The draft week is starting off with good news already, the cap is being raised by close to five million for next season and with that the floor is also being raised as well. This has a two fold benefit for our Flames, first it gives the team breathing room to make some important signings or at least be able to pursue one major free agent July first. The second benefit would be the trade possibilities that a raised floor would have. Teams like Florida are looking for contracts that have a higher hit than salary and many a team will be lining up to dump contracts they do not want anymore.
One contract that until this morning was a total non-starter was Matt Stajan, his 4.5 million salary next year actually exceeds his cap hit of 3.5 million however the following two seasons would see a total 1 million savings on the remainder of his contract. After this year his 2.5 million would be more in line with what he should actually be making (or less). Another of couple targets could be Regehr and Bouwmeester although their salary is only slightly less than their actual cap hit.
This next week could be very telling for the Flames new general manager, this week could define him. After giving trading a pick for Modin, giving Glencross a no movement clause, being unable to sign Erixon and the rumblings that even Tanguay will be testing UFA waters Feaster has a lot of ground to make up. Trading up not down, getting rid of salary and drafting well are all huge for him this week. In the draft , should the flames remain 13th, it looks like the focus is more and more becoming McNiell, Armia, or Bartschi. Feaster has said that they will be “busy” this week. Let’s see if his word holds true.