Ryan Wilson will join the Flames at training camp on a professional tryout

Thomas Drance
September 03 2015 03:50PM

USATSI_8136955_168381338_lowres
Photo Credit: Isaiah J. Downing/USA TODAY Sports

The Calgary Flames have announced that one-time Flames prospect and former oft-injured Colorado Avalanche defender Ryan Wilson will join the club on a professional tryout when training camp opens later this month.

Wilson, 28, is a left-handed shooter with decent size and solid wheels. When he's been healthy enough to be in the lineup, he's been a legitimately useful and productive NHL caliber defenseman. He's rarely been in the lineup in recent years though, which is the primary reason he's available in the opening weeks of September. Since the NHL lockout he's appeared in only 47 games including the postseason, the result of a variety of injuries to his knee, ankle, shoulder and back.

As a no-risk gamble with the possibility of upgrading the club's blue-line depth, this is a potentially savvy invite for the Flames.

Read Article | 28 Comments

Flames sign captain Mark Giordano to 6-year, $40.5 million contract extension

Thomas Drance
August 25 2015 10:27AM

article_dd008ebd-ac8d-423b-96b2-f363cb990a91 (1)
Photo Credit: Sergei Belski/USA TODAY Sports

The Calgary Flames have signed 31-year-old defenseman and captain Mark Giordano to a six-year contract extension the club announced on Tuesday. The deal is worth a reported $40.5 million overall, and carries an annual average value of $6.75 million.

Giordano - who turns 32 prior to the beginning of this upcoming season - is entering the final year of his current five-year, $20.1 million contract, so obviously this new deal represents a significant and well earned raise. It's also a pretty big win for Flames management, considering that Giordano's camp reportedly was looking for an eight-year deal worth more than $70 million.

Read Article | 167 Comments

Report: Starting point in Giordano negotiations set at 8-years, $72 million

Thomas Drance
July 01 2015 09:55AM

USATSI_8409892_168381338_lowres
Photo Credit: Sergei Belski/USA TODAY Sports

Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving had made it no secret: it's a priority of his organization to lock up team captain Mark Giordano before he hits the unrestricted free agent market next summer.

Though he was always effective, Giordano is the rare late-blooming superstar. Over the past few seasons,  Giordano has blossomed from being a bona fide top pairing player, to a Norris-caliber 1A defenseman for the Flames. 

It's not going to be cheap to extend him, and indeed, Giordano's camp is opening negotiations with an eight-year, $72 million ask ($9 million annual average value) according to Sportsnet's Nick Kypreos. Kypreos' report isn't the first we've heard of it, it corroborates a report from last week by typically dogged TSN's Frank Seravalli.

Read Article | 25 Comments

Flames Free Agent Frenzy Preview

Thomas Drance
July 01 2015 09:00AM

USATSI_8555764_168381338_lowres
Mason Raymond: an appropriate cautionary tale for the free agent frenzy.
Photo Creidt: Sergei Belski/USA TODAY Sports

The Calgary Flames made an earth shattering offseason addition last weekend when they traded for blue chip young defenseman Dougie Hamilton prior to the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.

Now that Hamilton has been locked up for six years with an eminently reasonable contract carrying an annual average value of $5.75 million, the Flames can turn their attention to free agency. Will Flames general manager Brad Treliving put the memory of last season's slew of misguided contracts behind him, and continue his hot streak this July 1?

Let's preview the Flames' particular needs and posture ahead of the opening of the unrestricted free agent market.

Read Article | 13 Comments

Report: Flames lock up Dougie Hamilton with 6-year, $34.5 million contract

Thomas Drance
June 30 2015 12:08PM

USATSI_8386846_168381338_lowres
Photo Credit: Sergei Belski/USA TODAY Sports

The Calgary Flames have signed 22-year-old bluechip defenseman Dougie Hamilton to a six-year contract worth a reported $34.5 million. The contract will carry an annual average value of $5.75 million.

It's a steal of a contract for a young, 6-foot-5, two-way defender who has produced first-pairing results throughout the first three seasons of his NHL career, and is only scratching at the surface of what he might accomplish in the NHL.

Read Article | 70 Comments