I don't see why this one move alone would indicate that. The off-season hasn't even started. He's a 26 year old center with a lot of promise, seems like a good fit for a team that has a lack of center depth and high-end potential in the 22-26 year range.
I think you can pretty much expect Sven to be on the team next year, and guys like Bouma, Nemisz, and Aliu will definitely be given looks to replace spare parts like Moss and Kostopoulos. I don't think the "trade everyone and tank" method was ever really an option.
Yea but he is 26 and has been playing against men for longer than a 1st overall pick, and he is good to go this year. I don't understand the commotion about the cap hit, it's not bad at all.
And it's only a one-year deal. Obviously there was a bidding war for this guy which will drive up the price.
And it's not like the Flames are going to be front runners in the Suter/Parise sweepstakes anyway. They have cap space to burn and no major players to re-sign. This is exactly the kind of thing they should be doing with that money.
As an Oiler fan, I have nothing negative to say about this signing, aside from my curiousity about his size. If the Flames were going to overpay, make it an overpay on a potential breakout player for only one year. Not bad in that respect. I do question if he is big enough though. Time will tell there. Not a bad move Feaster.
There is no reason why the Flames can't sign Olli as well - a little confused as to why people are making this out to be Olli's end of days in Calgary.
I guess they could, but I hope they don't. Jokinen will be commanding a big pay-day (maybe taking a bit of a discount to stay here for family reaosons), and between Iginla, Cammalleri, Tanguay, Glencross, Baertschi, and now Cervenka, will there be room for Jokinen in the top 6? Even Stajan looked decent once he was moved up from the 4th line.
Besides, isn't the HF collective continually slamming the Flames for being too old and stuck in their ways? Feaster promised change and more commitment to youth and this might be step 1 of the process.
List of guys whose Cap hit is around his potential 3.775 mil cap hit.
All except Stoll and Kunitz had a higher Cap hit than Cervenka will next season.
And everyone excpet Booth and Kunitz would be labeled as way overpaid on these boards. It really isn't a bad cap hit at all for a 2nd line center. There's no sense it calling it good or bad until he plays the contract out, but a shade under $4 million for a 2nd line center? That's good value.