl's

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#80 RossCreekNation
July 01 2010, 11:10AM
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Via Mark Spector...

Sportsnet's Roger Millions hearing Ryan Callahan could be on his way from Rangers to Calgary

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#84 Gange
July 01 2010, 11:14AM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

The Flames scouting staff has been surprisingly static considering their putrid record. Many of them spanned both regimes.

The club needs a change in that area of the org. Here's hoping this helps.

This makes me wonder where Todd Button fits in all this. Do we know who was let go?

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#86 Arik
July 01 2010, 11:15AM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

Penguins added Martin and Michalek today. nice additions.

The only added Michalek, from what I'm reading. They're out of the Martin sweepstakes.

EDIT: Yeah, you beat me to it.

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#88 Gange
July 01 2010, 11:18AM
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Arik wrote:

The only added Michalek, from what I'm reading. They're out of the Martin sweepstakes.

EDIT: Yeah, you beat me to it.

That's a shame. I don't want to see Martin in a Canucks jersey.

I wouldn't mind them signing...say...Laraque though. :)

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#89 RossCreekNation
July 01 2010, 11:19AM
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RossCreekNation wrote:

Via Mark Spector...

Sportsnet's Roger Millions hearing Ryan Callahan could be on his way from Rangers to Calgary

And from Larry Brooks...

People. People. Ryan Callahan is not going to Calgary!

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#90 Lawrence
July 01 2010, 11:22AM
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Is it just me, or is the morning of Canada Day not the perfect time for tracking free agent signings?

That bone-head McGuire says the Tanguay move:

"smacks of desparation"... it's 1.7mil, wtf? McGuire is a moron.

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#91 Gange
July 01 2010, 11:25AM
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Lawrence wrote:

Is it just me, or is the morning of Canada Day not the perfect time for tracking free agent signings?

That bone-head McGuire says the Tanguay move:

"smacks of desparation"... it's 1.7mil, wtf? McGuire is a moron.

Well it is a head scratcher a little bit. However the offence of this team desperately needs a reboot.

My only question is does Tanguay have anything left? How is his shoulder? He could turn out to be a bargain or not but it's only one year.

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#93 Arik
July 01 2010, 11:29AM
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He even got the price. Jesus.

On a sidenote- who's going to decompress tonight with Futurama?

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#94 Lawrence
July 01 2010, 11:30AM
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Tanguay - Stajan? - Iginla Hagman - Langkow? - Bourque Glen X - Backlund - Moss

That looks alright to me. And, you've still got possible additions of Higgins, who knows wtf Kotalik?, Nystrom (doubtful), Dawes (gone?),

That doesn't look that terrible. Fourth liners are a dime a dozen. Or am I living in the past, and the reality is we don't have a first line?

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#95 RossCreekNation
July 01 2010, 11:33AM
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Via Rob Kerr...

Clarification on NYR CAL, I was told to watch Callahan more then Dubinsky, but I am doubtful that NYR has any plans to get rid of either... I understand things are very active upstairs at the Dome right now.

Aww, shucks!

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#96 Lawrence
July 01 2010, 11:34AM
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WTF? Montreal just signed Auld.

Price is gone.

They have Ellis, Auld and Price, something has got to give.

and they gave up Halak... Les Habs, they make no sense to me.

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#97 RossCreekNation
July 01 2010, 11:34AM
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SUNUVA!

Leafs sign Colby Armstrong - 3yrs, $3M per

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#98 Gange
July 01 2010, 11:35AM
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Lawrence wrote:

Tanguay - Stajan? - Iginla Hagman - Langkow? - Bourque Glen X - Backlund - Moss

That looks alright to me. And, you've still got possible additions of Higgins, who knows wtf Kotalik?, Nystrom (doubtful), Dawes (gone?),

That doesn't look that terrible. Fourth liners are a dime a dozen. Or am I living in the past, and the reality is we don't have a first line?

I think if Kotalik wants to play hockey next year he'll either have to toil with the Heat or (the more likely I believe) decide to go back home and find work in the KHL.

I'm sure it's not ownership preference to bury him in the minors but it just might have to happen.

That being said, the dark horse in that race is that he does some soul searching, comes back to camp ready to play, and has a 20ish goal year. What are the chances?? LOL

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#100 RossCreekNation
July 01 2010, 11:36AM
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@Lawrence

Ellis is UFA... I'd look to TB. Him, Mason or maybe Turco there.

Nittymaki to Sharks... DONE.

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