February 12 2015 01:00PM
We're rapidly approaching the NHL's trade deadline - March 2 at 1pm MT - and one thing that's on everybody's mind is the salary cap. (And lunch.)
But mostly the cap. It's at $69 million US right now, and the escalation of the cap is dependent on where the Canadian dollar lands, or is expected to be, considering that a lot of league revenues are paid in Canadian dollars. At the All-Star Game, Gary Bettman indicated a general scale of escalation based on the Canadian dollar's value, and that places the cap at around $71.7 million US next season if there's an 80-cent dollar (and it moves up or down about a quarter-million with each cent).
I don't think the Flames are too worried about where the cap wiggles to for next season.
February 12 2015 11:00AM
In the second deal of the day for the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday, the Sabres sent goaltender Jhonas Enroth to the Dallas Stars in exchange for goalie Anders Lindback and a conditional third round selection in this year's draft.
The Enroth swap may indicate a general value for goaltenders that could provide an idea of what Karri Ramo could net, if traded.
February 11 2015 03:00PM
The big news of the day in the hockey world is the blockbuster trade between the Winnipeg Jets and Buffalo Sabres. Not only is it a big thing for both of the teams involved, but it also has a ripple effect across the remainder of the National Hockey League.
The Jets added towering young defender Tyler Myers, a player long thought on the trade block for the right price. The Flames are among many, many teams in a precarious position. Not only do the Flames likely want to make a move to counter the Jets big move and keep their team competitive in the Western playoff race, but Myers suddenly being off the market likely drives up the price for every other secondary defender on the market.
So, if you're the Flames, What Do You Do?
February 10 2015 05:00PM
The Calgary Flames have been one of the NHL's worst possession teams this season. Whether you want to look at shots, Corsi, Corsi Close, Fenwick, Fenwick Close or any other metric, the Calgary Flames are not super amazing at puck possession.
As a result, Calgary's special teams are going to be crucially important for the team to continue to have success, particularly if the club makes the post-season.
So let's talk about the power-play!
February 10 2015 03:00PM
Way back in November of 2013, 10 former players filed suit against the National Hockey League in regards to the league's responsibility of protecting players from the dangers of concussions. Today, another 30 former players filed suit in U.S. District Court in Minnesota, per Adam Proteau of The Hockey News.