It's 40 C out, and we got a pool. Forgive us for not busting out one of our patented 1000+ word posts.
Is anybody curious that with Ian White headed to arbitration, and the Flames with about 650K in capspace available, that nobody has signed the guy to an offer sheet?
Forgive the stock watcher in us, but we always look for the 'why' behind the 'why'.
Is Ian White not viewed as a player worth paying by any other GM in the league, for whatever reason?
Do teams that have the need for the player simply not have the cash to sign him?
Is Darryl Sutter so respected in the good old boy community of NHL GM's that they wouldn't even try to drop an offer sheet on him, for fear of the Cowboy shit kicking them at the next GM meetings?
Listen, we don't know the league inside and out, and we don't feel like pouring over the roster of every team in the league when it is 40 plus outside to determine which teams need Dmen and which teams don't. What a quick look at capgeek shows me is there are good teams with capspace available to sign Mr. White to an offer sheet.
Teams like Montreal and San Jose could grab this guy. Doug Wilson has already tried to pry players away by signing the euro Dman from Chicago to an offer sheet. The Capitals and the Blue Jackets are also teams that could afford to bring in White. Dallas (if they have any money), L.A., Tampa Bay, St. Louis, and even Colorado could take a swing. Our favourite theory would be Edmonton throwing an offer sheet at the 'Moustached Midget' just to turn the rivalry up a few notches.
Of course, we would advise the Domebeer-aholics to take a peak at the CBA. From what we understand, if White really wants 3 - 3.5 million dollars in compensation then it is easy to see why no offer sheets have been offered. The draft picks that would accompany an offer in that price range are easily worth more than Ian White is, we suspect, on the trade market. Would you give up a first round draft pick (and at 3.5, multiple ones) for Ian White? If you would, the Flames just hired a shrink, and you should call them up and see if he will see you for an appointment.
Furthermore, I think Peter Loubardias should be fired.