Why not sign David Schlemko?

Pat Steinberg
July 31 2015 11:08AM

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As free agency enters it's second month, one of the small mysteries for me has been the future of defenceman David Schlemko. Claimed on waivers late in the season by the Flames, I thought the serviceable blueliner more than held his own in the role he was given. Is this high priority stuff for Calgary? No, it's not. But I do think you can make a compelling case why bringing him back makes sense.

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Converting prospects to assets

Pat Steinberg
July 29 2015 10:42AM

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The formula above is math, which means it's scary and might as well be cyrillic. The Calgary Flames are working on a formula of their own, because they have an interesting job on their hands. The Flames have a really solid number of decent prospects, which they should be given credit for. Now the challenge is identifying which of those players they want to have move columns. Let's face it, Calgary now has to move a few players who were once organizational prospects into a different category: organizational assets.

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Micheal Ferland's unanswered questions

Pat Steinberg
July 27 2015 10:35AM

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It's now down to Micheal Ferland when it comes to unsigned restricted free agents for the Calgary Flames. GM Brad Treliving kicked it into ludicrous speed over the last week, signing Lance Bouma, Turner Elson, Josh Jooris, and Paul Byron to contracts. Despite being the only man left on Unsigned Island, I think many of us hope the 23-year-old Ferland will continue being an impact maker next season. I think he absolutely can be just that, but he's going to have to answer a few questions first.

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Look at all those forwards

Pat Steinberg
July 20 2015 01:18PM

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The Calgary Flames have a lot of forwards. This isn't a bad thing by any stretch, as options and competition are usually things you want to have. But with competition comes tough decisions, and the Flames are most certainly going to face a number of those between now and the end of training camp. Let's try and break down how those decisions might go. Let's also marvel at my creativity and ingenuity when it comes to the picture I've decided to use for this article.

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UFA Profile: Karri Ramo

Pat Steinberg
June 23 2015 10:17AM

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I think it's safe to say the Calgary Flames don't have a ton of worries or tough decisions to make when it comes to pending unrestricted free agents. That said, the team's decision on the future of goaltender Karri Ramo is the biggest one they'll have to make this summer. Or will the decision be made for them? In Ramo's case, that is a very strong possibility.

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