June 07 2015 11:00AM
It's June, so that means it's time for another round of our annual Flames first round targets series.
This year, the club sits smack dab in the middle of round 1 with the 15th overall selection. The last time the team had a pick in this area (14th overall), they elected to trade down and pick Mark Jankowski 21st overall. And while we still can't be certain of Jankowski's future with the club, the collection of players the team missed due to that decision (Teuvo Teravainen, Cody Ceci, Olli Maata, Scott Laughton, Tomas Hertl, Zemgus Girgensons) suggests it wasn't the best of maneuvers.
June 05 2015 09:22AM
Word from a number of sources on Twitter suggest the Flames have signed 21-year old QMJHL forward Louick Marcotte. The 6'1", 200 pound RW was the leading scorer of the Gatineau Olympiques this year, managing 36 goals and 40 assists in 63 games.
June 01 2015 11:00AM
If they had not missed the playoffs this year, the LA Kings would be battling the Chicago Blackhawks for the title of the NHL's foremost current dynasty. Since taking their big step forward in 2011, the Kings have been the best possession team in the league and have won two of the last three Stanley Cups prior to this season.
So how did they go from a perpetually mediocre club to one of the best in the league?
May 29 2015 09:00AM
Just as the Flames may have some trade targets in their sites this off-season, the club may well have some players they want to auction off as well. I personally identified Dennis Wideman as a good trade candidate in my recent look at the Flames cap situation over the next three years owing to his price tag, age and likelihood to fall back down to earth moving forward.
At the time of writing, Dennis Wideman was the runaway favourite in the FN poll as a trade candidate as well. The question remains, should the Flames even trade Wideman and are there any teams who could potentially be interested?
May 26 2015 11:00AM
Although the Flames may be facing a challenging cap situation in a couple of years, for now they still boast a lot of budget flexibility. With the cap ceiling stagnating this upcoming, this may represent an opportunity to pry a few good players from clubs with budget problems. Think Johnny Boychuk from Boston last year.
So who should Brad Treliving be talking to? Candidates include the Chicago Blackhawks, Boston Bruins, Los Angeles Kings and Tampa Bay Lightning. Here's what each club could offer the Flames in terms of trade targets. All salary info from NHLnumbers.com.