February 27, 2012
Jackman dangled but sticks with Flames
By STEVE MACFARLANE, QMI Agency
CALGARY - Phone calls were coming in from other teams, wanting to find out what it would cost for tough guy Tim Jackman’s services.
In the end, the Calgary Flames decided they valued him more in their jersey than whatever they may get back in a trade for the pending unrestricted free agent.
So they signed him up for another two years.
“It’s a big relief,” said Jackman, who signed a two-year deal Monday worth US$612,500 per season. “It’s good to know they want me around and I get to stay in Calgary for two more years. I love playing here. It’s a great honour. I’m excited.
“I’ve bounced around for a few different teams along the way. To finally find kind of a home, it feels really good.”
Both GM Jay Feaster and Jackman acknowledged it wasn’t a guarantee on trade deadline day.
“As we were having conversations, there were teams asking where we were with Tim Jackman. We had to evaluate what his value was right now compared with what we get back,” Feaster said in his end-of-day availability.
“We said there were enough teams asking that we asked them to put in formal offers. We tried to establish a market value. We tried to find out if we could re-sign Tim. We worked that until close to the deadline. We were going down simultaneous paths.”
The path they chose was to extend his stay, which made the 30-year-old’s day.
“It was a little stressful,” admitted the 6-foot-2, 225-pounder. “I had a few phone calls talking to my agent. I talked to Jay trying to figure out how everything was gonna work out.”
Feaster finally had him sign on the dotted line rather than deal him.
“We didn’t feel anyone offered anything of greater value, either now or in the future, compared to his value to us down the stretch,” Feaster said.
“Getting him signed, we’re happy about that. It’s a good deal for both of us. He’s an important player in that room. He’s a guy who steps up for his team.
“He hasn’t had the same production this year as he did last year. He can chip in with the odd goal and we’re happy to have him back.”
Happy himself to be back, Jackman was still a little flattered there was interest elsewhere.
“It is a boost of confidence for me,” he said. “For one, for (the Flames) to say they want me and to keep me around for two years. And then the other, that teams are interested in me.
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