Flames Sign David Wolf (And Other Stuff)

Ryan Pike
May 12 2014 11:39AM

The Flames have added some beef, as the team has added German winger David Wolf to a one-year contract.

Wolf, 24, was signed to the max entry-level contract length he can be under the CBA (1 year), and it has a cap hit of $925,000. His best attribute is his size (and meanness), as he's listed as 6'3", 215 pounds.

He makes the leap to North America after five years in the DEL, the main German league, playing with the Hannover Scorpions and the Hamburg Freezers. He amassed 128 points and 552 penalty minutes in 248 DEL games. He's represented Germany at the World Under-18s and the World Juniors previously.

Before you panic, remember: it's a two-way deal, and he's never been out of Germany. This is probably an AHL move and if he's decent, they can extend him. Players with size and a reputation for being tough customers now include Wolf, Bryce van Brabant, Michael Ferland and maybe Patrick Sieloff.

Anyhow, it's a one-year deal, and one contract out of 50. It's quite low-risk. The Flames presently have 34 players under contract for 2014-15.

OTHER NEWS

Sven Baertschi broke a rib in Switzerland's opening World Championship game and will miss the rest of the tournament. Johnny Gaudreau (USA), Jiri Hudler (Czechs), Mikael Backlund (Sweden) and Sean Monahan (Canada) all remain in Belarus for the Worlds.

Former Flame Roman Horak is headed to the KHL, signing with HC Vityaz. He's a pending restricted free agent of the Edmonton Oilers, and him signing elsewhere this early suggests a doubt somewhere that he could be in the NHL with them next year. Horak's been in North America for five seasons - two with WHL Chilliwack, and three years pro between Calgary, Edmonton, Abbotsford and Oklahoma City.

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Ryan Pike is a Calgary native and FlamesNation's managing editor. He's covered the Flames and the NHL since 2010. His work can also be found at The Hockey Writers and The Wrestling Observer.
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#51 BobbyO
May 12 2014, 08:41PM
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gussey wrote:

I used to have to work security at concerts in red deer when I was playing rugby and I had to remove phaneuf for being a drunk a-hole. He was not pleasant to deal with. I was happy to see him traded from the flames and have no desire to see him in red in the future. It wouldn't hurt my feelings to see him playing with the oilers for sure. They could probably use him, but like Toronto he would be put in a role over his head as the #1 dman. He would really fit in a place like LA or minnesota where he could be used as an offensive specialist 2nd pairing guy. Thats a tough contract to absorb though. He reminds me of an overhyped Dennis wideman.

I would take spezza in a minute if he was up for grabs. Maybe for glencross and a 2nd rounder..

You would give up a long term cap friendly player(solid 2nd liner) and a second rounder (I assume the 2015 talent ridden draft) for an overpaid inconsistent goal scorer with 1 year remaining on his contract? Oh..almost forget he has had MAJOR back surgery as well!

hmmm....your fired!!

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#52 ultrathinzigzags
May 12 2014, 09:00PM
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Wolf..The heir to Grats throne!! So happy..Oilers be dropping like flies soon! He needz a Kamerad though..Enter Draisaitl with some luck! Ja!

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#53 Chambers
May 12 2014, 09:00PM
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David Wolf actually has some decent numbers.

Before I get too excited I would ask FN fans if anyone has credible knowledge regarding the quality of hockey and the league that he played in??

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#54 Howie Meeker
May 12 2014, 09:31PM
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...:). I would have to call this a very smart move by Brian/Brad (the real Killer B's today). By signing a 6'3" 215 pound german winger this will ensure that our friends from Edmonton will not let Draisaitl past No. #3 so the Flames should end up with either Reinhart or Bennett. And if not...how much fun will it be to see a line of Wolf/Draisaitl/Sven, great days ahead.

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#55 Chambers
May 12 2014, 09:43PM
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@Howie Meeker

Oh I see now..the Flames want Bennett so badly they signed Wolf as a smokescreen so the Oilers can bite on Drasaitl...astute strategy indeed!

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#56 gussey
May 12 2014, 09:45PM
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BobbyO wrote:

You would give up a long term cap friendly player(solid 2nd liner) and a second rounder (I assume the 2015 talent ridden draft) for an overpaid inconsistent goal scorer with 1 year remaining on his contract? Oh..almost forget he has had MAJOR back surgery as well!

hmmm....your fired!!

