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02-19-2013, 12:20 PM
dave babych returns
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The problem with the Flames is that they will be in a tough position to either get a good enough return to make dealing their most important players worthwhile (due to NTCs and in some cases mediocre value for the cap hit), and possibly an even tougher position to replace those players in the free agent market over the next couple of offseasons.

If they decide to trade Jarome Iginla and Jay Bouwmeester and Miika Kiprusoff because they can net the best return that would give them over $25m in cap space but they'd still need to go out and get two NHL-calibre goalies, two top four defensemen and three top six forwards.

Even if every player they offered a contract accepted it (how'd that work out with Brad Richards) they still likely wouldn't have enough space to fill all the holes in that roster.

The fact is they are going to have to wait out the bad contracts with movement clauses before they can hope to make major improvements.. trouble is, they keep adding another one or two every offseason.

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