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D Wideman traded to CGY, signs 5-yr contract

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#21 Dabura

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Posted 27 June 2012 - 03:54 PM

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.

Edited by Dabura, 27 June 2012 - 03:55 PM.

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Posted 27 June 2012 - 04:17 PM

With options declining, prices will go up.

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Posted 27 June 2012 - 04:23 PM

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.
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Posted 27 June 2012 - 06:08 PM

I don't see Calgary making the playoffs with this signing. *sigh* Not that they were going to make the playoffs anyways. lol

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Posted 27 June 2012 - 07:18 PM

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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Posted 27 June 2012 - 07:21 PM

How did Buffalo let him go?

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Posted 27 June 2012 - 08:27 PM

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!


That would be the truth about the start of our decline.
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Posted 27 June 2012 - 08:38 PM

With options declining, prices will go up.


Not necessarily. If only 2 or 3 teams can afford a player like Suter, for example, Wideman's signing doesn't affect those teams or his price. But 8.5 is just a million or so higher than we expected.
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Posted 27 June 2012 - 09:15 PM

Good! I am not losing sleep over this one. I would have gone postal if he signed with the Wings.

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Posted 28 June 2012 - 12:07 AM

Kipper gonna love playing behind this guy. :tounge:
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Posted 28 June 2012 - 01:23 AM

Let`s thank Calgary for two reasons:

Reason 1: Signing a Widerman, like that we would avoid getting him.
Reason 2: Overpaying and destroying the market now ...

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Posted 28 June 2012 - 11:18 AM

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!


LOL I love your overreactions. $9 mil to a defenseman that's never even been nominated for a Norris? That's a bit much. Every year at this time, people (fans, GMs, coaches, media, etc) get so wrapped up in doing whatever it takes to land the big name free agent that they forget the goal isn't to win free agency, its to win the Cup. Buffalo threw a ton of money around last year and the media praised their moves. Then they missed the playoffs. Throwing that much money at one player really isn't good for the team. Sure, you get the guy you need and you "win" free agency, but what happens if he pulls a Derian Hatcher and blows out his knee in the first month?

Anyways, my point of posting in this thread was about Jay Bouwmeester being our Plan B should Suter not sign with the Wings for a reasonable amount. I remember a couple off seasons ago I made a case saying that Jay-Bo would be a nice fit for the Wings and quoted his Forecaster profile... Has incredible skating ability, a keen sense of when to join the rush, size and hockey smarts. A capable shutdown defender, he can log huge minutes. That seems like a good fit for here and at just $6.6 mil, less than the lowest amount we believe Suter can be signed for.

Plan C should be Keith Yandle. Phoenix is having money problems and is shopping him around apparently. He's a $5.25 cap hit.

So for $11.9 mil, we could have Jay-Bo and Yandle. Seems like a much better deal than Suter for $9 mil.

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Posted 28 June 2012 - 03:07 PM

Bit of an overpayment for a guy who is a defensive liability specialist.

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Posted 28 June 2012 - 10:29 PM

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