July 20 2015 11:00AM
There's been an awful lot of chatter lately about the Calgary Flames and their arena project. Ironically, the chatter has been about the lack of chatter about the arena project coming from the Flames organization.
But when you think about the bigger picture, about the Canadian economic and the political landscape, the radio silence may make a bit of sense.
I think the Flames are waiting to see how the political landscape sits after October's federal election.
July 20 2015 07:59AM
With the Calgary Flames' first arbitration hearing of the summer involving Lance Bouma just two days away, both sides have filed their cases with the League office. As expected, there is a pretty decently-sized gap between the two sides.
In #Flames arbitration case against Lance Bouma, club offers $1.5M, player requests $2.5M.— Tim Wharnsby (@TimWharnsby) July 20, 2015
July 19 2015 11:36AM
The Calgary Flames have seemingly made all the big moves that they have up their sleeves this summer. Michael Frolik and Dougie Hamilton are in the fold, and the bulk of the summer work has thus far involved restricted free agency, arbitration hearings, and the apparent departure of David Wolf back to Europe.
With the team at 42 contracts - two can slide - along with six restricted free agents (including Wolf) to sign, it seems like the team's done their moves this summer. But they also have too many forwards, defenders and goalies on one-way deals (or facing waivers) than they have roster spots.
So something's gotta give, right? So who goes and how?
July 17 2015 03:00PM
The unveiling earlier today of Dougie Hamilton and Michael Frolik to the assembled local media masses at the Saddledome raised a few eyebrows, but mostly for reasons pertaining to jersey numbers.
Hamilton was given his old #27, which he wore in Boston. Frolik's sweater was the subject of much speculation and rankle prior to its display; he wore #67 in Winnipeg and given Brian Burke's public distaste for high numbers, most figured he'd have to abandon his old identifier.
So when he was given #67 by Brad Treliving, the presentation included an explanation from the general manager, responding to a question from Sportsnet's Roger Millions regarding the high number given to the newest Flame.
July 17 2015 01:00PM
The Calgary Flames shocked the hockey world in 2014-15. A rag-tag team beset with low, low expectations, the club instead scrapped, plugged, clawed, and occasionally lucked their way into enough wins to qualify for the post-season. For a group that was a 75-1 underdog to win the Stanley Cup when the season began, it was a pretty big feather in their collective caps.
But general manager Brad Treliving didn't spend his summer sitting on his laurels, and several of his off-season moves have seemingly been designed to ward off complacency within the organization by upsetting the proverbial apple cart.
- If you're a goaltender? Suddenly you're one of three guys on one-way deals fighting for a pair of jobs.
- If you're a defender? Dougie Hamilton joins the group, and suddenly ice-time is at a premium and roles are thrown into question.
- If you're a forward? Congrats, you're fighting with Sam Bennett and Michael Frolik for ice-time on the wings or up the middle.