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Flames sign Devin Setoguchi

Aug 23, 2014, 3:08 PM EDT

The Calgary Flames announced Saturday that they’ve signed free agent forward Devin Setoguchi to a one-year contract.

According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, the deal carries an annual average value of $750,000.

Setoguchi, an Alberta native, spent the 2013-14 season with the Winnipeg Jets where he scored 11 goals and 27 points in 75 games.

In 459 career NHL games with the San Jose Sharks, Minnesota Wild and Winnipeg, the 27-year-old has 127 goals and 122 assists.

The 6-foot, 200-pound right winger was originally a first-round pick (8th overall) by the Sharks in 2005.

This is a low-risk deal for the Flames. If Setoguchi can re-gain his scoring touch, which saw him have three consecutive seasons of 20-plus goals with the Sharks, it’ll be a real bargain for Calgary. If not, he’s off the books after this season.



  1. atwatercrushesokoye - Aug 23, 2014 at 3:17 PM

    Annual Average Value seems like an odd thing to talk about on a one year deal.

  2. avfanforlife - Aug 23, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    Is it just me, or is it difficult for everyone else to understand Jet management’s strategy?

    • Hard to BeLeaf - Aug 23, 2014 at 11:44 PM

      I don’t blame management. There’s no much they can do. Winnipeg compared to other NHL cities is probably one of the least desirable. It’s one of the coldest, there’s not much to do compared to other NHL cities. It limits the UFA’s that are willing to go there. Even trading, players with NTCs avoid rebuilds, so Winnipeg’s not a goto location. Their best option is through the draft, which isn’t a bad idea for the next few years because it doesn’t look like the Hawks, Wild, Avs, Stars, and Blues are going away anytime soon.

      • pfpmb - Aug 24, 2014 at 10:36 AM

        I think it’s pretty clear what “Jet management strategy” is. They traded for a guy who didn’t perform up to their expectations so they moved on from him. You miss on a couple of more of these, they’ll have another “Jet management strategy” with a new GM.

        As for Hard to BeLeaf’s comments, has it been proven that Winnipeg is probably the least desirable place to play? Coldest place is one thing that cannot be argued but what are you using to substantiate “there’s not much to do compared to other NHL cities?” That’s just pure ignorance.

      • rsmaggiemae - Aug 25, 2014 at 12:16 AM

        I am from Minnesota and the Wild went thru what the Jets are going thru as far as good players wanting to play for the team
        It takes some big names like what happened to the Wild to get things going as many players dont realize how great the fans are in each city and it takes time to build
        and it takes tons of money also…
        It was 10 years or more before the Wild have become a threat in the conference
        and its great that Minnesota and Wisc players want to come home to play for the Wild we love that our hometown boys come back to play in front of the fans
        Former Gophers, Sioux, Badgers just great
        Winnipeg be patient it will take time and be prepared to spend big bucks

      • Hard to BeLeaf - Aug 25, 2014 at 1:36 AM

        I’m a hockey fan who likes to go on the road to watch my team, there’s only a handful of NHL cities I haven’t been to yet. Name another NHL city and I’ll tell you why it’s more desirable to live in than Winnipeg.

        Weather? Only Edmonton has colder average temperatures.

        Location? Nearest major city is St Paul/Minneapolis, approx 400 miles away.

        Population? Smallest city in the NHL. 730K metro population. The entire province is only 1.2M people.

        For comparison, Buffalo is the smallest US city in the NHL, it has a metro population of 1.1M, plus Toronto 60 miles away, NYC, Philly, Pittsburgh all less than 300 miles away.

  3. lowenni - Aug 23, 2014 at 3:59 PM

    Potentially could be a steal at that price but this guy hasn’t displayed the skills that made him a very promising goal scorer early in his career. That being said, he should get a chance to replace Cammalleri as the team’s sniper and he could be playing with some good set up guys like Hudler or Gaudreau. I like the direction the Flames are heading in, they’re building very well. I don’t think Setoguchi is gonna get his career back on track though, he’s had his chances. NHL skills, below average hockey qi and work ethic.

  4. rushledger - Aug 23, 2014 at 4:47 PM

    10 goals 20-30 points would be pay off on this low risk signing to me, assuming he isn’t a defensive liability, which I don’t think he is.

  5. vancouversportsbro - Aug 23, 2014 at 4:55 PM

    At that value it’s a decent signing. The times I saw him in San Jose it looked like he was a solid second-third line guy who plays the game hard. Maybe this could motivate him into getting a better contract next year.

    • purpleguy - Aug 25, 2014 at 4:38 PM

      There’s likely several reasons the Sharks, Wild and now the Jets have moved on. . . . . .

  6. pavelfitzgerald - Aug 24, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    I don’t understand how this signing makes it an opportunity to criticize Winnipeg.
    Seto-lazy isn’t even worth this. The guy is incredibly lazy & unproductive. He makes Dany Heatley look like Jonathan Toews

    • rsmaggiemae - Aug 25, 2014 at 12:19 AM

      He didnt show up on the ice for at least half the games for the Wild it was like he disappeared He seemed more the party type player which probably hurt his career.He better buckle down this season, or he wont be in the NHL next year

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