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Calgary Flames; Filling the holes with Free Agency.

There are some good free agents this season. The Flames should use this years not so deep free agency to try and grab the few guys they should without busting too much cap. They have a few big contracts coming up in a few years, but I don’t believe Gaudreau and Monahan will be asking for over 4 Million when they’re entry level deals are up. The Flames have too many mediocre NHL-calibre forwards up front (David Jones, Brandon Bollig, Mason Raymond, Drew Shore). They need to increase the bottom six severely. Defense is good, but could be improved, the top 4 is good. Giordano, Brodie, Wideman, and Russell should stay, they need to sign a 3rd Defensive pair in free agency. Goaltending, we don’t know what the final call is on that yet.

Things they need:

  • Better bottom-six forwards
  • 3rd Defensive pair

Things they could improve:

  • Forward group, Top-six, Bottom-six
  • 3rd Defensive pair

The guys I could see them going after; Doesn’t mean they will get them, Just guys I think they might attempt at.

Mike Green – A solid offensive defensemen, who is actually from Calgary. Would enjoy to see him in Calgary.

Paul Martin – A good stay at home defensemen, who if was significantly cheaper would be a good pick up.

Justin Williams – A solid playoff performer, all around good player, would be a good fit in Calgary, will leave LA.

Francois Beauchemin – Another good stay at home defensemen, age is pushing it, but he would be a good fit.

Micheal Frolik – Underrated talent, who if got at the right price, would be a good pick up for Calgary.

Shawn Matthias – Big power forward who can use his size, probably cheaper, would be solid in Calgary.

Joel Ward – Big grinding forward, plays the style Calgary does, proven playoff performer, would be good in Calgary.

Matt Beleskey – Scored a career high in goals this season, proved he has offensive talent, would be a good fit.

Cody Franson – If picked up at the right price would be solid, he is good but tends to want more money than he is worth.

