Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Flames Sign Karlsson

The Flames announced that they have signed their latest acquisition, Henrik Karlsson, to a new 1-year, one-way deal worth $500,000.  Karlsson, acquired from the Sharks on Saturday, was scheduled to become a restricted free agent on Thursday and likely going back to Europe to play before this deal came down. Now Karlsson is at the front of the line for the back-up position behind Miikka Kiprusoff and at a cap friendly rate of $500,000, which should help the Flames with some of their woes.

In 2010, Karlsson played in Sweden in the Elite League with Farjestad and put up some decent numbers.  He has some good size at 6'5" and 205 lbs., so he should fill up quite a bit of space in the net.

The main concern about Karlsson will be how he adapts at the NHL level, but his progress will not be a huge concern as a projected back up in the NHL. He'll get his share of work this season and likely some bonus work if he performs well.

Jarome IginlaMarc GiordanoMiikka Kiprusoff
Rene BourqueJay BouwmeesterHenrik Karlsson
Matt StajanRobyn Regehr
Niklas HagmanSteve Staios
Daymond LangkowAdam Pardy
Curtis GlencrossCory Sarich
Nigel Dawes
Ales Kotalik
David Moss
Mikael Backlund

Karlsson's one-way deal is enough for me to put him up on the team table, despite not having any NHL experience, but even if he falls off the board between now and the start of the regular season, any one of the Flames prospects that are waiting in the wings should be able to step in for roughly the same cost.

Salary CapWith Karlsson added to the list and Kotalik still on the list (his fate still not yet decided with the club after clearing waivers on Tuesday), the Flames have 18 players signed on for $54.2 million, the highest total in the league at this point in the Summer. That leaves them roughly $5.2 million for five players.

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