Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Bouwmeester in Calgary

Congratulations to the Calgary Flames on signing Jay Bouwmeester. The cap hit (6.6M/year) is very reasonable and the five-year term leaves the team with options going forward. The fact that they're covered from spending too much if Bouwmeester were injured was probably a feature for ownership. The fact that they're not paying into Bouwmeester's post-prime years has got to be a feature for the team as well. No matter what they move out, the Flames will likely be getting back more than the third round pick they sent away. Given what New York was able to get in return for Scott Gomez, I have no trouble believing that the Flames could move any of Regehr, Iginla, Jokinen or Phaneuf for useful (and potentially very useful) parts. If they manage to move Kiprusoff and replace him with an average or better NHL netminder they could be a very good team this year and going forward. The Edmonton Oilers... traded Kyle Brodziak.

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