Retaining Bourque — a pricey proposition?
OK, it’s only October.
OK, it’s only 10 games — and 14 points — in.
But what do you figure the going rate for Rene Bourque will be in a year’s time?Currently, he’s drawing a (final-season) salary of $1.4 million US — fabulous loot for the likes of you and me. But point-per-game rabble-rousing wingers pull down considerably more.
Maybe the most difficult part is finding a comparable for Bourque — a fiesty forward with edge/skill, heading into his prime.
Dan Cleary ($2.8 million)?
Dustin Byfuglien ($3 million)?
Dustin Brown ($3.175 million)?
Ryane Clowe ($3.625 million)?
Tuomu Ruutu ($3.8 million)?
Nathan Horton ($4 million)?
Brenden Morrow ($4.1 million)?
Scott Hartnell ($4.2 million)?
Ryan Malone ($4.5 million)?
But Flames boss Darryl Sutter, who will find out soon enough, must love what he’s seeing from the 27-year-old Bourque — an off-season acquisition from the Blackhawks in 2008 . . . for a second-round pick.