News out of the Calgary Flames office today is that after the Bourque signing they like Matt Stajan enough to give him a four-year deal worth 3.5 million. The price is right, let’s hope he performs up to expectations (2 million less than Jokinen, and 1.5 mill less than Langkow). Stajan was pegged to be a UFA at the end of this season but it appears he’ll be staying on-board for a few years to come. Nice to see that…
We were wondering if UFA Rene Bourque would be back next year, or whether the Flames would yet again part with another LW. Turns out he has signed as reported by the Flames. Yes, there is still NHL hockey going on despite the country being glued to the TV to watch the Canadian men and women go for gold.
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.