Why does this indicate that? The Flames have obviously scouted this guy pretty heavily since he plays on the same team as Ramo, and they liked what they saw. The deal is only for one year, and is structured in the same way as any other 'star' ELC. I don't see why this move precludes any kind of building from within, unless you were expecting a 'trade everyone and tank for MacKinnon' type of rebuild, which I would argue was never an option to begin with.
Yes, that's exactly the type of rebuild that I was talking about, the same type of rebuild that Feaster has said many times that he doesn't want anything to do with.
its a low risk deal in a year where its gonna be tough and expensive for teams to improve themselves this off season. gonna have to be creative, and this is that. thumbs up, and i barely have heard of the guy.
If a player who has never played in the NHL has a 3.775 cap hit, what is an established star like Parise going to receive?
The cap hit is that of a max ELC. He wasn't the subject of a "bidding war"--he received what he would have been paid by any team coming into the NHL on a one-year deal.
Parise is UFA, and can sign for whatever teams are willing to pay him. One situation has nothing to do with the other, except insofar as Cervenka's absence from the market decreases the supply of available top-6 forwards.
And let the continued debate of "Calgary should blow it up" go on...
I'm happy Feaster managed to pull Cervenka in. A little excitement at seeing how this unknown piece plays in the top 6. Nobody should be complaining about this move since most teams would have loved to land a opportunity to see what this guy can do.
The good thing is that it's only for one year. The bad is that it's a lot of money for someone who may not mesh with anyone or fit in to the North American style of hockey. I bet Feaster was able to guarantee top six minutes for Cervenka, seeing how the Flames have a lot of holes in their lineup.
They absolutely are. However, this signing has made it clear that the Calgary management will not go through the traditional rebuild and try instead to do it through the free agency market (which I still argue is a mistake and only prolonging the inevitable).
How does signing a single FA say the Flames are only trying to rebuild through free agency?
All it says is the the Flames are exploring more options to improve their team than in the past. The Flames have been drafting better (Baertschi, Reinhart, Ferland, Arnold, Gaudreau etc) incorporating young players into the lineup (Brodie, Irving, Horak, Bouwma, Nemisz, Byron, Aliu, Smith etc) and have been acquiring young college/Europeon players (Ramo, Cervenka, Eddy) . I like the direction the team is going. Every single one of those players has a decent chance at seeing playing time in the NHL next season. Although Feaster would never use the term "rebuild", that is exactly what the Flames have been doing over the last season.
HF really needs to open its mind to the other ways rebuilds can be successfully carried out.