The Calgary Flames have signed defensemen Jim Vandermeer and his brother, right winger Peter Vandermeer. The Flames did not stop there; they also inked winger Curtis Glencross.
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So basically, Vandy will be in the slot of a fourth or fifth defenseman. Peter will be a Quad City roster spot depth move; do not expect him to fill a spot with the big club. Curtis will be on the team battling for the last two lines. Curtis is fast and strong, the perfect Sutter/Keenan player.
The Calgary Flames' two biggest key roster moves in the off season were the signings of Mark Giordano and the resigning of Daymond Lankow . The one I am really excited about is Mark getting inked. Mark is a great puck-moving defenseman, who will take some pressure off Dion in the offensive zone. Mark will get to be on the second line power play unit, which will give him a shot at more points. Giordano has a great shot and will be a great addition to the Flames this fall.
I would be amiss if I did not comment the signing of Langkow. Daymond took a huge pay cut to stay with the Flames. I know what you are thinking: How can you say that Daymond, who is getting his salary doubled, can be considered to have taken a pay cut? But consider this: How much could a number one center get in the market today? Scoring 30 goals and adding 35 assists gives you a six million dollar salary. Just a little insight into the character of Langkow, wanting to stay in Calgary. Does that mean he is worth 6 mil? Daymond is not probably not, but that does not mean he would not have gotten it.
So what do I think of the Flames roster moves so far? To tell you the truth, I am a little disappointed that the Flames have not picked up another top six forward. Now I know there is plenty of time yet for the Flames to get their other top 6 forward. So I guess we are to forced play the waiting game and try to figure out what Mr. Sutter is going to do. Maybe I can ask nicely and he will tell me -- yea right!
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