Mike Green D 29 WAS TBD $6,083,333 UFA
Martin St. Louis RW 39 NYR TBD $5,625,000 UFA
Shawn Horcoff LW 36 DAL TBD $5,500,000 UFA
Paul Martin D 34 PIT TBD $5,000,000 UFA
Lubomir Visnovsky D 38 NYI TBD $4,750,000 UFA
Martin Erat RW 33 AZ TBD $4,500,000 UFA
Mike Fisher C 35 NSH TBD $4,200,000 UFA
Andrej Meszaros D 29 BUF TBD $4,125,000 UFA
Christian Ehrhoff D 32 PIT TBD $4,000,000 UFA
Daniel Briere RW 37 COL TBD $4,000,000 UFA
Antti Niemi G 31 SJS TBD $3,800,000 UFA
Sergei Gonchar D 41 MTL TBD $3,759,139 UFA
Justin Schultz D 24 EDM TBD $3,675,000 RFA
Sheldon Souray D 38 ANA TBD $3,666,667 UFA
Justin Williams RW 33 LAK TBD $3,650,000 UFA
Matt Cullen C 38 NSH TBD $3,500,000 UFA
Michael Ryder RW 35 NJD TBD $3,500,000 UFA
Francois Beauchemin D 35 ANA TBD $3,500,000 UFA
Scottie Upshall LW 31 FLA TBD $3,500,000 UFA
John Oduya D 33 CHI TBD $3,375,000 UFA
Michael Frolik RW 27 WPG TBD $3,300,000 UFA
Rich Peverley RW 32 DAL TBD $3,250,000 UFA
Jan Hejda D 36 COL TBD $3,250,000 UFA
Jarret Stoll C 32 LAK TBD $3,250,000 UFA
Bryce Salvador D 39 NJD TBD $3,166,668 UFA
Barret Jackman D 34 STL TBD $3,166,667 UFA
Derek Stepan C 24 NYR TBD $3,075,000 RFA
Robyn Regehr D 35 LAK TBD $3,000,000 UFA
Tomas Kopecky LW 33 FLA TBD $3,000,000 UFA
Joel Ward RW 34 WAS TBD $3,000,000 UFA
Viktor Fasth G 32 EDM TBD $2,900,000 UFA
Nazem Kadri C 24 TOR TBD $2,900,000 RFA
Jonathan Bernier G 26 TOR TBD $2,900,000 RFA
Kyle Brodziak RW 32 MIN TBD $2,833,333 UFA
Karri Ramo G 28 CGY TBD $2,750,000 UFA
Mikkel Boedker LW 25 AZ TBD $2,550,000 RFA
Dan Cleary RW 36 DET TBD $2,500,000 UFA
Damien Brunner RW 29 NJD TBD $2,500,000 UFA
Carl Hagelin LW 26 NYR TBD $2,250,000 RFA
Ryan Wilson D 28 COL TBD $2,250,000 UFA
Bryan Allen D 34 MTL TBD $2,213,441 UFA
Michal Rozsival D 36 CHI TBD $2,200,000 UFA
Brad Richards C 35 CHI TBD $2,000,000 UFA
Craig Smith RW 25 NSH TBD $2,000,000 RFA
Marcus Johannson LW 24 WAS TBD $2,000,000 RFA
Colin Wilson LW 25 NSH TBD $2,000,000 RFA
John Erskine D 34 WAS TBD $1,962,500 UFA
Josh Harding G 30 MIN TBD $1,900,000 UFA
Jonas Gustavsson G 30 DET TBD $1,850,000 UFA
Braden Holtby G 25 WAS TBD $1,850,000 RFA
Conor Allen D 25 NYR TBD $1,775,000 RFA
Shawn Matthias LW 27 VAN TBD $1,750,000 UFA
Vladimir Tarasenko RW 23 STL TBD $1,750,000 RFA
Mike Weaver D 37 MTL TBD $1,750,000 UFA
Dougie Hamilton D 21 BOS TBD $1,744,167 RFA
Gregory Campbell C 31 BOS TBD $1,600,000 UFA
Jim Slater C 32 WPG TBD $1,600,000 UFA
Adam McQuaid D 28 BOS TBD $1,566,667 UFA
Brenden Morrow LW 36 TBL TBD $1,550,000 UFA
Jonathan Huberdeau LW 22 FLA TBD $1,531,667 RFA
Eric Fehr C 29 WAS TBD $1,500,000 UFA
Martin Havlat LW 34 NJD TBD $1,500,000 UFA
Mikael Backlund C 26 CGY TBD $1,500,000 RFA
Keith Ballard D 32 MIN TBD $1,500,000 UFA
Ludwig Karlsson LW 24 DAL TBD $1,475,000 RFA
Radek Faksa C 21 DAL TBD $1,400,000 RFA
Peter Budaj G 32 WPG TBD $1,400,000 UFA
Alex Galchenyuk LW 21 MTL TBD $1,350,000 RFA
Matt Beleskey LW 27 ANA TBD $1,350,000 UFA
Jack Campbell G DAL TBD $1,340,000 RFA
Mikael Granlund C 23 MIN TBD $1,325,000 RFA
Marcus Kruger C 25 CHI TBD $1,325,000 RFA
Mika Zibanejad C 22 OTT TBD $1,319,167 RFA
Michael Del Zotto D 24 PHI TBD $1,300,000 UFA
Daniel Paille LW 31 BOS TBD $1,300,000 UFA
Dylan McIlrath D 23 NYR TBD $1,295,000 RFA
Brendan Smith D 26 DET TBD $1,262,500 RFA
Erik Condra LW 28 OTT TBD $1,250,000 UFA
Matt Bartkowski D 27 BOS TBD $1,250,000 UFA
Patrick Kaleta RW 29 BUF TBD $1,250,000 UFA
Mark Letestu C 30 CBJ TBD $1,250,000 UFA
Kimmo Timonen D 40 CHI TBD $1,223,118 UFA
Matt Carkner D 34 NYI TBD $1,221,505 UFA
Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson LW 24 STL TBD $1,200,000 RFA
Ilya Bryzgalov G 34 ANA TBD $1,176,774 UFA
Brandon Crombeen RW 29 AZ TBD $1,150,000 UFA
Brad Richardson C 30 VAN TBD $1,150,000 UFA
Tyler Biggs RW 22 TOR TBD $1,137,500 RFA
Brock Nelson C 23 NYI TBD $1,112,500 RFA
Petri Kontiola C 30 TOR TBD $1,100,000 UFA
David Booth LW 30 TOR TBD $1,100,000 UFA
Brendan Gaunce D 25 VAN TBD $1,087,500 RFA
Evgeny Kuznetsov C 23 WAS TBD $1,082,500 RFA
Quinton Howden LW 23 FLA TBD $1,070,000 RFA
Mike Ribeiro C 35 NSH TBD $1,050,000 UFA
Tomas Fleischmann LW 31 ANA TBD $1,040,322 UFA
Erik Cole RW 36 DET TBD $1,016,129 UFA
Carl Soderberg C 29 BOS TBD $1,008,334 UFA
Steve Downie RW 28 PIT TBD $1,000,000 UFA
Ray Emery G 32 PHI TBD $1,000,000 UFA
Thomas Greiss G 29 PIT TBD $1,000,000 UFA
Scott Hannan D 36 SJS TBD $1,000,000 UFA
Matt Irwin D 27 SJS TBD $1,000,000 UFA
Anton Volchenkov D 33 NSH TBD $1,000,000 UFA
Cody Franson D 27 NSH TBD $993,549 UFA
Matt Calvert LW 25 CBJ TBD $987,500 RFA
Andrew Johnston LW 23 PHI TBD $958,333 RFA
Brenden Dillon D 24 SJS TBD $954,301 RFA
Gustav Nyquist RW 25 DET TBD $950,000 RFA
Alexandre Mallet LW 23 NYI TBD $925,000 RFA
Matt Carey C 23 CHI TBD $925,000 RFA
Greg Carey LW 25 AZ TBD $925,000 RFA
Kevin Czuczman D 24 NYI TBD $925,000 RFA
Juho Olkinuora G 24 WPG TBD $925,000 RFA
Martin Frk RW 21 DET TBD $925,000 RFA
Jimmy Hayes RW 25 FLA TBD $925,000 RFA
Magnus Hellberg G 24 NSH TBD $925,000 RFA

Coleton MacDonald
The Founder of Weliveforhockey.com
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