I'm fired eh... spezza has scored 668 points in 667 games. You say that's inconsistent? That's a pt a game pal. Oh and he's a #1 center that we don't have and have not had since the 90s. Glencross is a 2nd line left winger, do we have anyone who can fill that role I wonder? Possibly Guadreau, Beartshi, Granlund, Poirier, Hudler or Galliardi. Bob MacKenzie was saying ottawa is looking for 1st, prospect and roster player, glencross and a 2nd is hardly overpayment.

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#57 Burnward
May 12 2014, 09:54PM
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@gussey

I'd take Spezza if the price is right. But, I believe this team is closer to being relevant than a lot of other people, I think.

Solid D corps, Ramo proved he can play in this league, some good veteran depth, promising youth, and a strong team work ethic.

When healthy last year, they played with anyone.

And at 30, it's not like Spezza is ancient. He's got five years at least left. His health is a concern, but that could hurt the seller more than the buyer.

He's also very good at hockey.

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#58 redricardo
May 12 2014, 10:24PM
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@ BJ

I understand what you're saying. I respectfully completely disagree.

Putting out lines with guys that can punch in faces but bleed scoring chances doesn't help a young players development. Players develop good habits by learning how to play good hockey. If you're a young player that gets to play on a good team vs a young player with the pressure to make up for a fourth line full of nuclear deterrents that spend the whole time in their zone giving up shots and taking penalties...

There is no evidence that suggests Goons protect young players or influence games. Big players that can play hockey too (like Lucic) are another story...

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#59 T&A4Flames
May 12 2014, 10:24PM
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gussey wrote:

I'm fired eh... spezza has scored 668 points in 667 games. You say that's inconsistent? That's a pt a game pal. Oh and he's a #1 center that we don't have and have not had since the 90s. Glencross is a 2nd line left winger, do we have anyone who can fill that role I wonder? Possibly Guadreau, Beartshi, Granlund, Poirier, Hudler or Galliardi. Bob MacKenzie was saying ottawa is looking for 1st, prospect and roster player, glencross and a 2nd is hardly overpayment.

Has everyone just forgotten that we are in a rebuild??! Like, WTF is going on with people making up all these trade proposals for these post apex players? We're not getting Spezza for an aging winger and a 2nd. Besides why do even that? If that's what gets him it's not like we're going to be able to turn it around for a 1st.

People, please stop dreaming of a Stanley cup run next year and start preparing for another losing year. We have AT LEAST one more losing year before we even make the playoffs and certainly any kind of run in them.

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#60 Baalzamon
May 12 2014, 11:01PM
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Yeah, those are the kinds of trades the Flames should be making when they're on the upswing, to take them over the top. Not now when it won't make an appreciable difference in team fortunes and will make them much worse in even the moderate-run.

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#61 Burnward
May 12 2014, 11:03PM
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Not directed at anyone in particular, just interested.

I despise the term "post-apex" player. Am I alone in this one?

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#62 KetchupKid
May 12 2014, 11:24PM
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Burnward wrote:

Not directed at anyone in particular, just interested.

I despise the term "post-apex" player. Am I alone in this one?

As a 35-year-old, I'm not crazy about it on a personal level. As a fan of a team that's in the early stages of a rebuild, I find it to be a pretty pertinent label.

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#63 Danglesnipecelly
May 12 2014, 11:28PM
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I'm sure the joke has already been made but if we can get Mitch Wahl back...

Wolf - Wahl - Street would be a great AHL line.

Cross marketing opportunities abound!

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#64 Burnward
May 12 2014, 11:34PM
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AKA: The White line?

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#65 T&A4Flames
May 12 2014, 11:40PM
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Danglesnipecelly wrote:

I'm sure the joke has already been made but if we can get Mitch Wahl back...

Wolf - Wahl - Street would be a great AHL line.

Cross marketing opportunities abound!

Haha. Especially with them moving to NY.

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#66 loudogYYC
May 13 2014, 12:41AM
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Burnward wrote:

Not directed at anyone in particular, just interested.

I despise the term "post-apex" player. Am I alone in this one?

I hate it. It reminds me of Bumbling Batman & Robin and their I'm smarter than you attitude that almost landed us Brad Richards for 9 years and no Sean Monahan.

Regarding Spezza and Phaneuf coming out west, this is great news for us as long as they don't end up here. Edmonton is a great fit for Phaneuf, my guess is he ends up there.

