Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Flames Sign Three More

The Flames took some action on Wednesday by re-signing defenseman Jim Vandermeer and then added his older brother, forward Peter Vandermeer and forward Curtis Glencross. All three players were unrestricted free agents and all of the details of their deals were not disclosed.

Jim Vandermeer played in 75 games between Chicago, Philadelphia and Calgary last season, scoring 3 goals and adding 14 assists. Vandermeer is known more for his rough & tumble type of play than his scoring, which is just fine, according to the Flames management.

The addition of Peter Vandermeer is more likely going to figure into the minor system, as per the statement that GM Darryl Sutter had made regarding the signings. There doesn't seem to be much hope that he'll make the jump to the big time, but stranger things have happened.

Curtis Glencross became a Group VI unrestricted free agent this summer from Edmonton and has now been picked up by their provincial rivals. Glencross brought speed and grit to the Oilers line-up, but have now failed to pick him up for another year and he is now Calgary's gain. Glencross finished last season with 25 points (15G, 10A) in 62 games.

Jarome IginlaDion PhaneufMiikka Kiprusoff
Daymond LangkowAdrian AucoinCurtis McElhinney
Mike CammalleriRobyn Regehr
Matthew LombardiAnders Eriksson
Craig ConroyJim Vandermeer
Curtis GlencrossCory Sarich
Dustin BoydRhett Warrener
David Moss
Eric Nystrom
Wayne Primeau
Marcus Nilson

The team didn't release the final numbers for Langkow, Conroy, Nystrom and McElhinney, but with some digging, some approximate numbers were found. Langkow reportedly earned a 4-year, $20 million deal; Conroy signed for 2 years at $2.1 million in total; Nystrom got 2 years a $1.376 million; and McElhinney received a 1-year deal at $650,000.

Now with the addition of (Jim) Vandermeer and Glencross to the line-up, the Flames now have 19 active players ready to go. Since Vandermeer and Glencross don't have salary numbers disclosed, the total of $50.4 for the other 17 players will have to do for now.

The Flames had waived Eriksson, Warrener and Nilson last week, but they were not picked up and will remain on the squad and count against the cap.

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