Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Flames Go Ahead

The Flames will open up their season in Vancouver with some new faces in their line-up. Out are Alex Tanguay (MTL), Anders Eriksson (minors) and Rhett Warrener (IR) and in is Todd Bertuzzi, Mike Cammalleri, Mark Giordano, Adam Pardy and Brandon Prust. It's a different looking Flames team and it does have plenty of potential to be very dynamic.

The new faces and old favourites could be a good blend for battle in the Northwest Division and could be a good spot to pick from for your fantasy team. In my draft last night, nine Flames were taken, including Curtis Glencross, who does have sleeper potential.

Jarome IginlaDion PhaneufMiikka Kiprusoff
Daymond LangkowAdrian AucoinCurtis McElhinney
Mike CammalleriRobyn Regehr
Todd BertuzziJim Vandermeer
Matthew LombardiCory Sarich
Craig ConroyRhett Warrener
Curtis GlencrossMark Giordano
Rene BourqueAdam Pardy
David Moss
Eric Nystrom
Wayne Primeau
Andre Roy
Brandon Prust

The roster being set gives us a final number for the Flames for their salary cap concerns. The 22-man roster, plus the inclusion of Warrener (who doesn't count today because of being on the IR), the Flames are sitting at $56.8 million, which is only an approximate value, and only $100,000 over the limit. The likelihood is that the team will try and move Warrener in the near future, but as he doesn't count, the team doesn't have much to worry about at the moment.

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