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#67 BobbyO
May 13 2014, 07:15AM
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I'm fired eh... spezza has scored 668 points in 667 games. You say that's inconsistent? That's a pt a game pal. Oh and he's a #1 center that we don't have and have not had since the 90s. Glencross is a 2nd line left winger, do we have anyone who can fill that role I wonder? Possibly Guadreau, Beartshi, Granlund, Poirier, Hudler or Galliardi. Bob MacKenzie was saying ottawa is looking for 1st, prospect and roster player, glencross and a 2nd is hardly overpayment.

Your not getting your job back...you didn't address the serious injury issues that Spezza has had. Does that not concern you??

Your like Darryl Sutter...giving up 2nd rounders like there popcorn! In a rebuilding year and in the strongest NHL draft in recent memory do you not think 2nd rounders would come in handy? What will Spezza do for you in a rebuilding year other than help you go from 27th overall to possible 25th? 24th?

Have you not learned from your "Sutter" strategy...can you remember when the Flames made the playoffs last...26th overall and 27th overall the last couple of years? You still chose to employ that failure strategy?

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#68 BJ
May 13 2014, 07:17AM
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@redricardo

You are right... there is no statistical evidence that goons protect young players... thats why you should ask the players themselves... if you havent experienced the physicality of pro sports im afraid you just dont get it and never will... but ask Cammi how he feels about it.

I wasnt suggesting we fill our fourth line with goons or even play Mcgratton every game.

These only play a few minutes a game so the scoring chances against arent really a concern. I wasnt suggesting Mcgratton play on Gaudreaus line or anything like that.

However bad you think having a mcgratton is... injuries will hurt us worse.

I think a lot of people dont understand yhat these are the formative years of our prospects... bleeding scoring chances is not an issue right now... developing our players is.

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#69 BJ
May 13 2014, 07:22AM
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I just wrote that there is no way for stats to measure that. Ask the players themselves... what it is like to play without an enforcer... how other teams will try to bully you and intimidate you.Watch the Bruins.

Ask the players themselves... these guys know more than you or any of the bloggers on this site.

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#70 piscera.infada
May 13 2014, 07:47AM
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Your not getting your job back...you didn't address the serious injury issues that Spezza has had. Does that not concern you??

Your like Darryl Sutter...giving up 2nd rounders like there popcorn! In a rebuilding year and in the strongest NHL draft in recent memory do you not think 2nd rounders would come in handy? What will Spezza do for you in a rebuilding year other than help you go from 27th overall to possible 25th? 24th?

Have you not learned from your "Sutter" strategy...can you remember when the Flames made the playoffs last...26th overall and 27th overall the last couple of years? You still chose to employ that failure strategy?

I completely agree re: not trading picks and young players away for Spezza - the guy is surely to be trending down by the time this team is competitive. I also have serious doubts that if you placed him on the team next year (with the additions of this years draft pick - likely a centre), he makes the Flames appreciably better. Is he a first line centre? Yes. But for now, Backlund can eat those minutes, and maybe you continue to see growth from him. Thus, all Spezza really does for the Flames next year is clog up the centre ice position.**

My hope, is that come mid-season Monahan can handle second line duty, with (ragin') Stajan playing 3/4 minutes, leaving more skilled wingers (than Grats and Westgarth/replacement) for a younger centre to develop when he's ready to step in. If not, you still have Stajan playing second-line minutes - not the end of the world.

But seriously, let's not already start the whole "next year's draft is the most skilled in a decade" talk already. Let's at least see how everything settles outside the top-2 before we start that nonsense again.

**As an aside: If this were the Iggy-epoch, Spezza definitely makes sense - someone mentioned the "number one centre" syndrome. The thing is, at this point, it makes way more sense to see if we can develop one in-house. If not, you by all means start looking (but, for a young number 1 - a la Joe Thornton years ago, to San Jose). Point is, we just drafted Monahan, and it looks like we're drafting another high first-round centre this year.

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#71 Veggie Dog
May 13 2014, 09:03AM
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BJ wrote:

I just wrote that there is no way for stats to measure that. Ask the players themselves... what it is like to play without an enforcer... how other teams will try to bully you and intimidate you.Watch the Bruins.

Ask the players themselves... these guys know more than you or any of the bloggers on this site.

