May 25 2016 02:00PM
Look at these two. They are so happy together. Who cares what they want, just sign them both to matching billion dollar contracts. In fact, how about they are co-player coaches for next season?
I think it's pretty safe to assume that if you are a fan of the Flames at this moment (bless you, hang in there), you are probably a fan of these two gents. Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau are two of the most exciting Flames draft picks in franchise history, and both are only beginning their NHL careers. Huzzah! How fun!
However, they must be paid according to their burgeoning star-power and are both restricted free agents this summer. The Flames are faced with a difficult question: do they try to sign the two as a pair or negotiate separately? We're going to hash this out and hear what you have to say after the jump!
May 25 2016 12:00PM
Sean Monahan had an extremely quick path to the NHL. A centre with both size and skill, he earned his way onto the Flames beyond his initial nine-game tryout. As a rookie, he scored 22 goals. As a sophomore, he went up to 62 points.
His third season would see him maintain those lofty totals, and continue to establish him as a key part of the Flames' future.
May 25 2016 10:00AM
As established in previous articles, there are a lot of goalie options on the trade market for the Flames this summer. Whether it's big fish like Marc-Andre Fleury and Ben Bishop or moderate options like Jimmy Howard or Frederik Andersen, Brad Treliving will have more than a few new potential starters to choose from.
Of course, making a trade can be complicated. It involves matching wants, needs and cap situations between two teams. Not to mention the fact that many of the possible trade targets are less than ideal.
The final avenue to explore is free agency. Aside from the obvious (re-signing Karri Ramo), there are a couple of UFA's who might fit the bill.
May 25 2016 08:00AM
Twenty-two days ago, the Calgary Flames removed Bob Hartley from his position as head coach. That vacancy has not yet been filled - although the team is still working on it, narrowing candidates down.
According to Ben Kuzma of The Province, the Flames have requested permission to speak with Vancouver Canucks Assistant Coach (and former Dallas Stars Head Coach) Glen Gulutzan, but have not inquired as to the Utica Comets' Head Coach, Travis Green.
But on a more interesting front, Kuzma also notes the Flames seem to be at 10 or so candidates, with New Jersey Devils Assistant Coach Geoff Ward and former Edmonton Oilers Head Coach Ralph Krueger as the frontrunners.
So that's interesting, isn't it?
May 24 2016 02:00PM
The Mastercard Memorial Cup is in Alberta this season for the first time since 1974. Since the London Knights are chock full of 2016 NHL Draft first-year eligible prospects and Red Deer is a relatively short drive, I made the trek up to check out Monday evening's game.
Here's my takeaways from London's 9-1 whupping of the Brandon Wheat Kings.