Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Hiller, Engelland and Raymond

Day One

Day one of free agency has come and gone, and the Flames were part of the action.

Early in the day we learned that Flames had signed Cochrane native Mason Raymond. The Flames granted Raymond a three year $9.5 million dollar contract. Raymond who had troubles landing a contract last off-season, ended up recording 19 goals and 45 points for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Raymond a left winger will try to help fill the void left by Cammalleri; who signed a five year deal with New Jersey.

A little bit later on the Flames announced they had signed goaltender Jonas Hiller. The Swiss born goaltender signed a two year, $9 million dollar deal. Hiller who at times had been considered one of the better goaltenders in the league, had a mediocre but respectable season last year with Anaheim. Jonas Hiller was brought to Anaheim by Brian Burke and re-unites with him in Calgary. No doubt Jonas will come in looking to be the number one goalie in Calgary. Ramo who got the endorsement of coach Hartley, will have to once again fight to show he can be a starting goaltender in the NHL, before his contract expires next summer.

Lastly we learned the Flames signed a right handed defense-man to a three year $8.7 million dollar deal. That defense-man was announced to be the big rugged physical Deryk Engelland, formally out of Pittsburgh. The price is steep but with O'Brien (buy out. UFA) , Butler (UFA), Derek Smith (UFA), Chad Billins (KHL), Breen (BOS), and James Martin (UFA) leaving the team, the Flames needed to start signing some defense-man that can help the NHL team. Engelland is known for his physical style. Treliving when asked said the Flames targeted the Edmonton born defense-man because he is a "character guy" and a "great teammate". Treliving stressed that it is important to surround the young players with great character and leadership. With Engelland, Bollig, Wolf, McGrattan, VanBrabant, Bouma and likely Kanzig, the young players at the NHL & AHL level, will be protected just fine. 

That was it for Calgary on day one.
Other Tid Bits:
-Brian Lawton said the Flames are interested in David Booth. If this is true it would potentially add another LW. 
-Flames likely to sign more defense-man to help fill both NHL & AHL roster spots. I think Treliving would prefer Wotherspoon to start in the AHL next season.
-Flames offered Paul Byron a contract. Byron was not qualified by the team but was offered a new contract. We wait to see if the speedy forward does return.
-Treliving was vocal in saying that he is not done adding to this roster. He indicated trades are still a possibility this summer as other teams try to shed salary.
-Flames only have 18 players signed on their NHL roster with $19.163.333 in cap space.

Happy Canada Day!

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