March 15 2016 10:00AM
The 2016 offseason is going to be an interesting one for Brad Treliving. On top of a probable top five pick and having to re-sign marquee youngsters Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan, he is also facing a very difficult cap management situation.
With pending raises to the aforementioned kids plus Mark Giordano, the Flames are going to have to spend a lot more money just to run in place. On top of that, it's entirely probable that the NHL cap will remain stagnant at $71.4M. That's doubly bad news for a team that will want to improve a roster that is likely going to finish at the bottom of the NHL standings.
So what does the Flames cap situation look like heading into 2016-17, and what can they do to fix it?
March 14 2016 10:00AM
The Flames' march down the NHL standings continues. The latest loss to the Coyotes ties Calgary for last in the West with Winnipeg and Edmonton (though Calgary somehow has three games in hand on the Oil).
Frankly the results have been worse than the team's efforts, which is the best of both worlds for Flames fans right now. The club playing competently but losing is, pragmatically speaking, the ideal way for the team to finish off 2015-16. Losses in and of themselves are never worthy of "celebration", but if the Flames can get a shot at a top three draft pick without playing like the 2014-15 Buffalo Sabres for the last 20 games, let's call it a dim silver lining.
Not many mailbag questions this week, so we'll focus on some tangents.
March 07 2016 08:00AM
So Here we are again, riding out the homestretch. The players are skating for pride and the decision makers are conducting evaluations, but most fan's minds have already turned to the offseason. That's not only because the remainder of the regular season is meaningless. Brad Treliving is facing a particularly interesting summer with the org is in line for a top-3 pick at the entry draft but also staring down the barrel of an imposing cap crunch.
This season also makes it clear the club still has work to do when it comes working its way out of the Western Conference basement. Treliving will likely have to spend a bunch just to run in place, so the challenges facing him are significant.
March 06 2016 12:00PM
Although there's nearly a quarter of the season left to play, 2015-16 is more or less over for the Calgary Flames. As the club plays out the stretch it's a good time reflect on what information fans and management can take from the big step back this year. What were the lessons learned and what is still unclear heading into the offseason?
February 29 2016 09:00AM
Welp it's trade deadline day and the Flames have already taken care of a big piece of business, moving JIri Hudler to the Panthers for a second rounder (2016) and fourth rounder (2018??).
The return isn't a bad one, but it also shows how wacky the deadline market can be. Over the last handful of years the Flames have put Mike Cammalleri, Curtis Glencross and Jiri Hudler on the auction block at the end of February. Cammalleri was a proven 20-30 goal scorer, Jiri Hudler was one season removed from leading the league in even strength points and Glencross... was a solid third line winger on the decline. For some reason, the Flames got the biggest return for Curtis Glencross (second + third round picks).
Which is to say it's really hard to predict the market. Sometimes good players get peanuts or don't move at all. And sometimes you trade Doug Murray for not one but two second round picks. Or you trade former top-11 pick Filip Forsberg for Martin Erat (??).
So strap in folks. The only thing we can say with any certainty is that Kris Russell will move today. Other than that, it's an open table.