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.
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.
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.
June 28 2012 08:39AM
Mostly lost in the Wideman discussions yesterday was the fact that Jay Feaster played the Blake Comeau situation perfectly this summer. As we've previously discussed, Comeau was bad value at $2.5M+, which is what he woud have cost via his qualifying offer.
Which isn't to say he wasn't worth retaining. As predicted, Feaster did the right thing - he chose not to qualify Comeau and then signed him as a free agent at about a 50% discount. So not only do the Flames get the player on a much cheaper ticket this season, but in all likelihood they will get the benefit of a bounce back season as well.
June 27 2012 03:01PM
As the discussion still rages in the comments section of the last article, it's time to take a closer look at the newest Calgary Flame.
Dennis Wideman is a 29-year old undrafted defender who has become a decent top-4 option from the back-end over the last few years. His coming out party was in 2007-08 with the Bruins when he scored 13 goals and 37 points. He followed that up with a 13-goal, 50-point career season. He regressed heavily as is most players custom after that and, after a brief stint in Florida, ended up in Washington as their 3rd/4th defender.