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May 22 2015 06:45AM
Oilers and Leafs land the coaches they want, the Canucks ongoing rebuild and Jordan Subban, Flames draft plans and cap situation, Zack Kassian, Ladi Smid, the NHL draft, free agency and more in this week's Roundup brought to you by DraftKings.
May 21 2015 01:00PM
Matt Stajan may be the most underrated player on the Calgary Flames.
The team's most veteran center, Stajan emerged as a bottom-six staple last season as well as a very effective penalty kill specialist. He was used as a shut-down pivot in the post-season - to great success against Vancouver and varying success against Anaheim, when his wingers seemed to get banged up and become less effective as a result.
After several seasons of fans and analysts alike maligning his old contract, Stajan's found a niche as a leader in the room and a a very useful player for the team's third and fourth lines.
May 21 2015 11:18AM
The Calgary Flames need more organizational depth on their blueline. Not only do you and I know that, but so does General Manager Brad Treliving who admitted as such last week in his season ending news conference. This week's signing of Czech product Jakub Nakladal has already started to address the issue in what I believe is the proper way. Wax on: low risk moves that have minimal immediate impact on the salary cap. Wax off: making a big splash in unrestricted free agency come July.
May 21 2015 11:00AM
1. You know what the problem is
So the Calgary Flames enter the summer months by first turning their attentions to getting guys already under contract or on expiring deals re-signed, and that's the sort of due diligence any smart NHL team does well in advance of July 1. The sooner deals can be made, the easier it will be for Brad Treliving to determine what he has to do once unrestricted free agency begins.
The problem is that once all that work is done, there might not be a lot of room left.
May 21 2015 09:00AM
The Calgary Flames had so much cap space heading into 2013-14 they were actively looking for ways to acquire other club's bad deals in return for assets. This coming year, even with raises to a bunch of pending RFA's and a free agent signing or two, the org will still be south of the cap ceiling.
The sense is that the Flames have a lot of budget to work with, but the truth is more complicated than that if we look two years down the road. We're reading tea leaves a bit, but it's possible for the Calgary's cap situation goes from casual to dire in the space of a couple of the seasons. That's relevant now because implications may well stretch backwards to influence their decision making this summer.