Weekend Open Thread: Are the World Juniors Important?

Ryan Pike
August 09 2014 08:30AM

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World Junior summer camps ended this past week, with a pair of Calgary Flames first round picks vying for spots on Team Canada in the form of Sam Bennett and Morgan Klimchuk, and Rushan Rafikov doing his best to cement his spot on the Russian U20 team.

Of course, amidst all this hubbub about trying out for international teams, Canada's Aaron Ekblad left the camp with a concussion and Robby Fabbri received a lower body injury. Yes, during a summer try-out camp for a tournament that runs during the middle of the North American playing season.

This leads to this week's Weekend Open Thread question: Are the World Juniors important?

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Should Eric Roy & Austin Carroll Turn Pro?

Ryan Pike
August 04 2014 10:21AM

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It's August, so that means two things: World Junior and World Under-18 camps are underway, and major-junior teams will soon be able to hold camps and make roster moves.

The first "thing" is cool because Sam Bennett and Morgan Klimchuk are vying for spots on Team Canada's entry at the World Juniors this Christmas in Toronto and Montreal. (Yay home-ice advantage!) The second is important because the Flames may have to make some quick decisions on some 20-year-olds depending on what happens with their junior teams.

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What Is Lance Bouma Worth?

Ryan Pike
August 01 2014 08:45AM

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With Mark Cundari and Joe Colborne signed last week, forward Lance Bouma is Calgary's last remaining off-season loose end. The 24-year-old forward is a restricted free agent, and arguably of all of Calgary's RFAs has the best case for a raise based on how well he played last season.

In the interest of shining a light on why #17 hasn't yet re-signed, here's a brief look at what the Calgary Flames, and what Bouma's representatives, probably think he's worth.

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Max Reinhart's Moment of Truth

Ryan Pike
July 30 2014 08:30AM

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A year ago, Max Reinhart was in tough in the Calgary Flames organization after a not-great first year of professional hockey. Now with a really great AHL season under his belt and some NHL experience, now is the time for Max Reinhart to make the jump to becoming a full-time NHLer.

Because after this season, there might not be many more chances for him within the Flames organization.

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Weekend Open Thread: 2014-15 Contract Round-Up

Ryan Pike
July 26 2014 11:00AM

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The Flames made some more signings this week, inking Sam Bennett, Joe Colborne and Joni Ortio to new deals. With those deals inked and only Lance Bouma and Mark Cundari left to go among the restricted free agents, what better time than the vaunted Weekend Open Thread to talk a gander at the team's contract situation.

Who stays in Calgary? Who gets dispatched to Glens Falls? Who gets traded away for a bag of pucks or a bunch of sticks? Here's who is making what (and on what kind of deal) in 2014-15.

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