October 01 2016 03:00PM
So we're at that point of the year, mere weeks away from the regular season, and the typical discussion of who could make the roster to fill any lingering holes. One hole of note is on the defense, and it's a rather important one.
The reality that Jakub Nakladal will be re-signed anytime soon - or at all for that matter - is increasingly diminishing. Ladislav Smid is done for the season (and presumably his career), and we've hit a fever pitch with discussion of whether or not the Flames should bite on Kris Russell again.
Rather than pursue Russell or a guy on a PTO like Nicklas Grossmann, the Flames should look internally.
September 22 2016 10:45AM
Brad Treliving made the announcement today that was seemingly a long time coming: veteran defenseman Ladislav Smid will not play this season. It's little surprise that this was something expected to happen and at the heart of it are two stories.
One, that will give the Calgary Flames additional cap space, a commodity they're desperate for; two, the story of a player whose playing days appear numbered, if not over.
September 14 2016 02:00PM
It's September, the World Cup of Hockey tournament is about to start for real, and the Calgary Flames still have to sign Johnny Gaudreau. But an underlying and rather valuable asset remains unsigned as well: Jakub Nakladal.
After his well above-average showing to close out last season, the Czech blueliner is among a small contingent of capable NHLers who may warrant a PTO or a contract - whether it's in the NHL or overseas - that can help improve a team immediately.
September 06 2016 08:00AM
When news broke yesterday that Kris Versteeg wouldn't be heading to the NLA due to insurance issues, yet another able-bodied forward became available. This isn't a Chris Higgins situation but more of a chance to pursue a player considerably more skilled.
And if we're being honest here, Kris Versteeg offers more than some existing roster players.
August 17 2016 03:17PM
The Arizona/Phoenix connection that Brad Treliving has continues as the Calgary Flames added former-Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney to the scouting staff as a pro scout. Maloney served as the Coyotes' GM from 2007 until the end of this past season.