Trade Proposal - With a Twist

Robert Cleave
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.

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The Flames and Organizational Depth

Kent Wilson
June 15 2010 11:24AM

OTTAWA, ON - JUNE 20:  25th overall pick, Greg Nemisz of the Calgary Flames poses with team personnel after being selected in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft at Scotiabank Place on June 20, 2008 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

 

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. 

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UFA Profiles - Chris Higgins

Pat Steinberg
June 14 2010 06:36PM

NEW YORK - OCTOBER 14: Chris Higgins #21 of the New York Rangers collides with goaltender Henrik Lundqvist #30 during their game against the Los Angeles Kings at Madison Square Garden on October 14, 2009 in New York, New York. The Rangers defeated the Kings 4-2.(Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

 

Pretty much the only way Higgins could score last year

 

 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.

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Milskey in the Jar

Domebeers.com
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.

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Ian White - Mock Arbitration

Robert Cleave
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.

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