One has to wonder, with a defensive corps half signed to long term contracts and a glut of great young defensive prospects, where and when will the Flames fit them in?
Sarich signed until June of 2012
Phaneuf and Bouwmeester signed June of 2014
Regehr signed until June of 2013
That leaves two spots.
Giordano and Pardy, who most would say are two young and good (and cheap) defensemen, round out the top six. They are signed for two more years respectively.
Now you look at the Defense Calgary has that are NHL ready, even if that would be in the sixth man capacity:
Now look at the glut of Defense that are probably not ready this season but next season:
Then you have the two seasons away guys:
That is 8 guys who will be ready within three years while the Flames have spots for 7 defensemen on the roster and only two spots that will be available for the 2011-2012 season.
I think it's obvious that something has to give, every organization loves depth but having this kind of depth on D and a very shallow pool on the scoring front... well last time I checked two plus two still equaled four and you would expect a move at some point in the next season to address scoring talent. The talent up front for the Flames organization literally consists of three major prospects, Backlund, Nemisz and Wahl. The rest of the prospects are just checkers with a varying amount of scoring ability. If I can see it then Sutter sure can!
The other possibility is moving a major cog on the D, Sarich proved in the playoffs for two years that he can shine when he is called upon, say what you want about Phanuef but at 50 points he was having a bad year... in addition during the playoffs he showed that he can play D as well. Bouwmeester and Regehr are absolute rocks, you don't move defense like that.
From my standpoint it will be very interesting to see what Calgary does to get scoring depth over the next two season...unless anyone wants checking forwards?? Sutter will unload them!