July 25 2014 10:35AM
Joni Ortio signed a new contract yesterday. When he appeared on Sportsnet 960 radio to discuss the deal, Flames general manager Brad Treliving explained that Ortio was able to bounce between the NHL and AHL this season - which is probably one of the reasons Ortio was willing to sign for the terms he did. He's both waiver exempt and on a two-way for 2014-15, but on a one-way in 2015-16, with the implication that the club really wants to audition him for an NHL job soon.
Ortio's not the only player in the organization with this much flexibility.
July 23 2014 12:45PM
Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving checked off another thing from his to-do list yesterday, inking restricted free agent Joe Colborne to a two-year deal. That leaves RFAs Lance Bouma, Mark Cundari and Joni Ortio left to sign. (And an extension for Curtis Glencross, which can probably wait.)
(For the record, I betcha Bouma gets somewhere closer to $1.5 million when he re-signs.)
July 22 2014 10:27AM
Because nobody ever really wants to go forward with an arbitration hearing and publicly bury one of their players, the Calgary Flames have reportedly come to terms with center Joe Colborne on a new deal.
July 22 2014 09:44AM
About a year ago, we spent some time looking at the Flames' age structure.
Back then, the Flames were still somewhat mired in a problem: they had a lot of older players, and a handful of younger players, and not a lot of NHL-ready players in that middle age group. To be successful or, heck, just to survive the aging of your roster, you want to have a reasonably balanced age structure with younger players coming up at a fairly steady rate to spell off your declining and departing veterans.
The Flames have improved a bit in this area just over the past 13 months - through two free agent signing periods and an entire regular season.
July 21 2014 09:30AM
The Calgary Flames have had some great hits and some ugly misses when drafting Swedish players.
The hits are pretty obvious: 2007 first rounder Mikael Backlund and, awhile ago, Hakan friggin' Loob. The misses? There have been quite a few since the 2004-05 lockout: Tim Erixon, and a slew of late-rounders like Per Jonsson, Alexander Deilert and Henrik Bjorklund. So while the Flames once again went to the Swedish well in the 2014 draft, grabbing the towering Adam Ollas Mattsson in the sixth round, you could understand why they hedged their bets a bit.
Ollas Mattsson didn't participate in on-ice at development camp due to injury, but he was available to the media. He comes across amazingly well, particularly because he speaks better English than most of the media honks (this writer included). The youngest player in the Flames system by virtue of his July 1996 birthday, Ollas Mattsson impressed at the World Under-18s and even made his pro debut with Djurgardens as a 17-year-old.
I chatted with him a bit at development camp.