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Well, the Flames re-signed defenseman Denis Gauthier to a 2-year contract today with the figures estimated to be around $3 million over the two years. With Jordan Leopold expected to sign sometime in the next few weeks, the Flames will have 8 NHL-caliber blueliners:

Mike Commodore [24; 6'4", 230 Lbs; 7 pts in 75 GP, $515K]
Denis Gauthier [27; 6'2", 224 Lbs; 58 pts in 384 GP, $1.6M]
Jordan Leopold [24; 6'1", 205 Lbs; 47 pts in 140 GP, ~$1.6M]
Steve Montador [24; 6'0", 200 Lbs; 8 pts in 87 GP, $425K]
Andrew Ference [25; 5'10", 196 Lbs; 56 pts in 251 GP, $625K]
Robyn Regehr [24; 6'2", 225 Lbs; 54 pts in 363 GP, $1.75M]
Toni Lydman [26; 6'1", 204 Lbs; 93 pts in 287 GP, $2.4M]
Rhett Warrener [28; 6'2", 215 Lbs; 86 pts in 560 GP, $2.2M]

Under the current NHL CBA, all of the above 8 D-men have to clear waivers before they can be sent to the minors...and odds are that none of them will. Add in hotshot prospects Dion Phaneuf & Tim Ramholt, and the blueline is pretty crowded! So, expect a Flames blueliner to be heading elsewhere soon. Problem is, nobody knows which one it'll be...and Darryl Sutter's basically said in press coverage that each & every one of the defense corps are part of his long-term plan. The hell?

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All valid points. My thinking was more Bettman wouldn't want to admit *any* defeat. But as you say, Phoenix is a battle, not a war.
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