The Calgary Flames didn’t make the playoffs, but they still spent like a team that did. Despite that notion, some of the team’s biggest success stories in the post-Darryl Sutter turnaround were their “budget” players.
Along with the impressive finish by not-so-budget captain Jarome Iginla ($7.5 million cap hit), the Flames received great contributions from cheap veterans Alex Tanguay ($1.7 million, 69 points), Brendan Morrison ($725K, 43 points) and rising young forward Curtis Glencross ($1.2 million, 43 points). Unfortunately, with that silver lining there was a catch: Tanguay, Morrison and Glencross ranked among the team’s pending free agents. That’s not a great thing since the team isn’t exactly swimming in salary cap room.
While Tanguay and Morrison remain question marks, Glencross avoided unrestricted free agency by signing with the team. Vicki Hall of the Calgary Herald writes that it is a multi-year deal with a “significant raise” and a no-movement clause, although terms have not yet been revealed.
The salary cap is expected to be around $62.2 million in 2011-12, so the Flames will have about $8.9 million to work with before the Glencross deal. They have a bit less than $53.3 million devoted to 16 players at the moment, so it will be interesting to see how much the team has left once the terms of the contract are announced.
Either way, the Flames re-signed a forward who finished the 2010-11 season on a hot streak, scoring 24 of his 43 points (including 12 of his 24 goals) in his final 31 games after the All-Star Break. We’ll let you know the damage of the deal when those details are released.
Jakub Voracek totally understands why nobody’s expecting much from the Philadelphia Flyers. When a team finishes 14 points out of the playoffs the year before, that’s typically going to be the case.
“We weren’t good enough last year, let’s face it,” Voracek told CSN Philly.
So, no, it doesn’t upset him that the Flyers aren’t considered among the Stanley Cup favorites.
That being said, “it makes you feel you want to prove them wrong.”
The Flyers get going tonight with a tough game against the Lightning in Tampa Bay. They also play Saturday in Florida against the Panthers, before a rematch with the Panthers Monday in Philadelphia.
“My biggest concern would be getting off to a good start,” GM Ron Hextall said. “That’s one thing that we need to do.”
That’s something they didn’t do last year. In fact, they won just once in their first six games. By the end of November, they were 8-12-3 and in a big hole — one that proved too deep to climb out of.
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The Arizona Coyotes might not be using John Scott‘s services after all.
The team waived him this afternoon, per Craig Morgan. It’s possible that the Coyotes are simply giving themselves options as Scott clearing would allow them to send him down quickly at any point until he plays in 10 games or 30 days pass. At the same time, any team looking for a gritty fourth-line forward or third-pairing defenseman might be tempted to claim him in light of his affordable $575K cap hit for the 2015-16 campaign.
Scott is an imposing presence on the ice at 6-foot-8 and 260 pounds, but he doesn’t bring much to the table other than his physical play and willingness to drop the gloves. In terms of offensive abilities, he’s among the least capable in the league. In fact, the four points he recorded last season with the San Jose Sharks represented a career-high for the 33-year-old.
Meanwhile, Dan Cleary went unclaimed on waivers, according to Bob McKenzie, setting the stage for him to be reassigned to the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins.