Calgary Flames: Up in Flames? Cap Issues Looming Large

September 10th, 2010 by Mark Ritter Leave a reply »
According to, the Flames currently have a total of $61,749,995 committed to 23 players, which means somebody has to be trimmed from the roster before the start of the 2010-11 NHL season.

Defensemen Steve Staios ($2.7 million), Cory Sarich ($3.6 million), and forward Nik Hagman ($3.0 million) look to be the most likely candidates to be shipped out.

Complicating matters is the fact that a total of seven forwards, two defensemen, and Mikka Kiprusoff (goaltender) have some form of no-movement/modified no-trade or straight out no-trade clauses, which will make it very unlikely that any of them are moved.

As big as this season’s issue is, the bigger concern is 2011-12.

Calgary has a total of $50,058,333 committed to 14 players in 2011-12, which is an alarming amount of money for so little players.

Of those 14 aforementioned players, nine of them will have some form of no-movement/no-trade clause, which, again, is alarming to say the least.

Of those 14, three will be defensemen (Jay Bouwmeester, Robin Regehr, Cory Sarich), Kipprusoff will still be the No. 1 goaltender and 10 forwards (Jarome Iginla, ...

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