July 02 2015 11:00AM
1. The Hamilton trade and contract
The most reasonable reaction to the Dougie-Hamilton-for-three-draft-picks trade was, "I don't believe that."
That was a criminally small price to pay for a guy who everyone — including the team that just jettisoned him — agrees is a young "build your team around this guy" defenseman. That he is now the third such player on the Flames is insane. Calgary went from a top-heavy D corps with a lot of garbage at the bottom to maybe the best in the league, depending upon whether they can re-up David Schlemko (or sign a comparable) to be the No. 5/6 instead of Kris Russell and Deryk Engelland.
Don Sweeney was, we know now, painted into a bit of a corner, but for there to be almost no bidding war was immensely to Brad Treliving's benefit. In much the same way as the predecessor to his predecessor grossly mishandled the Joe Thornton trade, and his predecessor grossly mishandled the Tyler Seguin trade, Sweeney grossly mishandled the Hamilton trade. The good news for Boston is that he didn't go to an Eastern Conference team, but that's about where it ends.
July 01 2015 04:22PM
After a busy July 1 that saw his club sign Michael Frolik, Karri Ramo and Derek Grant, and acquire a conditional pick for Max Reinhart, Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving addressed the assembled media at the Scotiabank Saddledome earlier this afternoon.
In case you missed it, here's what he had to say.
July 01 2015 02:27PM
The Calgary Flames have made another organizational depth tweak, trading forward Max Reinhart to the Nashville Predators.
The return for the 23-year-old restricted free agent is a conditional fourth round choice in the 2016 NHL Draft. It's unclear what the conditions are on the pick at time of this writing.
July 01 2015 02:15PM
The Calgary Flames made a smaller move amidst all the hubbub of the big July 1 deals. The club announced that it's signed 25-year-old Derek Grant to a one-year contract.
Based on the reported structure of the deal, it appears to be primarily a move for the Stockton Heat.
Grant's deal with Flames $700,000/$250,000 with a $325,000 guarantee.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) July 1, 2015
July 01 2015 11:00AM
Photo Credit: Candice Ward/USA TODAY Sports
It's been a week full of smart, calculated moves by sophomore Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving. Sounds like we're about to get another one.
UPDATE: Sportsnet's Elliott Friedman reports on the cap hit:
Hearing Frolik to CAL will come in around five years at a $4.3M AAV.— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) July 1, 2015
TSN's Bob McKenzie very recently tweeted that the Flames are closing in on winger Michael Frolik.
CGY on verge of getting Michael Frolik signed on a long term deal.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) July 1, 2015
Chris Johnston of Sportsnet reported a similar thing, for what it's worth.
Hearing the #flames are closing in on a deal with Michael Frolik.— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) July 1, 2015
TVA's Renaud Lavoie is saying the deal is done.
Michael Frolik is now a Calgary Flame. #tvasports— Renaud Lavoie (@renlavoietva) July 1, 2015