The Flames signed Craig Conroy to a two-way contract today. He will make the league minimum $500,000 if he plays in the NHL.
He is 38 years old and in the twilight of his career. He scored all of THREE goals last season in 63 appearances.
Now, I don’t mind that the Flames stay loyal to someone, but stay loyal to him by making him a coach or a consultant or something, maybe a man-leader (that’s a man cheerleader for those confused).
The only thing he was good for last year was face-offs and I think that was the reason we traded for Matt Stajan in the first place. Plus, if you need extra help on the dot, your Captain is pretty darn good at winning the puck duels.
This just creates even less room for any young prospects vying for a spot on this roster. I personally hoped they signed him just for some veteran presence in Abbotsford, but I am probably dead wrong.
Wouldn’t anyone rather see Brett Sutter, Mitch Wahl, Greg Nemisz, Bryan Cameron, John Armstrong or Mikael Backlund get more ice time than see CC get any? I know he is a lovable guy, but at some point you have to want to see some skill on the ice.
Just please don’t come out and tell me they signed him for another solid veteran presence in the locker room. That’s the apparent reason for trading for Staios last season; a player that no one, outside of Sutter, thinks should be playing the NHL. The Flames have Iginla, Bouwmeester, Regehr, Sarich, Langkow, Jokinen and even Hagman who is 30 years old.
This was a pointless deal and I hope, for the Flames sake, that Conroy spends half the season in minors and then realizes he is better suited doing colour commentary or being the teams’ media coach (i.e. showing everyone else how to make interviews more interesting. His first student should be Jay “I am more boring than Dion Phaneuf Bouwmeester).
If Conroy does play for the Flames this year, you can just count another prospects potential stunted due to Sutter inserting useless slow veterans into an already elderly laden squad.