August 23 2014 04:00PM
August 15 2014 08:30AM
The Flames last bit of business this summer is to get RFA Lance Bouma under contract. It's mildly surprising negotiations have dragged in this manner because from the outside it seems like an easy re-up: Bouma's well liked by the organization for his intangibles, but he doesn't have much leverage beyond that. He has less than 2 NHL seasons worth of hockey under his belt in the show and his counting stats reflect a player of his, uh, role (5 goals, 15 points total).
Usually guys of this ilk get a modest raise over their ELC since there isn't much to argue over. However, given the lack of a deal and the fact it's the middle of August, let's take a closer look at Bouma's results from last year to see what the Flames might have on their hands.
August 05 2014 08:30AM
It's time to start talking about a TJ Brodie extension. The longer the team waits, the more expensive he will become.
Last summer I argued that the Flames should sign then RFA TJ Brodie to a long-term deal rather than the bridge contract they settled on. The reasoning was that Brodie was trending up substantially and projected to be an important - and potentially expensive - part of the Flames future. The argument against this suggestion was that it was too risky to commit long-term dollars to a relatively untested commodity.
August 02 2014 10:06AM
It's no secret the Flames suddenly have a lot of kids knocking on the door. In addition to established guys like Max Reinhart, Markus Granlund, Sven Baertschi, Corban Knight, Ben Hanowski, Michael Ferland and Tyler Wotherspoon, the organization is going to add Johnny Gaudreau, Bill Arnold, David Wolf, Emile Poirier, Brett Kulak, Ryan Culkin, Pat Sieloff and Kenny Agostino to the mix full time this year. Sam Bennett is a possibility as well, but for now we'll assume the team is going to send him back to junior.
July 29 2014 09:00AM
A lot. Probably.
I suppose that needs more explanation.
There's three main reasons the Flames were a bottom-5 team last year (besides, you know, not having a ton of talent):
1.) The first half of the season. A period during which Hartley spent experimenting with his roster and tactics, resulting in a precipitous drop down the standings. Calgary's second half of the year was actually quite respectable from a record and underlying numbers stand point.
2.) A lot of injuries to key members of a thin roster (only 3 Flames played 80 or more games and one of them was Chris Butler).
3.) Worse than average goaltending.
We're here to talk about the third thing.