February 02 2015 01:00PM
It's February and, yup, the Flames are still in the hunt for a playoff spot. Absent a disastrous month (which is possible, given their schedule), Calgary may be in the market for a player or two at the deadline in order to bolster their depth for a final push.
Although Brad Treliving has, sensibly, said he is focused with the long-term picture rather than simply shopping for a rental, there may be opportunities to add players who are useful both now and later. As we've noted frequently in this space, Calgary's blueline depth is fairly abysmal and is likely the greatest area of need for the club both currently and moving forward. Nabbing a quality top-4 guy who can be retained would help the make the post-season push now and in their quest to develop into true contenders down the road.
January 29 2015 11:00AM
Even though Mike Richards has already cleared waivers,there are persistent rumours that the Calgary Flames are still in talks with the LA Kings to acquire the former Flyer captain and two-time Cup winner.
The hypothetical trade, of course, is complicated one because it's a salary dump rather than a pure hockey deal. Richards' contract is expensive and goes on forever. He's also 29 and has seen his play deteriorate rapidly over the last few seasons. Though he's still a functional (if grossly overpaid) NHLer, the Flames aren't calling the Kings because they want Mike Richards. They're calling them because they can make Mike Richards go away.
For a price.
January 28 2015 05:40PM
(This article was originally published at the Score's Backhand Shelf blog in 2011. I have re-published it here in the spirit of #BellLetsTalk, which aims to grow awareness of mental health issues.)
The NHL landscape has been marred by tragedy this offseason with the recent deaths of Derek Boogaard, Rick Rypien and now Wade Belak. It’s possible that their passing in such close proximity is entirely coincidental and a mere artifact of chance alone. Sometimes unlikely occurrences don’t necessarily carry graver implications.
January 26 2015 12:08PM
Speak of the devil and he shall arrive! This morning in Random Thoughts I noted that David Wolf would be an interesting call-up for the Flames and soon after the club made it so by recalling him with Sven Baertschi and Tyler Wotherspoon.
January 26 2015 09:00AM
It's almost February and the Flames are still hanging around the post-season picture. That means, absent a disastrous February, they may not be ardent sellers come the trade deadline in early March. In fact, they may be buyers! Which, of course, goes a bit against the grain of the current overarching focus of the organization. While making the play-offs is always preferable to not, it would nevertheless be foolish to start selling off quality future assets for deadline rentals given where this club is in their rebuild cycle.
That said, maybe there are a few incremental improvements that management could pursue that would aid the future without harming the present?