The news finally went through, a day late, but it’s final. Some bad news coming out of Flames land yet again, this time another deal, which would be considered blockbuster if it weren’t for yesterday’s transaction, with under-performing centerman Oli Jokinen at the heart of the matter. The deal involves Jokinen and Prust to NY Rangers for Ales Kotalik (remember him from Edmonton) and Chris Higgins.
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…
**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…
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.
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.
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. [tags]garth murray, riley armstrong, lundmark, kronwall[/tags]
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?)
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.
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.
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,…