July 02 2012 09:39AM
'Twas the night before a frenzy and all through the league, every pundit was prepping for long weekend fatigue...
The big day turned out to be rather uneventful, with only a few notable names finding homes. That said, it was a good weekend for the Edmonton Oilers - they won the Schultz sweepstakes and retained the still very effective Ryan Smyth on an extremely reasonable deal. Those additions and others across the Nation were set-up and discussed yesterday by LT and a wide range of guests, including Terry Jones, Tom Lynn and Bruce McCurdy.
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July 01 2012 09:47AM
Join us at 12pm MST (10am EST) to criticize, mock or applaude all the big additions and/or mistakes NHL GM's will make today.
June 30 2012 10:49AM
With only about 24 hours before the bidding begins in earnest, the Flames have rendered a lot of our earlier speculation moot with all of their pre-frenzy wheeling and dealing. The addition of Cevenka and Wideman plus the re-signings of Sarich, Jones and Stempniak has plugged most of the existing holes on the roster and whittled the club's cap space down to just over $8 million. Once Mikael Backlund's deal is done, the Flames will have 12 forwards, 8 defenders (at least) and about $6.5M to work with. If you want to pencil Sven Baertschi on the big club (and I think most do), that means Calgary has 13 forwards in place, and about $5M in cap space.
Meaning, absent some kind of swap, this is more or less the team is going to battle with this upcoming season.
June 29 2012 03:25PM
On the heels of the Sarich re-signing, the Flames announced a new deal with center Blair Jones this afternoon. The contract is for two years with a cap hit of $650,000. In addition, the re-signed RW Lee Stempniak for $2.5M per year for two years.
June 29 2012 11:59AM
The Flames announced on Friday the re-signing of blueliner Cory Sarich to a 2-year deal with $2 million per year. The deal allows Sarich to avoid free agency, but also involved the veteran taking a bit of a financial haircut compared to his old, $3.6 million annual salary.
Speaking to the media on Friday morning, Sarich explained the logic behind re-signing before July 1.