July 01 2015 09:00AM
Mason Raymond: an appropriate cautionary tale for the free agent frenzy.
Photo Creidt: Sergei Belski/USA TODAY Sports
The Calgary Flames made an earth shattering offseason addition last weekend when they traded for blue chip young defenseman Dougie Hamilton prior to the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.
Now that Hamilton has been locked up for six years with an eminently reasonable contract carrying an annual average value of $5.75 million, the Flames can turn their attention to free agency. Will Flames general manager Brad Treliving put the memory of last season's slew of misguided contracts behind him, and continue his hot streak this July 1?
Let's preview the Flames' particular needs and posture ahead of the opening of the unrestricted free agent market.
July 01 2015 08:00AM
It's been a wild week. The draft, big trades, buy-outs, terminations, threats of offer sheets. All possible scenarios have seemingly played outside since the end of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
One of the reasons GMs have been so busy is due to the relatively shallow UFA pool this year. Quality options are in short supply, so teams have been scrambling in advance of free agency in an effort to improve their teams. Further pressure is also being applied by the stagnate salary cap - many clubs are struggling to retain their own noteworthy free agents, let alone anything else. The two issues are why the threat of offer sheets has been so prevalent recently, thus leading to the Dougie Hamilton, Brandon Saad and Martin Jones deals prior to the July 1 deadline.
July 01 2015 07:00AM
In the hockey world, Canada Day is always an exciting time. The floodgates open, and millions of dollars always get spent. This inevitably leads to a lot of regret, sometimes on the day of.
Even Brad Treliving isn't immune to this: see Raymond, Mason; and especially Engelland, Deryk; otherwise known as a little over $6 million of "wow, I wish I hadn't done that." (Jonas Hiller is okay, though, if only because he has just one year left on his deal, and he's actually pretty decent at his job.)
With 18 players already signed, though, and just another five restricted free agents needing contracts, the Flames already have a full roster. They also have about $15.2 million in cap space, and those five RFAs aren't going to cost that much.
Basically, that means: even after acquiring and signing Dougie Hamilton, the Flames can still play on July 1.
June 30 2015 03:30PM
Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving and his shiny new signee Dougie Hamilton participated in a conference call with media earlier this afternoon. The duo shared their mutual excitement regarding Hamilton's six-year commitment in Calgary, and also featured Hamilton trying not to comment on the situation in Boston that led to his trade (and Brad Treliving burying media reports that Hamilton was a bad teammate). As you can see, Hamilton seemed to go out of his way to take the proverbial high road.
Selected quotes from the call after the jump!
June 30 2015 03:00PM
As an ex-Canucks fan and a newly minted Flames fan (for a literal day) I am excited for our future, and all aboard the prospect hype train, with the pool getting deeper over the weekend. While the Flames did not pick in the first round, they made some smart moves later in the draft allowing them to grab some very interesting prospects.
Let's dig a bit deeper into the analytical side of these guys.