April 09 2009 06:35PM
TSN is reporting that the Flames have extended pending UFA David Moss for 3 years at 1.3M/year. That's a healthy raise over the $575k he's making this year, but it's still a decent number for a guy of Moss' quality.
David Moss was a decent depth player last season, but he took a step forward into a different stratosphere this year. His 20 goals and 38 points don't tell the whole story. Moss and Curtis Glencross have formed a deadly duo that have frequently out-played other 3rd liners this year: both guys are in the top 10 in the NHL in terms corsi/60 according to behindthenet. Moss' +23 rating is sandwiched between Pavel Datsyuk (+23.4) and Marrian Hossa (+22.3) to give you an idea of the kind of company he's keeping by this metric.
April 09 2009 10:17AM
- Tom Benjamin and I look at the Flames cap troubles during the stretch drive. While the sudden injuries to Regehr, Sarich, Aucoin, Roy etc are certainly tough to put on Sutter, the fact that the Flames have been battling the cap ceiling all year - an issue that was exacerbated by the Jokinen trade - is all Sutter's doing. While playing a man down for the last week or so may or may not have significant ramifications on the Flames season, Sutter should be embarrassed by this issue either way.
March 27 2009 12:38PM
One gets the uneasy feeling in the wake of yet another back-to-back debacle (ha!) that the good ship Sutter is starting to list ever so slightly. Or, rather, not slightly at all. Actually, it's pretty obvious we're taking on water here.
The first pin head hole in the hull appeared in February. The Flames looked vulnerable through most of the month due to some offensive struggles and a steadily declining PK that was busy giving up all kinds of quality scoring chances. The club persevered, however, largely on the back of their capable ES play and Miikka Kiprusoff's lone $6.5M-value stretch of games.
March 25 2009 12:04PM
This past summer, Jamie Lundmark agreed to a contract with the Calgary Flames, doubtlessly the only NHL team that had any interest in his services. It was a two-way deal, with him set to make a bare-bones 100k/annum rate while toiling in the AHL. The minimal dollar amount was a calculated risk on Lundmark's part: it allowed him to avoid re-entry waivers due to a wrinkle in the current CBA. That meant, the Flames would have no barriers to calling him up if they needed him during the year. It also meant that if he floundered in the AHL or if the Flames decided not to summon him to the big leagues, he'd be making a relatively piddly amount on probably his last NA pro hockey contract. For Jamie, it was the equivalent of going all in before being blinded-out.
March 23 2009 10:56AM
A lot of issues afflict the Flames currently: the goaltending, the penalty killing, the injuries.
Another (admittedly minor) point of contention is Jim Vandermeer playing instead of rookie Adam Pardy. The former is older, more battle tested and more expensive, but there's a growing perception that Pardy might actually be the better player.