In the Face

Kent Wilson
August 09 2010 02:20PM

PITTSBURGH - DECEMBER 15: Riley Cote #32 of the Philadelphia Flyers and Eric Godard #28 of the Pittsburgh Penguins square off during a first period fight at the Mellon Arena on December 15, 2009 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

 

Riley Cote announced today that he would retiring at the age of 28 in order to take a coaching position with the Flyers AHL squad. As Gabe notes here, Cote did little more than sit in the penalty box during his professional career, which got me wondering just what wisdom he of one goal in 156 games might be able to impart to the next generation of NHLers. As a result, here's how I figure a Cote dressing room chalkboard session might go: (some NSFW language)

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Mapping the NHL Cap Environment

Kent Wilson
August 05 2010 02:53PM

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 25: Scott Yzerman of the Tampa Bay Lightning speaks with Scotty Bowman of the Chicago Blackhawks during the 2010 NHL Entry Draft at Staples Center on June 25, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

 

With discussions of the Flames obvious cap issues on-going (with no end in sight), there's been a lot of suggestions that Darryl will be able to dump a Cory Sarich or Steve Staios on a "cap floor" team if things get desperate come September. While the league is indeed polarized between a bevy of cap-strapped and cap-flush clubs, the truth is the former greatly outnumber the latter, particularly when real dollars (rather than cap space) is considered.  Here's how the current budgetary landscape for each club breaks down:

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The Pros and Cons of Trading Robyn Regehr

Kent Wilson
August 04 2010 08:29AM

CALGARY, AB - OCTOBER 1: Robyn Regehr #28 of the Calgary Flames in play against the Vancouver Canucks in the third period of NHL action on October 1, 2009 at the Pengrowth Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta. (Photo by Mike Ridewood/Getty Images)

 

I received an email by reader/commenter dustin642 yesterday. He noted that the possibility of trading Robyn Regehr was rife with complications. Thanks to his points and some further thought, I've decided to delve further into the topic.

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White Contract - Roster and Cap Implications

Kent Wilson
August 01 2010 03:15PM

UNIONDALE, NY - MARCH 25: Defenseman Steve Staios #27 of the Calgary Flames skates against the New York Islanders during an NHL game at the Nassau Coliseum on March 25, 2010 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

 

With Ian White's deal landing a Happy Meal short of $3 million, the Flames last order of business this off-season is to become cap compliant before the season starts. While Cap Geek reports the Flames are $2M and change over the cap, the truth is that one can readily delete AHL minor leaguers Staffan Kronwall without much fuss. The Flames won't be carrying 8 defenders and Kronwall is the most obvious choice to get shuttled out of town.

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Dev. Camp - Day Three Observations

Kent Wilson
July 29 2010 04:08PM

MONTREAL, QC - JUNE 26: Tim Erixon of the Calgary Flames poses for a photo after he was selected #23 overall by the Flames during the first round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft at the Bell Centre on June 26, 2009 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

 

A truncated afternoon session today filled with line rushes and a brief 4-on-4 scrimmage. The activity was more interesting and more instructive, but at 45 minutes or so, not enough to really watch everyone in question. Some items of interest:

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