May 21 2013 02:01PM
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For the first time in a decade, the Flames are entering the off-season without really knowing who their starter will be in October. Miikka Kiprusoff hasn't officially retired yet, but even if the 37 year old puckstopper decides he wants to play out the final season of his deal it would make sense for the club to use their compliance buy-out this summer to make his onerous $5.83M cap hit disappear.
Even if Kipper somehow sticks around, the Flames should be looking for its next starter this coming season - Calgary's mission is primarily exploratory next season, so it wouldn't benefit the org to stick to the tried and true even if it is an option.
So if not Kipper, then who? Here's how Calgary's crease depth chart looks heading into the draft and free agency:
May 21 2013 10:19AM
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Although we focus a lot on corsi/possession analysis here at FN when it comes to assessing players and teams, there are obviously othe metrics to take into account when evaluating talent/impact. One of those things which we don't talk about too much is penalty differential, or the difference between a players penalties taken and drawn.
May 18 2013 11:19AM
Yesterday we discussed Taylor Cammarata as a potential mid-round target of the Flames this coming draft. We'd like to profile all of the org's targets, but of course that's not possible.
May 17 2013 10:31AM
While the 6th overall pick will obviously be the most important done made by the team at the draft next month, it's important to keep in mind that the club has two other picks inside the top 30 and nine picks overall. Which means the Flames scouts have a lot more work on their hands than simply deciding between Elis Lindholm and Sean Monahan.
May 16 2013 10:13AM
Sean Monahan is probably guy who will end up as Calgary's first pick this June. In just about every mock draft or consensus draft board he lands right in Calgary's range (6th-8th overall). Monahan also ticks a lot of boxes for the organization: a big, smart center with good offensive and two-way ability.
The 6'02"195 pound pivot has an October 12, 1994 birthday and is one of the oldest draft eligible players available this year. It's not like the extra year has inflated his stock however - even if Monhahan was a few weeks older and therefore draft eligible in 2012 he would have been a top-10 pick thanks to a 33-goal, 78-point effort that season.