June 17 2013 11:08AM
We're less than 2 weeks away from one of the most pivotal drafts in the history of the Flames franchise so, naturally, there's plenty to talk about. Elliotte Friedman reported during the last game of the Stanley Cup finals that the Flames are already aggressively pursuing a "move up" strategy, offering all of their first round picks for Colorado's first overall (which has been summarily rejected, of course).
June 15 2013 10:46AM
Hearing new head of hockey ops to Flames. Sources say high-profile NHL exec in line to replace Ken King who moves to arena project. (2)— bruce dowbiggin (@dowbboy) June 14, 2013
Bruce Dowbiggen isn't very popular in many Flames fan circles, but he's not a guy who makes a habit of trading unfounded rumors, so there could be something to this.
June 14 2013 09:31AM
Jay Feaster and Craig Conroy have been vocal in the media about the Flames wishes of moving up from the 6th spot in this years draft. Of course, almost every team not in the top-5 currently is likely saying the same thing given the density and quality of the talent that resides at the top end.
June 12 2013 11:12AM
A few weeks back, Elliotte Friedman noted that the New York Islanders are making it known around the league that they are willing to give up "something" to any team willing to trade for Rick Dipietro's contract (and presumably use a compliance buy out to make it go away).
The Flames are uniquely positioned to pull something like that off. The organization has deep pockets, no cap concerns (in case they want to keep the guy on the roster for some reason) and an urgent need for whatever futures the Islanders would be willing to give up.
June 11 2013 01:01PM
The Calgary Flames only have two pending restricted free agents of serious importance this summer: Mikael Backlund and TJ Brodie. Last year, it was an open question whether Mikael would get another contract with the Flames after an injury and percentages hampered season. This year he got hurt again, but was clearly one of the best forwards on the ice in the games he managed to play. His re-signing shouldn't be an issue.
TJ Brodie is a slightly more interesting case. The 23-year old defender entered the season as a healthy scratch but rapidly worked his way up the depth chart before ultimately finishing the year as a fixture on the top pairing. Brodie didn't score a lot of points during his rapid ascent, but there's no question he's considered one of the brightest spots in the organization moving forward. He was voted the team's MVP and best defenseman in FN's year-end awards article last month.