June 28 2015 02:30PM
With the NHL Draft in the rear-view mirror, Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman's 30 Thoughts provided its usual blend of insight and intrigue. Most relevant in Calgary Flames circles? The circumstances of Dougie Hamilton's exit from Beantown, apparently related to his contract desires.
I’m more curious about practical analysis, as in, what does this tell us about the new regime? One GM compared it to “Harry Sinden running the team again.” What he meant was Hamilton and Milan Lucic made contract asks the Bruins didn’t like, and rather than doing much negotiating, pulled the trigger.
To be fair, Don Sweeney was up against a July 1 offer sheet possibility, although not with Lucic.
The best information I can give you is it appears the team offered six years and $33M to Hamilton, while the response was about $2M per year higher.
Sometimes, we get caught up in initial proposals. Any good negotiator will tell you to exaggerate your opening position.
June 27 2015 12:09PM
The Calgary Flames were a busy bunch this weekend! They were involved in a big trade that brought in a top-four defender, and then swapped picks around to select twice in the second round, then once each in the fifth, sixth and seventh rounds.
Overall, six players joined the Flames organization this weekend.
June 27 2015 11:33AM
After grabbing some speed and some skill in this year's draft, the Calgary Flames went with a big body with their final selection of the 2015 NHL Draft. They selected defenseman Riley Bruce of the North Bay Battalion at 196th overall.
June 27 2015 11:09AM
With their sixth round selection in the 2015 NHL Draft, the Calgary Flames finally took somebody born in North America, grabbing Ontario-born center Andrew Mangiapane from the Barrie Colts at 166th overall.
June 27 2015 10:39AM
After drafting Swedes with their first two selections in the 2015 NHL Draft, the Calgary Flames went local (but continued to go international) with the selection of Calgary Hitmen forward Pavel Karnaukhov at 136th overall.