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D Wideman traded to CGY, signs 5-yr contract

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And signed at $5.25/yr for 5 years

For Jordan Henry and a 5th rounder.

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Not that I am mad Holland didn't make this deal...but I sure hope Holland has his two defensemen on Sunday because the plan B's are running slim... That being said, Suter/Schultz me please!

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Besides being a right-handed shot, I never thought there was much appeal to signing Wideman for the Red Wings. He isn't very good at all in his own zone and that's certainly a glaring deficiency of the Wings defense now with the loss of Nick and Stuart.

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...also, Calgary has 5 forwards to sign and have 7 D already signed..they have $12M in cap space. It was rumored that they were on Schultz's short list, does signing Wideman eliminate them? They have no spot for him to play...

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...also, Calgary has 5 forwards to sign and have 7 D already signed..they have $12M in cap space. It was rumored that they were on Schultz's short list, does signing Wideman eliminate them? They have no spot for him to play...

That's where the rumors of them shopping Jay Bouwmeester come into play.

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So if Wideman is worth $5.25m a year, what is Suter going to be worth?

That's what I was thinking. Suter 2 years younger, better defensively. Wideman has put up more points (marginally), not nearly as strong defensively. A career -39 for Wideman to Suter's +46. Despite looking at that bare statistical comparison, I think Suter's looking at more $7-million to start. $7.25-million I think is the sweet spot, just because he is the premiere defensive talent on the market this year and the options for other clubs just dwindled by 1.

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Has there ever been an UFA who's rights have been traded that didn't immediately sign with that team? I can't think of any which makes me nervous to hear about anyone trying to acquire Parise or Suter's rights. I am aware that Poile said he would not trade Suter's rights but you never know.

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I recall Mats Sundin's rights were traded by the Leafs to the Habs but he ended up signing with Vancouver.

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I'm glad that Wideman is no longer an option for us. He just looks terrible in his own zone.

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Has there ever been an UFA who's rights have been traded that didn't immediately sign with that team? I can't think of any which makes me nervous to hear about anyone trying to acquire Parise or Suter's rights. I am aware that Poile said he would not trade Suter's rights but you never know.

I can't think of the details specifically off the top of my head, but wasn't there someone who had their rights traded 2 times within a couple of days last June because he wouldn't sign with the first team that traded for them? Think one of the teams was Buffalo for some reason.

edit: Christian Ehrhoff to the Islanders & then to Buffalo maybe? Of course Garth Snow would have to be involved.

Edited by ogreslayer

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I recall Mats Sundin's rights were traded by the Leafs to the Habs but he ended up signing with Vancouver.

Bah! How could I forget that one? Good catch.

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Hahaha, Calgary get better each year. 5.25 mil a year for Wideman? Enjoy his 6 PP goals and -30 +/- rating.

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Hahaha, Calgary get better each year. 5.25 mil a year for Wideman? Enjoy his 6 PP goals and -30 +/- rating.

And there's a valid reason why Calgary obviously wasn't concerned about his poor play in the playoffs this year.

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Has there ever been an UFA who's rights have been traded that didn't immediately sign with that team? I can't think of any which makes me nervous to hear about anyone trying to acquire Parise or Suter's rights. I am aware that Poile said he would not trade Suter's rights but you never know.

Dan Hamhuis is one that pops to mind recently.

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Wow Suter is going to be one happy camper, if Wideman is worth 26 for 5 years, Ryan will go through the roof.

Expect a caphit of like 8.5+

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Wow Suter is going to be one happy camper, if Wideman is worth 26 for 5 years, Ryan will go through the roof.

Expect a caphit of like 8.5+

Do we have to assume Suter's a money-grubber?

As for Wideman - like someone else already said: apart from being right-handed and possessing above-average offensive instincts (for a blue-liner), Wideman's really nothing special. He's been built up to be this premier top-4 defenseman because this UFA market is so obscenely thin. I'd much rather sign Garrison.

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The Flames don't learn from their mistakes. With the salary cap You can't overpay players and expect to be successful. At least it's not as bad as the Bouwmeester or Stajan deals.

If the Flames don't make the playoffs this year, which they shouldn't, Iginla won't want to stay there

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Wow Suter is going to be one happy camper, if Wideman is worth 26 for 5 years, Ryan will go through the roof.

Expect a caphit of like 8.5+

Honestly, right now Holland needs to throw the wallet at Suter.....10 years $90M...Suter is a MUST! It's our glaring need and Holland will need to overpay him to secure his services for the rest of his career!

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