Saturday, October 14, 2017

Calgary Flames 10 Best/Worst Contracts of Salary Cap Era

What are the Calgary Flames 10 best and 10 worst non entry level contracts they have signed since the NHL had a salary cap? The worst contracts are simply ordered by the total amount of money, not the degree to which they are an overpayment. The organization hasn't whiffed on many big ticket contracts, but have some hard fails on some cheaper investments. 

BEST

1- Mikka Kiprusoff, Aug 13 2005, 3 years $10M: Signed by Darryl Sutter. He won a Vezina in year one. It’s hard to put a price tag on a Vezina calibre season, but this price was a bargain.

2- Mark Giordano, July 1 2008, 3 years $2.7M: Signed by Darryl Sutter. In year two of this contract Giordano stepped up to the next level playing over 20 minutes per game and scoring 30 PTS for under $1M AAV.

3- Mark Giordano, Oct 29 2010, 5 years $20M: Signed by Darryl Sutter. This is one of the cheaper contracts you’ll see for a 27 year old defenseman coming off a 40 point season. Luckily for Calgary they signed the extension in October before he burst through the 40 point threshold. He scored 21 goals and 56 PTS in the final year.

4- Daymond Langkow, Aug 4 2005, 3 years $7.3M: Signed by Darryl Sutter. He scored 200 PTS on this contract. That $2.5M AAV is more like $4.5M in 2018 numbers accounting for cap inflation, but still a great price.

5- Dougie Hamilton, Jun 30 2015, 6 years $34.5M: Signed by Brad Treliving. By year two he had 50 PTS and 222 shots, which any GM would love to have for under $6M AAV. Those trade rumours that Brian Burke had to refute last year were a bit ridiculous. You don’t trade assets like this….oh wait Boston did…

6- TJ Brodie, July 31 2013, 2 years $4.2M: Signed by Jay Feaster. 72 PTS from the blueline at that price is a steal. Brodie had not put up great numbers before signing this deal, so Calgary was rewarded for taking a leap of faith.

7- Matt Lombardi, Jun 1 2007, 3 years $5.4M: Signed by Darryl Sutter. If you went to any GM and said “you can have 135 PTS for $5.4M”, I’m sure every one of them would take it. He would spend the final season of this contract in Phoenix after being traded for Olli Jokinen.

8- Mikael Backlund, Jun 20 2016, 3 years $10.7M: Signed by Brad Treliving. He has averaged 20 goals, 50 PTS and 17 minutes of ice time per game under this contract. He still has a season left at a cheap price in the prime of his career.

9- Rene Bourque, July 3 2008, 2 years $2.7M: Signed by Darryl Sutter. It’s hard to find 98 PTS for $2.7M (although accounting for cap inflation that’s closer to $5M, but still a good deal). He also registered 364 shots and 173 hits.

10- Curtis Glencross, July 2 2008, 3 years $3.6M: Signed by Darryl Sutter. He scored 116 PTS with 418 shots, 306 hits, 52 goals, and was +31 under this contract. That’s great for $1.2M AAV (or $1.5 adjusting for cap inflation).

WORST

1- Jay Bouwmeester, Jun 30 2009, 5 years $33M: Signed by Darryl Sutter. Prior to signing this contract he was averaging 40 PTS per year, then immediately saw a 10+ drop in point production in year one. He averaged 25 minutes a night, but Calgary also never made the playoffs with J-Bo. With cap inflation the AAV adjusts to $8.6M. He’s a decent player that many teams would like to have had, but that’s a high price tag for what he provided.

2- Matt Stajan, Jan 20 2014, 4 years $12.5M: Signed by Brian Burke. Stajan averaged 55 PTS per season on his previous contract and dropped to 26 PTS avg on this one.  They got half as much production for twice the price.

3- Mason Raymond, July 1 2014, 3 years $9.4M: Signed by Brad Treliving. He scored 45 PTS the season before signing this contract, then only scored 28 PTS in 86 GP before being bought out. Now he’s playing in the Swiss league.

4- Deryk Engelland, July 1 2014, 3 years $8.7M: Signed by Brad Treliving. That’s a lot of money to pay for a defenseman coming off a season with 12 PTS in 56 GP. At the time it was suspected that Calgary overpaid him to acquire a right shot defenseman. He’s also a good character guy, so maybe that’s worth a few extra dollars.

5- Lance Bouma, July 23 2015, 3 years $6.6M: Signed by Brad Treliving. He scored 34 PTS in 78 GP to earn this contract, and has rewarded Calgary with 14 PTS in 105 GP since signing it. The team overpaid for a career year that is unlikely ever to be replicated despite the fact that he’s still young.

6- Anton Babchuck, July 4 2011, 2 years $5M: Signed by Jay Feaster. He scored 27 goals and 70 PTS in the two seasons prior to signing this contract, then went on to score 11 PTS in 39 GP for $5M. That’s an F.

7- Wayne Primeau, Jun 28 2007, 3 years $4.2M: Signed by Darryl Sutter. He scored 44 PTS in the two seasons prior to signing this contract, then scored 22 PTS in 126 GP for $4.2M. That’s an F.

8- Anders Eriksson, July 6 2007, 2 years $3M: Signed by Darryl Sutter. This was a great addition for the Quad City Flames. The last season on this contract he scored an impressive 49 PTS for $1.5M, unfortunately for Calgary those PTS were scored in the AHL. Millionaire AHLers are always an F.

9- Andrei Zyuzin, July 1 2006, 2 years $2.8M: Signed by Darryl Sutter. They overpaid for a 27 year old defenseman coming off an 18 point season, and they got 11 PTS in 81 GP over 2 years.

10- Marcus Nilson, Jun 1 2007, 2 years $2M: Signed by Darryl Sutter. In the last year of this contract he scored just 5 PTS in 47 GP and hasn’t played in the NHL since.

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