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  • The Press Box June 28, 2012

    Calgary Flames
    The Flames made some moves yesterday. First they acquired and then signed defenseman Dennis Wideman from the Washington Capitals. The contract is a five year deal with an average cap hit of $5.25. That is a very interesting trade and signing and with Jay Bouwmeester already in trade rumors it would appear Flames GM Jay Feaster plans on not having Bouwmeester on the Flames roster for the 2012-2013 season. Calgary has seven defensemen under contract with a total cap hit of $21.2 million according to cap geek.
    Jay Bouwmeester $6.680,000
    Dennis Wideman $5,250,000
    Mark Giordano $4,020,000
    Anton Babchuk $2,500,000
    Chris Butler $1,250,000
    Derek Smith $775,000
    T.J. Brodie $741,000
    Corey Sarich UFA
    Scott Hannan UFA

    Moving Bouwmeester would be a mistake in my opinion. With his cap hit he would be a salary dump, meaning the Flames would receive less than market value in return. While Bouwmeester has little fantasy value, his value to a NHL team is tremendous. Over paid? Yes, but still a very valuable member of the team.

    Mark Giordano is the most valuable member of their defensive corps and the number one. Anton Babchuk who was resigned to a two year deal last summer was a regular in the press box. Chris Butler was a good value asset and rounds out the top four. Scott Hannan and Corey Sarich both played well defensively for Calgary but with the emergence of T.J. Brodie, only one will likely be resigned if any.

    This is just the latest in a bizarre series of moves by the Flames organization. It appears they see themselves as a win now team in contention. That is not what I see when I look at their roster and recent history. Time will tell, but to me Calgary appears to be a mismanaged team spiraling out of control destined for years of ineptitude.

    The other move made by the Flames on Wednesday was the resigning of Blake Comeau to a one year $1.25 million contract. Comeau is a player who should produce better fantasy value but does not. Perhaps that is a result of playing for the Islanders and Flames but with a one year low ca hit deal, he has to produce or risk losing an NHL job. Comeau is worthy of a late round pick in a deep fantasy league.

    Salary Cap for 2012-2013
    Elliotte Friedman of CBC tweeted what he expects the upper limit of the salary cap to be for next season.

    Elliotte Friedman ‏@FriedgeHNIC

    Upper limit of salary cap to be $70.2 million

    Fantasy Hockey Dark Horse
    The Carolian Hurricanes rookie development camp is on right now and Jeremy Welsh is getting some serious attention from Coach Kirk Muller.
    He already looks a little bit stronger than the last game, Muller said. If I was him right now Id look at the situation and say theres opportunity her. Hes the type of player were looking for, to get more size in our lineup.

    Its up to him. Hes still got to earn that spot, but certainly theres an opening there for him.

    Read more here:
    Welsh was signed by Carolina out of college late last season and made his NHL debut in the final regular season game.

    Welsh is a big center at 6'3", 200 LBS. He plays a solid two-way game and utilizes his size and strength well. His fantasy value is limited in terms of offensive production but his peripheral stats such as hits, PIM's should compensate.

    Justin Schultz
    The daily Schultz update. He has still not signed and not given any indication as to where his preference is. Bob McKenzie called it "the cone of silence" on Twitter.

    It is still believed that the teams he is considering based on the meetings he has entertained are the Canucks, Oilers, Rangers, Flyers, and Maple Leafs.

    Teams not interviewed were the Detroit Red Wings, Dallas Stars and Columbus Blue Jackets.

    Keith Yandle
    Heavily rumored to be on the trade market as the emergence of Oliver Ekman-Larsson as the clubs number one defender and now the acquisition of Zbynek Michalek indicate that a Yandle deal is coming. The Coyotes have a crowded blue line with promising youth demanding a shot. Expect the Coyotes to move Yandle later in July after Suter is off the market. Teams missing out on Suter will be scrambling for the consolation prize and his value will never be higher. The teams after Yandle include Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and Edmonton. Any of those teams would vastly increase Yandle's fantasy value and he could lead the NHL in defenseman scoring next season should he land in any of those cities.

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    By: Peter Harling
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