Friday, September 17, 2010

Flames Open Camp Today

Finally found an active camp roster on the Flames website tonight. I had most of it down already, but its good to see the last few names appear and get their shot in camp. This being said, let's see how it all looks, shall we?

Goal number one for the Flames this season will have to be making the playoffs again, after missing out in 2010.  There is a slight mix of new names and old faces from the roster that finished the regular season in April and I think the jury is out as to whether or not they actually improved.

For the most part, the Summer roster that you see on the top half of the table should pan out to be the opening night roster, likely with only small tweaks left to do.  There isn't too much for bubble players at first glance, as everyone on the roster should have a role in the Sutter system, but there are going to be some cap concerns that will necessitate some change.

Jarome IginlaIan WhiteMiikka Kiprusoff
Rene BourqueMarc GiordanoHenrik Karlsson
Matt StajanJay Bouwmeester
Olli JokinenRobyn Regehr
Niklas HagmanSteve Staios
Daymond LangkowAdam Pardy
Alex TanguayCory Sarich
Curtis Glencross
Ales Kotalik
David Moss
Craig Conroy
Tim Jackman
Raitis Ivanans
John ArmstrongGord BaldwinLeland Irving
Mikael BacklundChris BreenMatt Keetley
Carter BancksT.J. BrodieJean-Phillipe Lamoureux
Lance BoumaStaffan Kronwall
Bryan CameronJosh Meyers
Hugo CarpentierJohn Negrin
Kris ChuckoGiffen Nyren
Cam CunningMatt Pelech
Ryley GranthamKeith Seabrook
Ryan Howse
Logan MacMillan
Stefan Meyer
Greg Nemisz
Gaelan Patterson
Jon Rheault
Ryan Stone
Brett Sutter
Mitch Wahl
J.D. Watt

Salary CapHow much change, you ask? Well, the Summer roster, plus one buyout, comes in over the salary cap ceiling at $61.5 million, which is a shade over $2 million over the ceiling. The Flames have been known in the past to carry less players on their roster in order to save money on cap space and that could be just as likely, possibly even losing guys through waivers when they choose to demote them. That will probably be just as good.  I could see the Flames waiving players like Cory Sarich and Ales Kotalik, just to test the waters before actually sending them down to the minors for cap relief.

Well, my personal preference, being a Canucks fan and all, is that I just don't pick Flames players.  I like to cheer for the players that are on my hockey pool team and by cheering on a single Flames player, I would feel dirty and ashamed.  Yes, I'm telling you how I really feel.

Nevertheless, the Flames are generally a popular team in my pool anyways, since I'm based in Calgary and well, that is the hometown team for many who participate.  Yes, most people here do cheer for the Flames, which has been the downfall of some of the participants of this pool, picking their favourite players way too early and giving up a lot of potential points in the process.

From a strictly professional view, I think the addition of Alex Tanguay back into the fold is going to be a good thing for both himself and Jarome Iginla and that could make both of them pretty big steals this year.  I'm looking to see Jay Bouwmeester bounce back and Niklas Hagman to find a bit more touch, now that he's back in the Western Conference full-time.

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