He deserves better: Mike Vernon is getting the shaft in Calgary. The Calgary Flames sent veteran goalie Mike Vernon down to the AHL on Saturday and recalled another veteran, Kay Whitmore, who happens to suck like a black hole, to take his place. Vernon is in the final year of a contract that pays him $2.75 million and can become an unrestricted free agent after this season. The Flames placed him on waivers for the second time in just over a month, but he cleared at noon on Saturday enabling them to send Vernon down to Saint John. If a team claimed Vernon, it would have been responsible for 25 percent of his salary. "It's obvious they're trying to dump my salary," Vernon told the Calgary Sun on Friday.