May 27 2015 11:00AM
When the Calgary Flames announced the signing of Deryk Engelland during free agency season, most people went through this basic thought process:
- "$2.9 million over three years isn't bad for a big, physical right-handed defenseman with playoff experience. What's that per season?..." [Editor's Note: that'd be $967,000 per year.]
- "Wait. Wait. It's not $2.9 million over three years?..."
- "Oh God, please no..."
Immediately, it became evident to those who follow the team that it was expensive for a third pairing guy. And considering that Dennis Wideman ($5.25 million) had underperformed and Ladislav Smid ($3.5 million) was what he was, it seemed a bit steep - particularly considering either one of those three would sit regularly or someone would play well over their head in the second pairing.
Here we are, a season later, and I think Engelland turned out about as well as everybody thought he would.
May 26 2015 01:00PM
In all my haste to get Calgary's, um, worst players out of the way, I somehow skipped over one of their major success stories - the NHL's 7th-leading scorer, Jiri Hudler.
Hudler joined the Flames as a free agent, signing a long-term deal just before the 2012-13 lockout began. His 2012-13 season was thus, truncated, and unfortunately punctuated with the death of his father. Long story short, much like his coach (Bob Hartley), Hudler probably would've liked a mulligan on the entire 2012-13 campaign.
He seemed to get his legs under him last season, and he was really, really good in spurts this season.
May 25 2015 03:00PM
This breakdown isn't going to be particularly long.
Brandon Bollig is what he is. He's a fourth line winger. He has size. He occasionally scores goals. He occasionally fights. He doesn't play a heck of a lot.
May 25 2015 09:00AM
On this date in 1989, the Calgary Flames joined an elite group!
By virtue of their 4-2 win in Game 6 of the 1989 Stanley Cup Final, the Flames captured their first - and so far, only - Stanley Cup.
May 24 2015 01:00PM
Last season, Sean Monahan introduced himself to the National Hockey League. He was a perfectly adequate center, as long as he was sheltered with lots of offensive zone starts, minutes against other team's lesser lights, and some good line-mates. He scored many goals, and had a sky-high shooting percentage.
This season? He was thrust into the spotlight as the Flames lost Mikael Backlund and Matt Stajan to injuries right after the season began. In the second year of his entry-level contract, just around his 20th birthday, he became Calgary's de facto #1 center.
And he didn't look terribly out of place.