Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Something New In The Works

Today General Manager Jay Feaster spoke at the luncheon today no big deal right? But Jay Feaster hinted today that he might be able to acquire a number one center before the start of training camp. Which leaves us with alot of unanswered questions like for example. Who does Jay have his eye on? Is he acquiring via trade or a free agent? And who are we going to have to give up?

A lot of Flames Fans are already frustrated that no "big moves" have been made. But alot of Flames Fans don't know how hard his job is at this time because of all of the "Untouchable Contracts" the team is faced with. Flames Fans keep writing off the Reggie trade but that's what he had to do to fix the cap issues and also Feaster wanted to get younger and this off season he has. But the signing of Tanguay, Morrison and Babchuk makes Feaster back in "Cap Jail"

But i believe i know a few solutions to what might happen.
First off the only logical player on the Flames that we can trade for a number one center is the offensively disappointing Jay Boumeester.
Why i think he should go is because hes overpaid for what he does and the Flames have plenty of Defense to fill the hole in that spot. Yes guys will have to step up but i think its worth it plus dropping a contract like that would be greatly helpful to the Flames organization. But who is willing to give up a number one center? There hard to come by.

Another solution i heard from a few people is bring Alexi Yashin in for cheap.
But i think that would defeat the purpose of what Jay Feaster is wanting to do. He wants to get younger not older. So that rumor is unlikely in my opinion. But really anything can happen. Jay is full of surprises just like the Richards offer he made was a major shocker to many of us Flames Fans.
A few centers I can see in a Flames uniform this year are
Vincent Lecavalier, Spezza , and Zajac.
Why those three is simple a lot of rumors have been surrounding the Flames talking to teams like the Devils and Ottawa. Both those teams want Jaybo so its possibly they might give up a center for him. But Lecavalier is a long shot but unlikely. Feaster seems to like to go after Tampa players so it could be possible to occur.

But I'd like to hear from you guys in the comments who you think Feaster wants for a number one center. And what the trade could be.

Thanks Guys,


Tuesday, July 19, 2011

And Now for Something Completely Different.

I can hear the frustration of the Calgary Flames fans as they continue to yell “what is taking Feaster so long?” Well, let me give you a lesson on economics in today cap world. The Flames have a real problem with some bad contracts -- not even bad contracts so much as long contracts.

With the NHLPA collective bargaining agreement up soon, no-one is going to want to take a long term contract on unless it is really in their best interest to do so. The only way the Flames are going to get a team to take Stajan's contract is if the Flames make it worth a team's while to do so.

The problem with that, is that next year draft is very deep, and Jay has already traded his second round pick away in the Regehr deal. That was done so that the Flames could get rid of Kotalik off the books. If it costs a second to get rid of Kotalik, how much would it cost the Flames to get a team to take a $3.5 million multi-year contract in Stajan. The Flames really cannot afford to sell a team that bad of a contract.

The Flames really don’t have much wiggle room here. We don’t have that many assets. In fact, most of the ones we do have are not on the market. You can pretty much take out Gio, Iggy, Tangs, and more than likely, Kipper.

Then there is the Jaybo situation. Do we trade him? Or more to the point, would there be a team that is willing to take his $6.67 million dollar cap hit? The other problem is that he is basically the second-best dman on the team. I hate to say this, but I am predicting Jaybo to have a break-out year. I really feel strongly that he will return to his Panthers numbers. The main reason that I feel so strongly is that Sutter will adjust the system to him.

The options to trade are very limited and I am about to go in a radical direction. By that, I mean the free agent route, and here comes the bombshell -- Alexander Yashin. Bear with me for a second. Yashin is going to be motivated to prove his worth. And really, the Flames won’t have anything to lose, because his cap won’t be huge either. The Flames have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

Sutter has the ability to turn careers over like he did with Morrison's. I feel he can do the same thing with Yashin. The Flames really need a number one centre. Yes, they have plenty of them, but none who are can be a number one centre.

