So, here's what I figure:
The Flames currently have just over $3M left in cap space, assuming Backlund is on the roster, along with Sarich, Staios, and Kronwall (according to CapGeek) and somehow Kotalik is not.
They apparently want to sign White, which by some accounts could cost $3.5M or more. If Staios and Kronwall get sent to Abbotsford, that would free up $3.2M for White. That would leave us with only 6 Dmen, so perhaps Kronwall stays up or Pelech replaces him for $0.35M more. I'll assume Kronwall stays up and Pelech stays down.
If Langkow can't start the season (or play in 10-11 at all) then they require another centre. It could be Conroy, Mayers, Cameron, Sutter, Wahl, or someone else altogether. This position could cost anywhere from $0.5M to $1.5M. Cameron falls pretty close to the middle of that range, so I'll use him.
(There is some possible cap relief regarding Langkows injury, but I don't know what it is and so I'm ignoring it.)
My best guess is that one or both of Ivanans and Jackman will spend enough time in the press box that a couple of other 4th line bodies will be required under the cap. Cunning and Niemisz are certainly possibilities here, at a cost of $0.5M and $1.046M respectively.
Goaltending seems settled.
So, here's what it boils down to (in my mind anyway):
Current Salary - Staios + Cameron + Cunning + Niemisz + White @ $3.5 (and not including Kotalik @ $3M) = $59,549,999 or $149,999 over the salary cap.
Something's gotta give. Who's getting traded for picks (or sent to Abbotsford to keep Staios company)? Hagman, Stajan, Bourque, Sarich?
Current situation according to CapGeek, and not including Kotalik at $3M:
|Left Wing||Centre||Right Wing|
|Tanguay||$ 1,700,000||Jokinen||$ 3,000,000||Iginla||$ 7,000,000|
|Hagman||$ 3,000,000||Stajan||$ 3,300,000||Bourque||$ 3,333,333|
|Glencross||$ 1,200,000||Backlund||$ 1,270,833||Moss||$ 1,300,000|
|Ivanans||$ 600,000||Jackman||$ 550,000|
|Dawes||$ 141,667||Langkow||$ 4,500,000|
|$ 6,641,667||$ 12,070,833||$ 12,183,333|
|Bouwmeester||$ 6,680,000||Kiprusoff||$ 5,833,333|
|Giordano||$ 891,667||Karlsson||$ 500,000|
|Cap Space||$ 3,079,167|
Who's going away to become cap room?
Sarich (29 votes)
Hagman (3 votes)
Stajan (2 votes)
Bourque (0 votes)
Other (14 votes)
48 total votes