The fact they have made it clear that they are trying to win has short and long term value for the franchise.coco_canuck wrote: A) at what cost should the Flames be trying to make the playoffs at the moment?
The last thing in the world you want is for your team to become complacent and ok with losing. Once a group of players fall into that pattern it becomes incredibly difficult to break the cycle. It also seems that young players tend to develop poorly in that type of environment. The top end guys seem to be OK, but the mid range guys rarely seem to go on to be productive players. Just look at the grave yards that teams like the Jackets, Oilers, Kings, and Islanders seemed to become.
That is going to become a huge issue for the Oilers, they are developing their top players but their mid level guys have totally stagnated. Further to that even when they finally have all the pieces they need the will still have a group of players that has no clue what it takes to win consistently at the NHL level. I suspect they will have major issues in terms of their conditioning, consistency and off ice professionalism.
The other part of the equation will be the perception of the free agent pool. Being a playoff team gives the club a big advantage when it comes to attracting and retaining free agents.
The flames projecting an image of a team who wants to win gives them a big advantage over a crap team that claims to be rebuilding.
Yes Cammy is worth it.B) Is Cammalleri worth the extra cap-hit and giving up the 2nd round pick if we consider Ramo and Holland a prospect wash?
He's 29 and a guy who will get 25 to 35 goals when healthy. He's also an excellent playoff performer.
He should have another 2 -3 seasons at least before he starts to decline. Like most middling teams I don't think their cap will be much of an issue moving forward.
Not sure how you can say that.The Flames will have some cap space coming up, but depending on the cap next-season, the Flames may not have as much space as some fans think, especially after re-signing Comeau and Backlund now that they've added almost $3M on their cap with the Cammalleri move.
The players will take the kicker again so the Flames should have around 20 mill to sign 3 or 4 good players and 3 to 4 plugs. Give 5 mill to their RFA's, 2 mill to the Plugs, and they have around 13 mill to spread between 3 quality players.
Outside of landing a "big fish" type free agent I doubt they will be a full cap team next year.