NHL Free Agency: Is Calgary Going Down in Flames?

July 2nd, 2010 by Mark Ritter Leave a reply »
For those of you who grew up in the 80s, you’ll remember the movie Back To The Future. Well, given the Calgary Flames latest free agent signings, that’s exactly what they are doing—going back in hopes of a great future.

Flames general manager Darryl Sutter signed both Olli Jokinen (who signed a two-year, $6 million contract) and Alex Tanguay (who signed a one-year, $1.7 million contract), in hopes that both players can somehow find a way where they failed before.

Jokinen—who was traded to the New York Rangers by the Flames earlier this year—spent parts of two seasons with the Flames, posting eight goals and seven assists for 15 points in 19 games played with the Flames in 2008-09 and 11 goals and 24 assists for 35 points in 56 games played with the Flames in 2009-10.

For those that remember, Jokinen had very little chemistry with Flames Captain Jarome Iginla and, by all accounts, was all but pushed out of the Flames organization by the fans for his lack of scoring and abysmal effort on the ice.

After a good 2006-07 season which saw Alex Tanguay score 22 goals, add 59 assists for 81 points in 81 games played with the ...

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