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Dion Phaneuf Traded for Stajan, White, Hagman: Unpacking the Transaction

The only worthwhile draft pick of Darryl Sutter’s entire career as GM has been traded to Toronto for little more than a defensive defenceman, two UFAs, and Niklas Hagman. Sutter traded Dion Phaneuf in a monster blockbuster trade with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Phaneuf will find a fine home in Toronto and the Flames will rid themselves of an underachieving and overpriced defenceman. One thing is for sure, Phaneuf isn’t a ‘Derek Morris’ and will certainly blossom into star defenceman that will leave Flames fans shaking their heads in two years time.

By that time Keith Aulie, defensive prospect for Calgary now with the Leafs, may also crack the lineup in Toronto and show everyone why he’s made the national junior team. Calgary on the other hand will say goodbye to Mayers, will high give Hagman for his defensive game, and will have one of White or Stajan, but likely not both. So the trade amounts to Hagman and White? for Phaneuf.

Point Burke.

The Trade:

To Calgary: Jamal Mayers, Matt Stajan, Niklas Hagman, Ian White

To Toronto: Dion Phaneuf, Fredrick Sjostrom, Keith Aulie

More Stats and in-Depth Coverage on the Trade

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Phaneuf to Toronto in Blockbuster Deal!

**TSN Confirmed***

The rumor mills from some reputable sources are heating up over at TSN that Dion Phaneuf has been traded for a bag of hockey pucks. The overpriced but highly touted Phaneuf was traded to Toronto for two unrestricted free agents, one at the end of his career, the other an underachieving LW, a defenceman who’s a notch above Cory Sarich, and Hagman.

Darren Dreger reported a blockbuster trade that will see Calgary pick up White, Stajan, Mayers, and Hagman for Phaneuf, Aulie, and Sjostrom. To me this sounds like way too much given away by Calgary. Phaneuf is improving although still below expectations, but replacing him with White, a cheaper Cory Sarich, and giving away a prized defensive prospect in Aulie isn’t the answer. This is a loose for the Flames. Stajan and Hagman will give us some relief up front, but they aren’t the scoring touch we need.

If Sutter literally ‘gives away’ Phaneuf I can’t see fans being thrilled even if it is the bad ass Phaneuf. Sutter DID give Phaneuf away. More details to come.

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Dustin Boyd Resigned

The final free agent (restricted) has been signed after the Wayne Primeau move. Dustin Boyd will be back, and let’s hope he packed on 20 pounds so he can take his game to the next level. The Sun is reporting Boyd signed a one-year, $650,000 one-way deal.

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Brian McGrattan Added to Lineup – Flames at the Stampede

The Flames have added new tough guy, former Ottawa Senator Brian McGrattan. The six-foot-three, 235-pounder was an unrestricted free agent.

McGrattan, 27, played more than 140 games for the Senators before he was traded to the Phoenix Coyotes for a fifth-round pick in June, 2008.

After just three games with Phoenix he voluntarily entered the substance abuse program administered jointly by the NHLPA.

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Flames Minor League Signings: Murray, Armstrong, Jamie Lundmark, Kronwall

The Calgary Flames have padded their minor league ranks with the signings of two Saskatchewan boys Garth Murray and Riley Armstrong. Murray was with Phoneix last season, and Armstrong with San Jose.

On July 7th the Flames also announced the signing of Jamie Lundmark

On July 14th the Flames signed defenseman Staffan Kronwall.

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Flames Sign Fredrik Sjostrom

Playing it quiet on free agency day, the Flames did dip into the pool singing former Hitmen forward Fredrik Sjostrom. Selected by Phoenix Coyotes round 1 #11 overall 2001 NHL Entry Draft, Sjostrom played the last two season in New York.

His highest point production was in his rookie season with 23 points. Last season he 13 points in 79 games with NY. The deal is reported to be worth 700K for two years. (Perhaps a Lundmark type replacement?)

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Adam Pardy Signed – Flames Defence for 2009-10

With free agency day well underway and big names coming to Western Division teams, the Flames have largely set their roster, at least on D. The Flames have settled with what will likely be their opening day defensive six with : D Jay Bouwmeester, $6.6M; D Dion Phaneuf, $6.5; D Robyn Regehr, $4.02; D Cory Sarich, $3.6; D Mark Giordano, $.892; D Adam Pardy, $700k.

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Calgary Flames Sign Bouwmeester for Five Years, $33 million

Calgary Flames GM Darryl Sutter did what most thought he couldn’t, he signed defensemen Jay Bouwmeester. Rather than test unrestricted free agency, he agreed to a five-year deal worth $6.6 million per year against the salary cap.

The native of Edmonton, Alberta played his entire six-year career with the Panthers after being selected third overall by the club in 2002. He had 15 goals and 27 assists in 82 games this season.

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Dusty Boyd Returns, Chucko Tendered as Well

The Calgary Flames have confirmed that Dustin Boyd and Kris Chucko have been offered qualifying offers as RFA’s.

In 71 game last season, Boyd had 11 goals and 21 points. A third-round pick of the Flames in 2004, Flames fans hope he can bulk up in the summer and play a bigger this coming season with the pending departure of sniper Michael Cammalleri.

The Flames selected Chucko in the first round of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, but the Burnaby, B.C. native has yet to make an impact in the big league. In 74 games last season with the Quad City Flames, Chucko scored 28 goals and 51 points.

The Flames did not offer contracts to Adam Cracknell (a ninth rounder in 2004) and centre Aki Seitsonen (fourth rounder in 2004) by not tendering qualifying offers. Both are eligible for free agency on July 1.

In other news today, Sutter has one more day to try his darndest to sign Jay Bow before the July 1st deadline.

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Vandermeer to Coyotes for Prust

In a move that dumped salary, and probably suggests Calgary has confidence in their farm system D men, the Flames sent Jim Vandermeer and his 2.3 million dollar salary to Phoenix for Prust who returns (@ half million).

This was the second move of the draft for the Flames which were one of the busier teams yet again.

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