Through Two Hours…


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Pic Via Scott Haselius

And the Flames haven’t made a huge splash yet.

However, there are a couple moves to announce: G Karri Ramo’s contract has been finalized and is said to be 2 years with an AAV of $2.75 million. The Flames also traded a 5th round pick for D Kris Russell, who will likely play top-4 minutes for the Flames this year, and then signed him to a 1-year contract worth $1.5 million.

Ramo has been covered extensively here, but the pick for Kris Russell doesn’t make much sense when the Flames could’ve had him yesterday for free. At least the pick is mostly worthless and Russell is on the right side of 30. Ideally, Russell is a 5D, which is likely where he’ll play this year. Russell still has some upside to him as well, so good move overall.

C Corbin Knight also signed his deal, which has a base of $810K anually over two years, with bonuses up to $3.75 million.

Update: D Chris Butler has signed (1 year, $1.7 million) and the Flames have also signed 24-year-old D Chad Billins out of the AHL to a contract as well (1 year, $925k). Billins scored 10 goals and added 27 assists in 76 games last year in Grand Rapids, for an NHLE of 16. He likely has some upside and will battle for a bottom-pairing spot next year. He’ll be 25 when the season starts and was undrafted.

More to come.

  • Stockley

    Brunner and Grabbo are the only guys left on the market who interest me at all. Given the idiocy we’ve seen from some teams I for one am glad Feaster stayed away from some of the bigger names. Why was there a lockout again? Obviously these tools will never learn.

    • McRib

      There are still some young RFAs to be signed by teams at the cap, hold your horses. Nyquist, B. Smith, Pietrangelo, Stewart, Stephan, Gagelin, McDonagh, J. Moore, etc

      • Stockley

        RFAs will cost us draft picks more often than not. Not to mention bad feelings from rival GMs who get upset when you poach their talent. It’s a dangerous path to tread. Not to mention very expensive.

    • The Backlund thing seems weird. Sounds to me like his agent wanted more money and term than the Flames think he’s worth right now.

      And frankly, while I like Backlund and he is proving to be useful, the fact that he can’t stay healthy for a whole season is an issue. A big one for contract negotiations.

      Hopefully they don’t make him cry…

      • Lordmork

        It may be for a relatively small amount of money/time. As a player, you want to get as much as you can, so if your agent thinks you can squeeze another $100 000 out of the org, why not ask? It may not represent a big disagreement.

  • MC Hockey

    A wild projection for Forward lineup assuming Camalleri traded for a 2nd in 2014 and 3rd in 2015 to a contender:

    Left Wing – Forward – Right Wing

    1st: Hudler – Derek Roy (UFA signing) – Stemp (with Cammi traded)

    2nd: Baertshi – Backlund – D. Jones

    3rd: Galiardi – Horak – Stajan (moves to right)

    4th: Horak – Knight – Jackman

    Extra: McGrattan, BJones (?)

  • Captain Ron

    I posted this on the last thread. Didn’t realize there was a new one up and running:

    Well if your in the rebuild camp you probably liked what Feaster had to say. For me it was music to my ears. Skip the lousy expensive FA signings and let the kids play and see what we have.

    If they stay true to this mandate we should have a good chance to draft in the top five next year. Might be tough to watch at times but for the long term this is the way to go.

  • Wow! SENS made a sweet move for Ryan! They just might be my team during this sucky re-build phase! Flames are gonna be top three pick for sure! It hurts already! Gonna be a Long season! No one dares to go near cammi and the 7 mill contract (6 cap hit). He ain’t goin anywhere til April. What was all of the BS talk of Jay being so busy talking to GM’s. painfully long days ahead! With realignment we’re gonna get worked in our division! Also very impressed with Detroit! Glad they’re in the east now!

  • RKD

    The best thing for Feaster is to stand pat, really we are not a team that’s going to make the playoffs let alone be a contender. We have a few years of growing pains to go through. The Flames got themselves in a mess with underachieving overpaid veterans. Then we recycled players to play with Iggy. Doing things the right way means improve your scouting, improve your drafting, etc. There’s no need for us to make a splash. If there are some players which can make your team better in the long run and you can make it fit then make it happen. If they tried to sign big names and overpaid them, then it would indicate the organization is no further along then they were years ago.

    • Franko J

      Well said.

      Going after FA this year is not conducive to a re-build. I would rather see the Flames develop a younger lineup into a playoff contender than a team of overpaid underachieving veterans. With the emphasis on youth I believe the Flames are heading in the right direction.
      Besides this only the beginning of FA period, sometimes bargains can be had for players after day one and when later in the summer when some teams will have to walk away from arbritration.

    • Jeff Lebowski

      I called it in Kent’s where will Iggy Land article:

      #4 Jeff Lebowski July 03 2013, 12:31PM +1 0 props
      I could see Boston as Horton is out. It would be similar to Hossa switching between Wings and Pens (team that beat him out year prior).

  • schevvy

    Iggy signs in Boston for 1 year / 6M . Even I as head of the Iggy fan club thinks that’s quite high. But I could see him having a mini-resurgence next year