Flames 2012 Free Agency Primer

    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…

A look inside the Cory Sarich extension

  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…

Flames extend Cory Sarich for Two Years

    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.

Flames 2012 Free Agent Targets: Alex Semin

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…

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Blake Comeau Contract is a Good Bet

    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…

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Dennis Wideman: Stats and Analysis

    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…

Flames acquire, sign Wideman; re-sign Comeau

    In their first "big" moves of the summer, the Calgary Flames announced on Wednesday afternoon that the club has acquired pending unrestricted free agent defenseman Dennis Wideman. Headed to the Washington Capitals in return are blueliner Jordan Henry (himself a pending UFA) and a fifth round pick in 2013. The Flames also announced that Wideman has been…

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Flames 2012 RFA Profiles: Paul Byron

    It’s usually quite hard for a player to grow out of the shadow of a guy they were traded for or replaced. When Theoren Fleury was shipped out in 1999, Robyn Regehr quickly became known as the major player the club acquired. Then he made himself known as a very good, very tough…

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Mark Jankowski and Feaster’s Gumption

    The Flames by just about any measure did not have the best draft on Friday and Saturday. Nor was it the worst, despite a lot of the immediate reactions to some of the moves (including my own). But there is one thing that can absolutely can be said about it- in particular the…

Flames 2012 RFA Profiles: Akim Aliu

If there’s one player that people will trot out to pledge allegiance to Abbotsford Heat head coach Troy Ward and his work with reclamation projects, it’s probably Akim Aliu. While the stories regarding Ryan Howse’s weight gain (and loss) are fine and dandy, it’s with Aliu that Ward delivered some startling results and delivered a…