So Dawes, a winger who makes $850,000.00 a year will be bought out if he is not claimed by another team. His cap hit will be $141,667.00 if he is bought out, for two seasons.
This is odd because really he was producing for what his salary was, if not exceeding it.
Ales Kotalik will not be bought out, all signs point to Management saying in not so many words, "You can play in the AHL and ride buses with kids or you can opt out and we'll loan you to the KHL...Up to you."
So here we are and it looks like the Flames are clearing space, right now around just shy of 4 million if they bury Kotalik and waive Dawes, so why?
The back up has been signed for $500,000.00.
That leaves the Flames with around $9 Million in Cap room. They need at least four wingers and a center, although it appears Sutter will have that opportunity to be the 4th line guy. Now if you were to project Sutter at Around $650,000.00 at center and think White will receive around 3 million, you are left with 5.5 million approx. in cap space to sign a few wingers.
This is not enough, Cap room has to take into account injury time and call ups etc.
The Flames, by the numbers at least, will have to make at least one trade that moves salary, preferably for a center or winger to facilitate signing a couple wingers.
Ken King's forum with the Season Ticket Holders was interesting- The Flames will be making major moves shortly, within the next couple days, and it was intimated at one point that he wouldn't be opposed to Tanguay coming back.
It's speculated amongst agents Tanguay would receive 1.9-2.3 million per season.
Higgins is saying basically thanks but no thanks, I know his agent said he would keep a line open but I'll take odds he ends up somewhere else, no interest in the West from that guy. Too bad...he can score empty net goals like no one else.
Flames will have a new building downtown in 3-4 years.... I think they should call it SO Center, everyone would think it stood for shut out center but we'd know better...