Feaster went after Richards for a reason, no matter what he says. He feels we need a number one centre. The Flames may have quantity, but they do not have quality. They really don’t have the assets to pick up a huge player, so their best option may very well be -- gulp -- Alexander Yashin.


Flames Depth

Flames Current Depth

I wanted to take a quick look at the Flames current contracted players and the possible depth chart. I understand moves will likely still be made and this can change, so this is my take of the roster today;

Couple interesting things I noticed is we have 7 players capable of playing center with 1 way deals (incl. Kosto) Morrison although he says he should be ready for the start of the year, Feaster feels the opposite. I suspect the Flames to carry 2 extra forwards if this stays the same (Morrison & Leblond) with the next call up likely being Byron. Next thing, I only see 3 right handed d-men out of the 14 listed (Sarich, Babchuk & Carson) and due to that I put Carson in my top 6, with Smith being the extra defenseman they will carry. Early prediction but with all the added depth I wanted to check it out.

(*) Player on a two way contract
(**) LTIR player: Unlikely to be ready opening day


Tanguay Langkow Iginla
Glencross Jokinen Bourque
Backlund* Morrison** Moss
Jackman Stajan Kostopoulos
Hagman Leblond Ivanans**
Byron* Nemisz* Bouma*
Desbiens* Meyer* Howse*

Bouwmeester Sarich
Giordano Carson
Butler Babchuk
Brodie* Smith*
Mikkelson* Henry*
Breen* Wilson*
Negrin* Piskula*

Kiprusoff Karlsson
Irving* Ortio*

Round up: Hagman remains hot in trade rumors; again I do not see much value coming back in return but looking at the depth chart he may want to go somewhere else. Feaster on Tuesday stated it will likely remain quiet until camps open, but he will keep his eye on arbitration hearings to see if anything opens up. I still would like to see a better top 6 forward crew, but I think we will have to rely on a healthy BMo to fill in when Glencross and Bourque are cold.

Friday, July 8, 2011

The Scramble

The Scramble

Jay Feaster continues to say things like; “we are not done” & “guys are getting traded” but who and when?

With Iginla, Tanguay, Giordano and Kiprussoff being ‘un-touchable’ what intrigues a team to want to trade with the Flames and potentially give up quality? Maybe with the recent deals handed out in free agency, players like Bourque and Stajan become more attractive. But can those guys really bring back something that can drastically improve the Flames? I don’t think so. Some teams are looking to add salary and that may open the door for Hagman and his three million to leave the team. Hagman could add some third line depth and a potential 15 goal campaign with his great shot, but he won’t get us a return worth talking about. So how does Jay believe he can change this team since he says they are not rebuilding? Here is my take:

Feaster is looking for a steal of a deal, which is rare and extremely tough to strike. So he will throw this team at the wall and see what sticks. If the team succeeds- great! If not, he will see what he can deal come deadline day. But come season’s end the Flames will see over 17 million come off the books and Feaster can really begin creating “his” team. But with another relatively weak UFA class coming next year I do not think he can do it via free agency. Drafting seems to be that method but that will take a few years and a few years of the finishing near the bottom. I am a little confused in what direction this team is heading, but if the team performs the way they did in the last half of last year, maybe we will see playoffs next season.

With all that confusion said, I am very pleased with the little amount Feaster has done; he has not over paid, tried to land the only real team changer in Richards, and as of right now, looks like he did well at the draft but only time will tell. He said he wanted to add skill, speed and youth and with Bartschi, Granlund & Byron he got younger. He also added some unpolished skill but nothing that will change this team this coming season for the better.
Some thoughts on current rumors:

Flames and Caps talking- This one has picked up some steam with names like Semin, Green and Alzer being mentioned. But let’s be honest unless Backlund and Brodie are being mentioned in a package the Flames have no real chance at landing these guys.

Hagman- I have heard teams like St. Louis, Florida and Phoenix with a small return projected heading the other way.
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