If your favorite team could sign a deal with a forward who averages over .5 points per game for his career to a deal with a cap hit under a million, then you would think your GM would be crazy not to take that deal. Well Brad Treliving passed at least one test of his mental capacity Saturday signing Devin Setoguchi to a one year deal for $750,000, although agreeing to work for Brian Burke maybe a strike against it.
Last year Setoguchi had his worst year since his rookie year. Playing for the Winnipeg Jets is a definite step down after starting his career with four years in San Jose followed by two years in Minnesota. Flames fans can expect similar production to Setoguchi’s time in Winnipeg as the two teams are starting to show a lot of similarities. Setoguchi’s 11-16-27 stat line from last year would have put him at 8th on the team in goals and 10th in points. What the Flames lacked in talent last year they tried to make up for in “truculence”, and it kind of worked. This signing does not make the Flames playoff contenders.
Setoguchi’s signing is another signal that the Flames are not trying to rebuild through tanking but by building up their talent slowly and establishing a culture of hard work.