Flames 2012 Free Agency Primer

Kent Wilson
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.

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Flames lock up Blair Jones and Lee Stempniak for two years

Kent Wilson
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.

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A look inside the Cory Sarich extension

Ryan Pike
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.

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Flames extend Cory Sarich for Two Years

Kent Wilson
June 29 2012 09:19AM



The Flames announced today have signed Cory Sarich to a new two year deal worth $2 million per season. The addition gives the Calgary blueline nine defenders on one-way deals heading into next season, plus sophomore TJ Brodie, who should be a lock to make the parent club.

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Flames 2012 Free Agent Targets: Alex Semin

Kent Wilson
June 28 2012 01:57PM

Since the lock-out, only nine players have scored at a greater goal per game pace than Alex Semin. He is also top-30 in terms of points/game (23rd), ranking ahead of guys like Ryan Getzlaf (24th), Patrick Kane (25th), Anze Kopitar (27th) Jonathan Toews (29th), Patrick Marleau (30th) and Rick Nash (33rd). The only season in his entire career when he didn't manage to score 20 or more goals was his rookie campaign back before the lock-out. 

So whatever else you might think about Semin, let's first establish that he is an excellent-to-elite offensive player in this league.

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