Free Agent Open Thread

Kent Wilson
June 30 2010 10:28PM

PHILADELPHIA - APRIL 20: Ilya Kovalchuk #17 of the New Jersey Devils skates against the Philadelphia Flyers in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Wachovia Center on April 20, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Flyers defeated the Devils 4-1 to take a three games to one lead in their best of seven series. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

I was going to prepare a Flames primer to free agency, but decided not to re-invent the wheel when I saw Haley had already done an admiral job of things. Make sure to visit M&G for a thorugh overview.

I have to say, this is perhaps the murkiest July 1 for the Flames I've seen since the lock-out. Previously, whether facing many or few obstacles, the obstacles were at least apparently obvious.

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Flames Trade Jaffray for Logan Macillan

Kent Wilson
June 30 2010 05:36PM

EDMONTON, CANADA - SEPTEMBER 23:  Jason Jaffray #38 of the Calgary Flames skates against the Edmonton Oilers on September 23, 2009 at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Dale MacMillan/Getty Images)


The strangeness continues in Flamesland today. Just coming down on the Twitterwire right now is news that the Flames have traded journeyman AHLer Jason Jaffray to the Anaheim Ducks for former first rounder Logan MacMillan. While that sounds impressive, the truth is MacMillan's stock has fallen significantly since he was selected 19th overall in 2007.

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Nigel Dawes on Waivers

Kent Wilson
June 30 2010 10:43AM

Calgary Flames left wing Nigel Dawes (15) receives congratulations after scoring against the Colorado Avalanche during the second period at the Pepsi Center on April 2, 2010 in Denver. Colorado holds a slim two point lead over Calgary for the eighth and final Western Conference playoff slot.  UPI/Gary C. Caskey Photo via Newscom


According to a tweet by Kevin Allen of USA today, Nigel Dawes has been placed on waivers by the Calgary Flames. Unlike Kotalik, Dawes has been placed on unconditional waivers according to Bob McKenzie, meaning he is eligible to be bought out.

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Kotalik Kuestion
June 30 2010 09:50AM

OTTAWA, ON - FEBRUARY 09: Ales Kotalik #26 of the Calgary Flames looks on during the NHL game against the Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Place on February 9, 2010 in Ottawa, Canada. (Photo by Phillip MacCallum/Getty Images)

The recent decision by Flames management to put Ales Kotalik on waivers has sparked a debate among the fans of this franchise.

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June 30 News and Notes

Robert Cleave
June 30 2010 01:30AM

Our nation's 143rd birthday is just a day away and since the start of the NHL's free agency period is now as much a part of that occasion for hockey fans as fireworks and bad face-paintings of maple leafs, it seems like a good time for the round-up. This week, the Flames waive Ales Kotalik, but for unknown ends, Sergei Kostitsyn will get a chance to try out his act on Barry Trotz, and a Star moves on.

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