June 30 2015 01:00PM
It's an indication of the strength of this particular UFA crop that Justin Williams comes in number 1 on our list. That's not to take anything away from the 33 year old, who has been a high-end winger for years. But his age and the fact that he's only scored in the 40-point range the last two seasons goes to show there isn't a lot of franchise changing players available to sign this summer.
Despite those concerns, Williams remains a very useful player, in part because his value doesn't merely come from his offense. As one of the few wingers who has proven he can push possession over the years, Williams is a guy who can play up and down the line-up and provide quality minutes to whoever inks him.
June 30 2015 12:08PM
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The Calgary Flames have signed 22-year-old bluechip defenseman Dougie Hamilton to a six-year contract worth a reported $34.5 million. The contract will carry an annual average value of $5.75 million.
It's a steal of a contract for a young, 6-foot-5, two-way defender who has produced first-pairing results throughout the first three seasons of his NHL career, and is only scratching at the surface of what he might accomplish in the NHL.
June 30 2015 11:05AM
Just three days after he's joined the organization, even more intrigue has formed around Oliver Kylington after the Canadian Hockey League's Import Draft. The Calgary Flames 60th overall selection in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft has, coincidentally, been chosen by the Brandon Wheat Kings with the 60th overall selection in the 2015 CHL Import Draft.
Some context after the jump!
June 30 2015 11:00AM
The draft is done and the Flames added no less than three excellent young blue liners to their organizational depth, a group obviously headlined by erstwhile Bruin Dougie Hamilton. The former 9th overall pick instantly firms up what was previously the clubs biggest weakness (blueline depth after Brodie and Giordano).
Brad Treliving has the opportunity to further add to the Flames depth with free agency season right around the corner. We'll talk about this stuff as well as Calgary's other draft additions in the mailbag today.
June 29 2015 03:12PM
The last big contractual deadline of the 2014-15 season has hit in the form of qualifying offers for pending restricted free agents. The Calgary Flames announced their qualifying offers this afternoon via a press release, with a dozen players being qualified and three becoming free agents by not receiving an offer.
The team has sent offers to forwards Josh Jooris, Drew Shore, Lance Bouma, Micheal Ferland, Paul Byron, Bryce van Brabant, Bill Arnold, David Wolf, Kenny Agostino, Max Reinhart and Turner Elson, as well as defenseman Dougie Hamilton. Not qualified were forward Ben Hanowski and defenders John Ramage and Sena Acolatse.