Flames Sign David Wolf (And Other Stuff)

The Flames have added some beef, as the team has added German winger David Wolf to a one-year contract.

Wolf, 24, was signed to the max entry-level contract length he can be under the CBA (1 year), and it has a cap hit of $925,000. His best attribute is his size (and meanness), as he’s listed as 6’3″, 215 pounds.

He makes the leap to North America after five years in the DEL, the main German league, playing with the Hannover Scorpions and the Hamburg Freezers. He amassed 128 points and 552 penalty minutes in 248 DEL games. He’s represented Germany at the World Under-18s and the World Juniors previously.

Before you panic, remember: it’s a two-way deal, and he’s never been out of Germany. This is probably an AHL move and if he’s decent, they can extend him. Players with size and a reputation for being tough customers now include Wolf, Bryce van Brabant, Michael Ferland and maybe Patrick Sieloff.

Anyhow, it’s a one-year deal, and one contract out of 50. It’s quite low-risk. The Flames presently have 34 players under contract for 2014-15.

OTHER NEWS

Sven Baertschi broke a rib in Switzerland’s opening World Championship game and will miss the rest of the tournament. Johnny Gaudreau (USA), Jiri Hudler (Czechs), Mikael Backlund (Sweden) and Sean Monahan (Canada) all remain in Belarus for the Worlds.

Former Flame Roman Horak is headed to the KHL, signing with HC Vityaz. He’s a pending restricted free agent of the Edmonton Oilers, and him signing elsewhere this early suggests a doubt somewhere that he could be in the NHL with them next year. Horak’s been in North America for five seasons – two with WHL Chilliwack, and three years pro between Calgary, Edmonton, Abbotsford and Oklahoma City.

  • redricardo

    @ BJ

    I understand what you’re saying. I respectfully completely disagree.

    Putting out lines with guys that can punch in faces but bleed scoring chances doesn’t help a young players development. Players develop good habits by learning how to play good hockey. If you’re a young player that gets to play on a good team vs a young player with the pressure to make up for a fourth line full of nuclear deterrents that spend the whole time in their zone giving up shots and taking penalties…

    There is no evidence that suggests Goons protect young players or influence games. Big players that can play hockey too (like Lucic) are another story…

    • T&A4Flames

      You are right… there is no statistical evidence that goons protect young players… thats why you should ask the players themselves… if you havent experienced the physicality of pro sports im afraid you just dont get it and never will… but ask Cammi how he feels about it.

      I wasnt suggesting we fill our fourth line with goons or even play Mcgratton every game.

      These only play a few minutes a game so the scoring chances against arent really a concern. I wasnt suggesting Mcgratton play on Gaudreaus line or anything like that.

      However bad you think having a mcgratton is… injuries will hurt us worse.

      I think a lot of people dont understand yhat these are the formative years of our prospects… bleeding scoring chances is not an issue right now… developing our players is.

    • loudogYYC

      I hate it. It reminds me of Bumbling Batman & Robin and their I’m smarter than you attitude that almost landed us Brad Richards for 9 years and no Sean Monahan.

      Regarding Spezza and Phaneuf coming out west, this is great news for us as long as they don’t end up here. Edmonton is a great fit for Phaneuf, my guess is he ends up there.

    • beloch

      Actually, to acquire him for 1 year wouldn’t be that bad. But again, our 1st’s are off limits but GlenX is a perfect Ottawa target, decent player & low cap hit, Byron would give them some offense/speed/skill low cost & maybe one of our 2nds. I could live with that. Spezza gets us to the cap floor, gives us a solid centre to play some of our higher end kids with & Hudler. Spezza/Hudler/JG would be a fun #1 line to watch. Backlund could anchor the 2nd line & Money/Stajan keep that 3rd line going & make sure Money gets more development & insulate for a potential sophomore jinx.

      Then, I would bet $$$ Spezza would get us a 1st at the TDL if he isn’t injured.

      Problem is, there will be way better offers out there & no way we bid for him & we leave Phaneuf for the Oilers please. Saw some utubes on Wolf, holy smokes, I like it, I like it a lot!!! Many search for the next Chara, look at us, we hoped Breen could be it…not…now we are hoping Kanzig can be that beast. Well I dream of having the next Lucic, man if BvB or Wolf become that, well that’s why you invest in what initially appears to be face punchers. Face Puncher + Talent=Lucic Yes Please!!!!

    • beloch

      Actually, to acquire him for 1 year wouldn’t be that bad. But again, our 1st’s are off limits but GlenX is a perfect Ottawa target, decent player & low cap hit, Byron would give them some offense/speed/skill low cost & maybe one of our 2nds. I could live with that. Spezza gets us to the cap floor, gives us a solid centre to play some of our higher end kids with & Hudler. Spezza/Hudler/JG would be a fun #1 line to watch. Backlund could anchor the 2nd line & Money/Stajan keep that 3rd line going & make sure Money gets more development & insulate for a potential sophomore jinx.

      Then, I would bet $$$ Spezza would get us a 1st at the TDL if he isn’t injured.

      Problem is, there will be way better offers out there & no way we bid for him & we leave Phaneuf for the Oilers please. Saw some utubes on Wolf, holy smokes, I like it, I like it a lot!!! Many search for the next Chara, look at us, we hoped Breen could be it…not…now we are hoping Kanzig can be that beast. Well I dream of having the next Lucic, man if BvB or Wolf become that, well that’s why you invest in what initially appears to be face punchers. Face Puncher + Talent=Lucic Yes Please!!!!

    • beloch

      I agree. I don’t think acquiring Spezza would be all that bad. As long as no 1st round picks are given up. GlenX is an Ottawa type of player, decent player & great cap hit. Add Byron, gives them speed/offense & cheap & then throw one of our 2nds, I would do that. Spezza gets us to the cap floor, gives us a good #1 line with Spezza/Gaudreau & Hudler. Backs can anchor the 2nd line & Money/Stajan keep the 3rd line rolling. Allows Money another year of development & allows a sophomore jinx that happens. Then I bet we could flip him for a 1st at the TDL next year.

      Saw some you-tubes on Wolf. Yikes I like!! Everyone drafts these big dmen searching for the next Chara. We had hoped Breen & now Kanzig become that beast on D. Well I dream of having the next Lucic. Investing in those may look like face punchers but Face Puncher + Talent= Lucic Yes PLease!!!!!!!

    • Kevin R

      I agree. I don’t think acquiring Spezza would be all that bad. As long as no 1st round picks are given up. GlenX is an Ottawa type of player, decent player & great cap hit. Add Byron, gives them speed/offense & cheap & then throw one of our 2nds, I would do that. Spezza gets us to the cap floor, gives us a good #1 line with Spezza/Gaudreau & Hudler. Backs can anchor the 2nd line & Money/Stajan keep the 3rd line rolling. Allows Money another year of development & allows a sophomore jinx that happens. Then I bet we could flip him for a 1st at the TDL next year.

      Saw some you-tubes on Wolf. Yikes I like!! Everyone drafts these big dmen searching for the next Chara. We had hoped Breen & now Kanzig become that beast on D. Well I dream of having the next Lucic. Investing in those may look like face punchers but Face Puncher + Talent= Lucic Yes PLease!!!!!!!