New NHL World
Officially Arrives in CalgarySutter Adds two splashy vets to club
It's not a hoax.
August 2nd, 2005
really is a new economic order in the National Hockey League, at least that's
what many Calgarians will think when they wake up to see actual additions in
Calgary's dailies tomorrow morning.
additions. Not subtractions. Not heart wrenching trades that feature fan
favourites leaving for greener (as in money) pastures leaving hopefuls and
possibilities in their wake.
rumours are to be believed, tomorrow at 2:30 MST Darryl Sutter will take to the
podium at the Pengrowth Saddledome and announce the additions of two rather
unexpected, yet well received veteran forwards to the Western Conference
Champions; Tony Amonte and Darren McCarty.
that hockey fans in the Red Mile city will receive a non too subtle pinch to
prove they are not in fact dreaming that there just may be a more level playing
field when the puck drops on the upcoming NHL season in October.
I said ... additions. Who'd a thunk?
Sutter, much like the 2004 trade deadline played down fan expectations by
preaching budget and suggesting the Flames wouldn't be out spending in the new
world order. Many didn't believe him then, and got their proof today with the
didn't come without some disappointment however as Martin Gelinas flew the coop
to join former Flames Joe Niewendyk and Gary Roberts in Florida, leaving behind
him a great set of series winning goals and a special place in Flames playoff
In Amonte the
Flames add a speedy 35 year old former scoring star that just might find added
ice time and responsibility to his liking moving back to the 30 goal mark. A
player that can play the left side, look for Amonte to line up on the left side
of an improved Calgary top line that will feature Daymond Langkow and Jarome
fresh off a stinging defeat by his now new teammates in last year's playoffs,
must have seen something he liked in his three flights in and out of Calgary
last spring and will likely patrol the right side of a physical third line and
add character and leadership to the Calgary room.
huge boost in depth.
Amonte and McCarty both signed two year deals for 1.8 and .8 per year
wingers will add to the clubs top three lines joining the likes of Iginla,
Langkow, Steve Reinprecht, Chris Simon, Stephane Yelle, Jason Wiemer, Marcus
Nilson, and Shean Donovan.
that doesn't include youngsters Chuck Kobasew and Matthew Lombardi.
I say a few tough decisions will need to be made?