August 11 2015 01:30PM
I have been an advocate of dealing Dennis Wideman and replacing him with Cody Franson for most of the off-season. With Franson lingering into August as an unrestricted free agent, my interest in the Flames swapping him in for Wideman has doubled, given the fact his initial contract demands have likely lessened over time. There's a chance Franson goes relatively cheap to whoever signs him now, which is good news given the fact he was arguable the best UFA defender on the market this year.
I've learned that my Wideman strategy doesn't hold universal appeal. A wade through comments sections or message boards shows a wave of support for the current Flames, as well as lot of skepticism about the value of Wideman. In this article, I'll look at a side-by-side comparison of the two and discussion my reasoning for the hypothetical switch up.
August 06 2015 01:30PM
The Calgary Flames have had a fine summer. It's been a long time since the org made so many solid, potentially organization altering acquisitions in such a short span. The only roughly equivalent period I can recall is when pre-madness Darryl Sutter grabbed Miikka Kiprusoff, Daymond Langkow and Kristian Huselius in rough succession. Of course, those additions were spread over a couple of years rather than just a few days (thanks in part to the lock-out).
The Flames still need to improve, but the rebuild likely took a big jump forward with the acquisitions of Dougie Hamilton and Michael Frolik. While there are a few potential moves left, like signing maybe David Schlemko, Brad Treliving's big test now is less addition and more subtraction.
In fact, every area of the roster could use some fat trimming.
July 27 2015 03:00PM
With the summer signing's piling up and the Canadian dollar stagnating, a lot of eyes in Calgary are looking past next season to the summer of 2016, when Mark Giordano, Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau will all need new contracts. Calgary has enough cap space to work with this year, but things get a lot more complicated next year thanks to some pretty big raises on the horizon.
We'll save the Captain for another discussion. For now, let's focus on what the kids may demand on their next deals.
July 26 2015 11:51AM
Brad Treliving wrapped up the final pending arbitration case today, inking speedy winger Paul Byron to a one year deal worth $900,000. That's a modest raise over his previous contract of $600,000 per year.
July 23 2015 02:05PM
The Calgary Flames have inked RFA Lance Bouma in advance of a pending arbitration decision. The deal is for 3 years with a cap hit of $2.2M.