June 16 2010 12:15AM
One of the underlying issues confronting the Flames this off-season is their shortage of cap space. Presuming the players go for the escalator to the salary cap, Calgary will have just under 6 million dollars of space to sign 6 players. If said players were all fourth-liner/bottom-pairing D types, that would be manageable, but given that Ian White is likely included in that number, the task seems almost out of reach without a move to shed a big-ticket player.
June 15 2010 11:24AM
TLP's draft post and contributing to Hockey's Future has made it mainfestly obvious to me just how shallow the Flames are at forward. Even with guys like Howse, Wahl, Nemisz and Backlund in the picture, Calgary lags well behind even the median NHL team in terms of skilled, viable youngsters up front.
June 14 2010 06:36PM
Forward Chris Higgins is next up on our profiles of potential unrestricted free agents for the Calgary Flames. He played just 12 games with the Flames, after being acquired from the New York Rangers on February 1st along with Ales Kotalik. His stint with Calgary was cut even shorter, thanks to a foot injury that sidelined him the final 14 games of the regular season.
June 14 2010 09:08AM
(In response to our over-serious Ian White mock arbitration, the net's most acerbic Flames fans over at Domebeers have presented Flamesnation with their version of a Sutter/White negotiation session - ed.)
Ian White enters Darryl Sutter's office. There is very little light in the room, as the curtains are pulled tightly shut. Darryl Sutter's head is face down on his desk. Ian White makes his way through a room that reeks of whiskey and milk. Darryl appears to be passed out, but as Ian pulls out a chair to sit down at the desk opposite him, his head rises abruptly.
June 12 2010 10:23AM
Ian White was almost certainly the best part of the return that the Flames obtained in the Dion Phaneuf transaction this past January. The Steinbach, MB. native moved into Phaneuf's first pairing slot alongside Robyn Regehr with minimal fuss, finishing his stay in Calgary with 4 G, 9 A and a +7 rating in 27 games. White is a RFA this summer, and recent rumblings suggest that he could be headed to arbitration next month. In the spirit of past efforts from Japers' Rink and Copper and Blue, we now offer a mock arbitration for the Flames' rearguard. I'll present the case for White, followed by Kent Wilson's argument on behalf of the club.