June 15 2015 11:19AM
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The National Hockey League's annual entry draft is a hugely important event in the history of each of the league's member clubs. In essence, the draft is a once-a-year "Get Out Of Jail Free" card: every team gets a free asset, with the NHL's drafting system set up to theoretically help the league's worst teams catch up to the pack.
Of course, poor drafting and asset management often conspire against the draft's designs, and keep mediocre teams spiraling down the standings. A good (or lucky) general manager can find players that play for their club for a while, or at least can get some value out of that player and then trade them to another club to perpetuate the draft pick's value into the future. A bad one? Well, they grab terrible players, or they trade away the picks for next-to-nothing and fail to maximize the asset's value.
In the first of several trips down memory land between now and the 2015 edition of the NHL Draft, we take a look at the drafting and transactional history of the old Atlanta Flames. Who did Cliff Fletcher select? And once he added these free assets, how did "Trader Cliff" manage them?
June 14 2015 11:00AM
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The Calgary Flames had their most successful season in years in 2014-15. They made the playoffs for the first time since 2009 and won a playoff round for the first time since 2004. And all this in just the second year of the club's long-awaited rebuild.
Their reward for such a successful campaign? They get the best draft selection of any of the playoff teams, by virtue of being the club with the lowest point total to qualify for the post-season. On June 26, Flames general manager Brad Treliving will step up to the podium to select at 15th overall.
Here are the five most likely candidates to be selected by the Flames with their first round pick.
June 13 2015 10:12AM
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The Calgary Flames began a youth movement this past year, with the team's offense in the post-season being driven largely by 18-year-old Sam Bennett, 20-year-old Sean Monahan and 21-year-old Johnny Gaudreau. In addition to those talented youngsters, the Flames also saw a bunch of youngsters from their American Hockey League club in Adirondack. Some of them turned out really well. Some seemed to need more seasoning.
Here's five youngsters from the AHL ranks that are closest to making the jump to full-time NHL employment.
June 11 2015 03:00PM
Some news out of St. Louis today, as Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that the Blues will not be re-signing pending unrestricted free agent Barret Jackman.
With the Calgary Flames likely attempting to upgrade their defensive group over the summer, would the 34-year-old left-shooting Jackman be a fit in the Stampede City?
June 10 2015 04:00PM
So far this summer here at FlamesNation, we've invested a fair bit of time poking at the proverbial corpse of the Calgary Flames' 2014-15 season. As a result, now we have a bit of idea of how each regular player performed, particularly relative to their roles on the club.
After that process, it's likely prudent to take a look at the team at a glance and, perhaps, make some determinations regarding how the Flames should improve the team going forward. In particular: which players should Brad Treliving endeavour to retain, and which should be attempt to divest the team of?