Don't you think there is room for stats that find new ways to measure performance? I think most teams are paying attention to this stuff now, and if you refuse, you are sort of missing the boat. Maybe it isn't the magic tool for building a champ, but I would rather put my faith in it than some dinosaur scout/ GM/ Coach shouting Beef!Truculence! Grit!

Take a look at teams like Toronto that have a coach and maybe management that publicly deride the stats. Early in the season Carlyle was winning and he was fairly smug in his disdain. Later in the season as the wheels came off and, inexplicably to those in Toronto, their team royally crapped the bed (even in the East with much less dominant teams) and only finished a few points ahead of the Flames.

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#72 TheoForever
May 13 2014, 09:10AM
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Victory!! We're winning the arms race for nuclear deterrents!! Granted... We're the only team competing in this race. But we're winning.

Anyone else get nervous when they heard the Maple Leafs are shopping Phaneuf to Western Conference teams? Burke already acquired him once...

Actually we are not the only team competing. Wings and Jets wanted Wolf as well. In case of BvB others were interested as well. So, we are winning the race, the word is out in the fighter union that Calgary is the place to be.

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#73 FeyWest
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@Veggie Dog

In the end I think as long as you have a team that stands up for one another and isn't going to back down, you can essentially get rid of the whole "Enforcer" role, with a bigger and grittier team you don't have to worry about the other team running you around. With that balance of size, skill, and heart I think you have a better overall team geared for long-term success.

Stats are definitely welcome and a very useful source of information and helps you pick the right players no matter their size and you don't get caught in "As Many" player traps and I'm pretty sure Boston is a big proponent of using stats even if they don't shout out about it. Their drafting is very good and they are a bigger team there is no doubting that. I'd much rather have a Boston-Styled team over a Toronto-Style.

However this is the chance for Calgary to build their own successful identity that other teams will want to image themeselves after and not the other way around. I'm pro stats but I can't say they are the be all end all because there are many aspects that can't be numerically modeled. But that's just my $0.02

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#74 dotfras
May 13 2014, 11:52AM
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Wolf Wahl Street would be HILARIOUS.

But we traded Wahl to Philly (I think?)

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#75 Bj
May 13 2014, 12:15PM
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@Veggie Dog

I never said stats are bad or that they shouldnt be used...

My point was just that having a guy like Grats will be a deterent to injuries resulting from cheap shops..

If you want to create a statistical method to verify whether I am correct or not... do it... feel free to do the heavy lifting

but dont put words in my mouth i never said and make me out to be anti stats...

Im just saying there are more ways than stats only too look at a situation... if you want to ONLY rely on stats... As most do who dont have an eye for the game or who havent played... then think as linear as you want to

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#76 Back in the Winter of '89
May 13 2014, 12:54PM
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"but dont put words in my mouth i never said and make me out to be anti stats"

Followed immediately by "if you want to ONLY rely on stats... As most do[...]"

Sounds like the pot calling the kettle black to me.

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#77 ?
May 13 2014, 02:26PM
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Back in the Winter of '89 wrote:

"but dont put words in my mouth i never said and make me out to be anti stats"

Followed immediately by "if you want to ONLY rely on stats... As most do[...]"

Sounds like the pot calling the kettle black to me.

The dude is seriously just coming across as the "you never played the game, therefore you don't know" kind of guy.

Stats alone = small portion of the overall picture

Eye test = small portion of the overall picture

Stats + Eye test = larger portion of the overall picture

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#78 kittensandcookies
May 13 2014, 03:02PM
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I wouldn't mind Spezza if we got him for very little. One year left, takes us to the cap floor, only $4mil in real money being paid. Also he has that crazy laugh.

But there's no way he's coming here.

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#79 Jeff In Lethbridge
May 13 2014, 05:43PM
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BJ wrote:

I just wrote that there is no way for stats to measure that. Ask the players themselves... what it is like to play without an enforcer... how other teams will try to bully you and intimidate you.Watch the Bruins.

Ask the players themselves... these guys know more than you or any of the bloggers on this site.

I have to admit, I WOULD feel a lot more comfortable with big Ern on the bench... I think this is real.

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#80 ultrathinzigzags
May 14 2014, 12:14AM
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Dave's a Killer, Man!!!!

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#81 ultrathinzigzags
May 14 2014, 12:14AM
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Dave's a Killer, Man!!!!

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#82 Burnward
May 14 2014, 03:50AM
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Dave's a mess.

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