July 04 2013 10:32AM
Word from the insiders on twitter is that the Maple Leafs have waived Mikhail Grabovski for the purposes of buying him out today. This is a prelude to unrestricted free agency opening up this weekend (and possible re-signing Tyler Bozak). It's a comically poor decision for Toronto who are one of the worst possession teams in the league, but it represents an opportunity for the Flames.
July 03 2013 02:50PM
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Naturally, we are going to donate a portion of the proceeds to flood relief in Calgary. We had decided to tie this to a charity before we got started here at FN, but right now flood relief seems like the best choice.
July 03 2013 12:10PM
It's not really a Calgary issue anymore, but I'm sure many Flames fans will be interested to see where Jarome Iginla ends up signing this weekend. The former captain to date has not be re-signed by the Pittsburgh Penguins and given their rapidly dwindling cap space with the re-signing of Pascal Dupuis (and the retention of Marc-Andre Fleury) it's a good bet Jarome will be looking for the third stop of his NHL career very soon.
July 02 2013 03:37PM
@NHLFlames qualify nine players: Backlund, Bancks, Bouma, Breen, Brodie, Butler, Byron, Cundari and Nemisz.— Sean Kelso (@kelsohockey) July 2, 2013
According to the Flames, they have qualified the 9 guys listed above. Greg Nemisz and Paul Byron both get another chance, as I guessed they would in an earlier post today, although I suspect it's entirely for organizational depth purposes and not because they are seen as legit prospects anymore.
Absent from the list are Bryan Cameron, Gaelan Patterson, Brady Lamb and Akim Aliu.
July 02 2013 02:00PM
San Jose Sharks have traded TJ Galiardi to Calgary for a draft pick.— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) July 2, 2013
Word from Pierre Lebrun on twitter is the Flames have traded a 4th round pick to the San Jose Sharks for former Hitman and Calgary native LW TJ Galiardi.
Galiardi's the right age (25), but his best season in the NHL was his rookie year in 2009-10 when he scored 15 goals and 39 points. Since then, he's mostly been what you'd call a very typical 3rd line player: a guy who faces other bottom-sixers at even strength for about 11 minutes a night, doesn't score all that much and doesn't really advance play.