August 24 2016 10:00AM
The single most common question we're hearing in regards to the Calgary Flames is "When's Johnny Gaudreau going to sign?" The second-most common question is "And for how long?"
The challenge in forecasting Gaudreau's deal is that there are a lot of different variables in play. What does the team want? What does the player want? Will their wants and needs change over the course of a long deal? What are the risks involved to each side?
After weighing as many variables as I could drum up, I'm beginning to believe that a shorter-term deal, something in the vicinity of three years, may be the best bet for everybody involved.
August 24 2016 08:00AM
A lot of people were enthusiastic about the Flames' 2016 draft, and looking back on all the picks they made, it's pretty easy to see why. They used most of their picks, and collected a fair amount of talent along the way.
Some of that talent came over a 12-pick stretch, as the Flames had picks #54, #56, and #66 in the draft. It's the last of this group - #66, Calgary's only third rounder - that's garnered some of the stronger hype this early on, though.
Adam Fox was in Buffalo when he was drafted: the first Flame to be present after Matthew Tkachuk. The defenceman checks in at #8 in his debut on the FlamesNation Prospect Profile countdown.
August 23 2016 02:00PM
Darryl Sutter was simultaneously one of the best and worst general managers of the Calgary Flames. During his tenure, he took the team out of the Young Guns era and into their most successful spell since the 1980s. On the other hand, he also ignored the looming spectre of old age and unsustainability and sent the team crashing into rebuild mode.
The latter is mostly due to his drafting. If he wasn't trading draft picks away ("fun" fact! Sutter only drafted in the second round twice during his eight years), he was wasting them. There's the infamous 2005 and 2006 drafts, where the best selection he made was his own son (who played all of 60 NHL games). Of the 59 players he selected, only ten have player more than 100 games, and most of those ten are depth players. TJ Brodie, Dion Phaneuf, and Mikael Backlund are pretty much his only impact picks through his whole career.
It's absolutely stunning that a man who pretty much excelled at every other aspect of his job could fail so completely at drafting. Hindsight being 20/20 and all, we can look back and say he should've picked this player and this other player instead of this guy or Matt Pelech. That criticism can apply to every GM though. If given the chance to repick, everyone would grab certain NHLers.
The more interesting, and more fun, way to judge the quality of Darryl Sutter's picks is to put someone else in the exact same spot, but without any hockey knowledge, previous experience, scouting reports, statistical data, or what have you. Someone who is equally likely to take a seventh rounder in the first round as they would take a first rounder. Someone who could use all their picks on goalies. That someone is a hat.
August 23 2016 10:00AM
Most fans of the Calgary Flames are just happy any uncertainty surrounding Sean Monahan's contract extension has been put to bed. The Flames and Monahan agreed to a seven year, $44.625 million pact on Friday, leaving the team with just one remaining high profile extension to get done. Monahan signing long term is definitely a good thing, but it still leaves me with a couple lingering questions.
August 23 2016 08:00AM
There are pretty much three categories a free agent European signing can fit into. The ideal is they turn into a star player, but it's more likely they'll either flare out or turn into a respectable, if average, guy.
We don't yet know just what category Daniel Pribyl will fall into, but there's reason to have hope for the 23-year-old who was first drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the sixth round, 168th overall, of the 2011 draft.
It's that hope that sees Pribyl, in his first summer as a member of the Flames organization, come in at number nine on our list.