June 24 2016 06:15PM
Brad Treliving stated that he would not leave the first round without a goalie. He fulfilled that promise. Mere minutes after drafting Matthew Tkachuk, the Flames have solved their biggest offseason need by acquiring St. Louis Blues goaltender Brian Elliott. In return, the Flames give up the 35th overall pick and a conditional 2018 third round pick.
June 17 2016 11:44AM
After a long period without a man at the helm, the Flames have officially named Glen Gulutzan as the 16th head coach in franchise history.
Despite his status as a relatively small name in NHL coaching circles, you couldn't help but be excited by Gulutzan. At this morning's press conference, Brad Treliving introduced him in a glowing fashion, and Gulutzan's words helped reinforce that.
June 13 2016 10:00AM
Walking into the 2015 draft, the Flames had nine picks, including a first rounder, three seconds, and two thirds. They walked out with an NHL defenceman and five prospects, only two of whom were drafted with double digit picks.
Draft Weekend 2015 was really Brad Treliving's weekend. The business savvy (must be genetic) GM stole Connor McDavid's show, making the big splash minutes before the draft by acquiring Dougie Hamilton (screwing over Edmonton in the process). He then went on to have a hell of a draft, scooping up the OHL's top scoring defenceman, a defender who already has a season of pro hockey under his belt (+1 NHL game), and the OHL's sixth most productive scorer.
In less than two weeks, Draft Weekend 2016 will be upon us. The Flames find themselves in a similar situation, owning 10 picks with four in the first two rounds. The Flames have plenty of needs that can't be addressed by the draft. There's already some ideas being floated around...
Burke: said he will almost certainly use one of, or some, of the #Flames 2nd round picks to get a goalie. Should happen around the draft.— Brandon Byskal (@brandonbyskal) May 26, 2016
(Context for this tweet: from the Flames season tickets holders' town hall)
... but we still have no clue what actually awaits us. Your FN writers took their turns answering the big questions facing the Flames heading to June 24th.
June 12 2016 08:00AM
The NHL world has slowly been shying away from drafting goaltenders early. A goalie's value over their career, for the most part, does not match the value of the pick they were selected with. With teams becoming more and more value conscious, they would rather try their luck (Henrik Lundqvist was a sixth rounder!) in later rounds than potentially slip up early on.
That doesn't mean there are no good goalies. Carter Hart has earned consistent praise from scouts and the CHL Goaltender of the Year award despite being relatively undersized for a goalie (6'1", 165 pounds). He has enormous talent, but the Flames are most likely not looking at a goaltender for this draft. Could Hart be able to change their minds?
June 10 2016 12:00PM
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