Why Trading Iginla Was The Right Thing At The Right Time

Ryan Pike
July 06 2015 01:30PM

Martin St. Louis retired this week.

I began writing something about him over the weekend, which led my thoughts to drift towards his exit from the Calgary Flames. In so many ways, St. Louis' departure from Calgary came at the perfect time for him. He found an opportunity in Tampa Bay and was motivated to prove that the Flames made a dumb move in cutting him loose. The Flames obviously cut bait with St. Louis too early.

Thinking about him made me think about Jarome Iginla and his departure from the Flames. Some may think that the Flames held on too long with Iginla, but in retrospect, it may have been the absolute perfect time for it to happen. In so many ways, hockey is about taking advantage of chemistry and circumstances.

There are three specific things that come to mind when I think of Iginla's departure and the positive impact it created that probably contributed to the momentum the Flames presently enjoy.

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FN Mailbag - June 5, 2015 (Part 1)

Kent Wilson
July 06 2015 11:00AM


It's been quite a year in Calgary. 

The Flames shocked the hockey world by making the playoffs on the backs of a cadre of young players, then they upped the ante by winning a round. Then the org's GM consummates possibly the biggest impact trade since Sutter swapped a 2nd for Kiprusoff and caps it all off by snagging the biggest forward UFA target on the team's list. 

Which is to say, we have a lot to talk about. In fact there's so much that I have split the mailbag into two posts. In Part 1, we talk about the Flames various roster logjams and what we can expect out of Michael Frolik.

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Update: Bouma, Jooris, Byron File For Salary Arbitration

Ryan Pike
July 05 2015 02:40PM

It's been a quiet few days for the Calgary Flames, but there could be some minor news brewing later today.

The deadline for players to file for salary arbitration is today at 3pm MT. Per the CBA and their levels of experience, five Flames restricted free agents are eligible to file: Josh Jooris, Drew Shore, David Wolf, Lance Bouma and Paul Byron.

UPDATE: per NHLPA, Bouma, Byron and Jooris have filed for arbitration.

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2015 Development Camp Preview

Ryan Pike
July 05 2015 11:33AM

Hockey fans, your first chance to set eyes on the Calgary Flames prospects in 2015 is almost upon you!

The 2015 edition of Flames development camp kicks off Monday with fitness testing and Tuesday on the ice. Here's a rundown of what's happening when, who is here, and who isn't.

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Should the Flames Try to Sign Cody Franson?

Kent Wilson
July 04 2015 04:57PM

The frenzy is over and there is still one big name UFA standing: Cody Franson. 

In my lead up to July 1, I named Franson as one of the Flames top targets in addition to Michael Frolik and Justin Williams. And even though Calgary's roster is crowded and their cap situation complicated, I still consider Franson a player on interest for the Flames.

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