July 01 2014 11:52AM
The Flames were very vocal about the need to add another NHL goalie heading into free agency and they managed to get one of the better options in former Duck Jonas Hiller.
July 01 2014 10:06AM
The Flames are entering the free agent season with the most cap room in the organization's tenure in the cap era. As a result, the Flames have probably the most flexibility for rookie GM Brad Treliving ever - at least from a budgeting perspective.
The club needs to spend more than $10M in cap space just to make the cap floor. On the other hand, they have over $25M if they decide to spend to the ceiling. They can pursue every big whale in the UFA pool if they so choose or they can decide to be as low risk and frugal as possible. And everything in between.
Here's three ways things may go down for the Flames this summer...
June 30 2014 09:04AM
The draft is over and free agency season is rapidly approaching. We won't be able to truly grade the new regime's work in Philly for another 3-5 years, unfortunately, so all we're left with right now is first impressions and gut reactions based on the info we have the factors you weight and covet. As much as we talk about prospect's characters and builds and skills and results, the truth is each kid is or more or less a scratch lottery ticket - you buy a bunch now and only in 3+ years do you find out if you won anything.
For now, here is my knee-jerk reaction to Treliving's first draft.
June 28 2014 11:29AM
The final pick of the Flames 2014 entry draft is right in line with the rest of the team's activity - Austin Carroll is a big, 20 year old winger out of the WHL who has size (6'3" 215 pounds) and truculence (115 PIMs last year). He was passed over in each of the last two drafts and was actually at the Flames development camp last year as an invite.
June 28 2014 11:14AM
The second defender taken by the Flames in the 2014 entry draft is large Swedish defender Adam Ollas Mattsson in the 6th round. The 17-year old stands 6'4" and weighs in at 214 pounds, so he's already NHL-sized (which seems to have become a theme for the Flames day-2 activities in Philadelphia). He is described by most scouts as a smart, defensive minded-defender, although the major knock against him seems to be his skating. He doesn't appear to have any offense to his game either.