June 30 2011 11:51PM
With tomorrow's start for free agency looming, it seems like a good time to have a quick look at some of the contracts that we've seen inked over the last couple of days, as well as what's left and what, if anything, the Flames should be looking for at 10 am MT.
June 30 2011 01:13PM
I've been asked by a number of emailers and commenters to take a look at the Robyn Regehr and Brent Burns swaps since the draft. The comparison seems like an apt one: both are top-four defenders exchanged in the same market to teams looking to shore up their defensive depth. The Sharks have also been interested in Reggie for years and reportedly made a play for him, so it's fair to ask whether Calgary could have gotten a similar package to what Minnesota demanded for Burns.
June 30 2011 02:25AM
Knowing where the Calgary Flames are with their salary cap situation and their current roster situation, free agency starting on July 1st may not be as lucrative as it could be for other teams. However, that doesn't mean the Flames should be completely idle, and there are some potential good value picks for teams willing to be smart and patient with their money. I've identified a few players I'd like to see Calgary target come Friday and beyond.
June 30 2011 01:46AM
As weird as it was watching former Canucks forward, and Flames killer, Brendan Morrison suit up in Calgary colours this past season, you can't deny one thing: Morrison gave the Flames very good value on the bargain basement contract they signed him to. Finishing with 43 points in 66 games, Calgary really did get great return on their $725,000 investment; the problem is, there might not logically be room for them to invest in Morrison again this season.
June 29 2011 05:29PM
Watching the progression of Anton Babchuk in his time with the Calgary Flames this past season was one of the more interesting storylines of the 2010-11 campaign. While he gave the Flames an element they haven't had since Dion Phaneuf manned the point, we also saw a number of deficincies in Babchuk's game. Because he had strong counting numbers, Babchuk will have interested parties that may drive his price tag up; a price tag I believe the Flames need to be very wary of.