Free Agent Additions Paid Off In 2013 For Calgary Flames
The Calgary Flames had the season that most expected they would in 2013. With Jay Feaster still at the helm, it’s no surprise that this was a team that had to fight for their lives to stay out of the bottom of the Western Conference standings. Nonetheless, there were some successes.
There were some cheers throughout the fanbase, but there were also a whole lot of jeers when Feaster and the Flames added two of the better free agents off the market last summer. They signed both Dennis Wideman and Jiri Hudler to contracts, despite a bleak outlook as far as the playoffs were concerned for this year.
Hudler was signed to a four-year contract that brought a cap hit of $4 million, while Wideman came on a five-year contract that came with a cap hit of $5.25 million. Neither one is entirely favorable for a team trying to contend and what each brings to the table skill set-wise. Nonetheless, both deals worked out for the Flames this year.
Hudler finished tied for the second most points on the club in 2013, with 27 on the year. His 10 goals finished fourth on the team, while he finished third in assists as well. Eight of his points came on the power play, and his five goals were tied for the team lead with the man advantage.
Wideman was a pleasant surprise for the Flames this season. He appeared in 46 games for Calgary after signing that lucrative contract, finishing with 22 points and 100 blocked shots. His Corsi was actually better than most on the team, finishing about minus-3, which was one of the better ratings on the team.
Neither one exactly blew anyone away with their play, but it was still a pretty impressive season for the two big free agency signings for the Calgary Flames. Now if only they could get a decent supporting cast around them.