May 28 2015 09:00AM
The Calgary Flames acquired Karri Ramo a few years back, almost as an after-thought. He was included in the trade that sent Rene Bourque, prospect Patrick Holland and a second round pick (used for goalie Zachary Fucale) to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for Mike Cammalleri, Ramo's rights and a late-round pick (used for Ryan Culkin). Ramo was playing with Avangard Omsk of the KHL at the time, and the hope was that maybe he'd come over and maybe he'd be decent.
Well, the good news is that he's been decent. The bad news is he's been streaky.
May 27 2015 01:00PM
On Nov. 8, 2013, the Calgary Flames repeated an unfortunate piece of history: they made a trade with the Edmonton Oilers.
The previous time it happened, they got Steve Staios. The Flames did miss the playoffs, but at least Staios scored the game-tying goal with just under two minutes to go against the Oilers to keep their playoff dream at the time alive. That was worth it.
The second go around, the Flames got Ladislav Smid - who had just been given a four-year extension - in exchange for Roman Horak and Laurent Brossoit.
That trade hasn't exactly worked out.
May 27 2015 11:00AM
When the Calgary Flames announced the signing of Deryk Engelland during free agency season, most people went through this basic thought process:
- "$2.9 million over three years isn't bad for a big, physical right-handed defenseman with playoff experience. What's that per season?..." [Editor's Note: that'd be $967,000 per year.]
- "Wait. Wait. It's not $2.9 million over three years?..."
- "Oh God, please no..."
Immediately, it became evident to those who follow the team that it was expensive for a third pairing guy. And considering that Dennis Wideman ($5.25 million) had underperformed and Ladislav Smid ($3.5 million) was what he was, it seemed a bit steep - particularly considering either one of those three would sit regularly or someone would play well over their head in the second pairing.
Here we are, a season later, and I think Engelland turned out about as well as everybody thought he would.
May 26 2015 03:00PM
As many of you may know, at the completion of this past regular season, I put together a tribute montage - 2004 style - to commemorate the incredible Flames season that was. It was extremely successful, and I was overwhelmed by all the positive comments and the shear amount of people that enjoyed it.
May 26 2015 01:00PM
In all my haste to get Calgary's, um, worst players out of the way, I somehow skipped over one of their major success stories - the NHL's 7th-leading scorer, Jiri Hudler.
Hudler joined the Flames as a free agent, signing a long-term deal just before the 2012-13 lockout began. His 2012-13 season was thus, truncated, and unfortunately punctuated with the death of his father. Long story short, much like his coach (Bob Hartley), Hudler probably would've liked a mulligan on the entire 2012-13 campaign.
He seemed to get his legs under him last season, and he was really, really good in spurts this season.