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No rebuild in Calgary

Jun 28, 2012, 8:44 AM EDT

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The Calgary Flames don’t look like a Stanley Cup contender and it doesn’t look like they’re heading in that direction.

The acquisition and signing of Dennis Wideman doesn’t change that, but it is a strong indication that they were being genuine all those times they insisted that they weren’t about to enter a rebuilding phase.

“We’re not tearing it down,” Flames GM Jay Feaster told ESPN.com.

The Calgary Flames might trade away Jay Bouwmeester to off-set the cap burden of Wideman’s five-year, $26.25 million contract. After all, despite their insistence that they want to compete, they reportedly have no intention of spending anywhere close to the salary cap. Bouwmeester comes with a very unappealing $6.68 million annual cap hit through 2013-14, but with the free agent market so thin, Calgary should be able to find a couple potential suitors.

Beyond that, it doesn’t look like they’ll be shopping any noteworthy veterans. In particularly, they’re expected to stick with Jarome Iginla and Miikka Kiprusoff rather than trade one or both of their aging superstars in the hopes of acquiring the prospects that might eventually contribute to getting Calgary out of their rut.

To be fair, this won’t be their last opportunity to trade either superstar. Iginla’s contract expires in the summer of 2013 and, if the Calgary Flames aren’t competitive by the deadline, they will have the option to trade Iginla to a squad making a Stanley Cup run. If nothing else, his $7 million annual cap hit will be less of a factor at that point.

If nothing else, the province of Alberta can be seen as a case study. One team has taken the idea of rebuilding through the draft to its extreme while the other has tried to push themselves above mediocre by adding on more veterans via trades and the free agent market. We’ll see which strategy breeds better results in Western Canada.

  1. nobandwagoners - Jun 28, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    How long can you bang your head against the wall before you realize that the wall is stronger than your head?

    Rebuilds are depressing. So it’s understandable if the organization don’t want to go that route and “give up” hope for the season(s) while that takes place. Fair enough. How about meeting half way? The Flames don’t need to pursue a total gut job but why not let a few key assets (i.e., veterans) go in return for some new, younger blood to supplement the other cogs? Do a mini-rebuild and give the fans some hope.

    Let Jarome go! He’s still a great power forward and teams would line up to bid for his services. It could be a win-win for both the Flames organization and Jarome. Kipper also would garner interest.

  2. theawesomersfranchise - Jun 28, 2012 at 12:42 PM

    Hello Maple Leafs West, enjoy the ride

  3. ron05342 - Jun 28, 2012 at 4:31 PM

    “ ‘We’re not tearing it down,’ Flames GM Jay Feaster told ESPN.com.”

    Welcome to the unemployment line, Jay…because that is where you are going after one or two more mediocre seasons in Calgary.

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