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Old Posted Jul 15, 2011, 9:22 PM
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The Flames may not win many games this year, but it'll be a lot less painful to watch. Play by play guy Peter Loubardias was let go by SportsNet today.

He's a good guy, but his (fake, I hope) broadcaster voice was... ear shattering at best.
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Interesting article

FLAMES CLOSEST CANADIAN TEAM TO THE SALARY CAP

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At the beginning of July, the Free Agent Frenzy was in full swing with signings coming fast and furious.

Two weeks later and the frenzy has become calm.

Now two weeks into the meat of the off-season, it's time to take a quick look to see where every team in the league stands with regards to the salary cap, starting with the Canadian clubs.

All the numbers below have come from capgeek.com and as a reminder, the NHL's salary cap for the upcoming 2011-12 season is $64.3 million while the cap floor is $48.3 million.

The Calgary Flames, who have 12 players on their roster with either no movement, limited no trades, or straight-up no trade clauses is Canada's team closest to the salary ceiling according to capgeek.com, with a cap number of $61,008,334. Despite being so close to the cap, the Flames still were interested in free agent Brad Richards, who eventually signed with the New York Rangers.

Just a million or so dollars behind Calgary are the defending Western Conference champion Vancouver Canucks at $60,408,333. The Canucks have had a busy off-season locking up Kevin Bieksa to a five-year deal and roll players like Sami Salo and Chris Higgins, among others.

According to capgeek, the Toronto Maple Leafs, who are still reportedly in the market for a top-six forward despite adding Tim Connolly, are at $59,115,000
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After signing Erik Cole and re-signing Andrei Markov to sizable deals, the Montreal Canadiens are sitting at $56,620,510.

In an almost identical position to Montreal from a cap perspective are the Edmonton Oilers who have $56,400,000 committed after buying out the contract of defenceman Sheldon Souray.

The Ottawa Senators have cash to spend as they are currently at $51,870,834.

Even after signing their captain Andrew Ladd to a new contract, the Winnipeg Jets are sitting just under the salary cap at $46,419,166 in salary for next season.
http://tsn.ca/story/?id=371773

The Habs are in a favorable position even though we have Gomez in our payroll.
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Old Posted Jul 15, 2011, 10:09 PM
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And if that doesn't illustrate how horribly mis-managed the Flames were nothing will
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Souray was a good acquisition for the Oilers in the first couple of years until he got injured multiple times, and then turned into a over weight lazy sour grapes.

The verdict is out really if Connolly can stay healthy. He certainly doesn't have the track record to say so.
     
     
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Old Posted Jul 16, 2011, 6:39 AM
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Who the hell does Toronto have that they'd be anywhere close to Calgary in salary? We've overspent on a ton of losers, plus we have several top players in each category (except centre)... while it sucks, at least it makes sense that Calgary is in deep money wise. Guys like Kipper and Iginla and J. Bo. cost money no matter what team they're on.
     
     
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Old Posted Jul 16, 2011, 2:51 PM
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I just hope last year was J-Bouw's final year at his Mexican timeshare in April. Maybe he'll actually try and re-schedule it a bit later for the first time in his hockey career.
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Old Posted Jul 16, 2011, 4:31 PM
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As stupid as the Flames are recently.. occasionally we manage an *actual* steal:

Brendan Morrison (C): 66-9-34-43, +13, $1.25 million ($29,000/point)

Tim Connolly (C): 68-13-29-42, -10, $4.75 million ($113,000/point - almost 4x as much)

About the only major difference between the 2 is their +/-, and age: Connolly is 5 years younger. However, Morrison is a goddamn Ironman by comparison. Morrison gets hurt, sure - but once. Then goes to play the rest of the season.

Connolly had 4 separate injuries last year (groin, head, hip, nasal). Everyone talks about how his last concussion was in 2006 - OK, but since then he's also had 7 other injuries - oblique muscle, "illness", groin (twice), hip, back, rib. That's 11 season-impacting injuries in 4 seasons. The dude is bloody fragile.

Note: just pulling stuff from tsn.ca, please don't crucify me if their stats are slightly off.
     
     
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Great news about Morrison, I was really impressed with him last year. Here's hoping he can stay healthy, the Flames were amuch better team when he was playing, Tanguay would actually shoot the puck instead of just looking for Iggy.
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His health may be an issue, and the salary Burke gave him may be debatable but overreacting much? In his past few relevant seasons, his stats have averaged out to be about 70 points if 82 games played. On this Leafs team, he'll easily play on the first line alongside Kessel. I don't see how signing a veteran, play-maker can harm a team. Especially when the current set of Leafs Centre-man is weak.

The Lebda/Slaney for Franson/Lombardi was a huge win for the Leafs.
I'm sure I'm not the only leafs fan who knows signing veterans and trading isn't feasible.
Look where all the other Canadian teams ended up by doing that
     
     
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The Flames may not win many games this year, but it'll be a lot less painful to watch. Play by play guy Peter Loubardias was let go by SportsNet today.
What great news!
     
     
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The Leafs are paying so much for Connolly because they can afford to. Even if he bombs, it's not like there's a wealth of centres they're missing out on. His contract is only two years and it'll take that long for a true #1 centre to come out of the Leafs development system. Who knows, maybe he'll be healthy from now on. At worst he's a two year stopgap.
     
     
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What great news!
I can drink to this! Most of the sportsnet crew is crap though.
     
     
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What great news!
As long as Roger Millions doesn't start doing it again...
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^ dont even kid about that.
     
     
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RUMOURED Jets logo.

Although based on a few indicators, I'd give it a 75% chance it's legit. Not bad if you ask me. The jersey will be the deal maker/breaker.
     
     
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Old Posted Jul 22, 2011, 5:43 PM
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Other hockey news (man, it's been slow this summer): Boogard's dealer .. err brother has been charged in his death. Apparently he got him the Oxy pills.
     
     
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Old Posted Jul 22, 2011, 5:53 PM
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Hey, it IS Sconadian. Just a slightly less trollish version.

Slightly.
     
     
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The Maple Leaf? Seriously?
     
     
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Old Posted Jul 22, 2011, 6:27 PM
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The Maple Leaf? Seriously?
I'm not sure why people are so weirded out by this. It is our national symbol after all.

There are plenty of "Stars n' Stripes" themed logos on American teams. A little more patriotism wouldn't hurt in Canada if you ask me.
     
     
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