Originally Posted by Thrillhouse
I bet if you asked any GM if they could have Iginla, Kipper, Regehr and Phaneuf locked up for the next 5 years for a total of $23.3 million per year, they'd take that and run.
Sure - but 3 of those guys are already in their 30s. Whats going to happen 3 years from now when some of them start slowing down a little?
All I'm saying is, I see the same kind of trend here as in Tampa Bay - a lot of money locked up in a small group of players; but here, this core is a little older. Bottom line is, with the amount of money locked up in these 4 or 5 guys, I'm not sure the Flamers will have enough cap room or be able to afford to spend money on a decent supporting cast for the next few years, and they already have plenty of concerns on the bottom two lines and on their old, slow and expensive defense.
Whatever the deal is, if the Flames are going to win a cup with this group, it has to be this year - because with all that money locked up long term with this core, you might as well kiss Husselius and Langkow good-bye come July 1, and with that, plenty of the Calgary's offensive depth. And with a lack of cap space and no big time prospects in the system, Calgary could be facing some severe challenges in the very near future.
Edit: Look at the big picture - by my calculations, the Flames have 13 players locked up for about 46 million for 2008-09 - they have to fill out their remaining 8 or 9 spots with 5-6 million dollars, depending on how much room they want to leave under the cap. Thats not a lot of money left to fillout a good NHL roster. And a few of those contracts (Aucoin 4 million, Sarich 3.9 million, Tanguay 5.4 million) are pretty ugly. Thats why I think the Flames may be in a spot of trouble the next couple seasons....