RFA Profiles - Lance Bouma and Paul Byron

Pat Steinberg
June 01 2015 10:05AM

Killer Bee

This summer, all of the high profile Calgary Flames restricted free agents have last names starting with the letter B. As we start our case studies on Calgary's pending free agents, we're going to focus in on two of them. I don't really need to go too in depth into Mikael Backlund's case, because you know I love him and it's also been previously covered. The Flames have two other killer bees who need contracts, though, in Lance Bouma and Paul Byron. As it turns out, both of their negotiations should be extremely interesting.

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Mark Giordano: The New Deal

Pat Steinberg
May 28 2015 03:10PM

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Calgary Flames General Manager Brad Treliving says the team's number one priority this summer is securing a contract extension for captain Mark Giordano. Turning 32 in October, Giordano is Calgary's best player and has entered the very top tier of defencemen in this league. But what truly is fair when it comes to Gio's next contract? While it's not FDR's nation shaping plan during the Great Depression, The New Deal for the captain is as significant a negotiation the Flames have had in quite some time.

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The Right Way and the Wrong Way (For Now)

Pat Steinberg
May 21 2015 11:18AM

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The Calgary Flames need more organizational depth on their blueline. Not only do you and I know that, but so does General Manager Brad Treliving who admitted as such last week in his season ending news conference. This week's signing of Czech product Jakub Nakladal has already started to address the issue in what I believe is the proper way. Wax on: low risk moves that have minimal immediate impact on the salary cap. Wax off: making a big splash in unrestricted free agency come July.

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The Impact of Bob Hartley

Pat Steinberg
May 07 2015 10:24AM

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Photo courtesy @Isuckatpicking on Twitter

Calgary Flames Head Coach Bob Hartley is a finalist for the Jack Adams Trophy and will likely end up being named NHL Coach of the Year. It seems to make sense, right? Hartley was behind the bench as the Flames engineered a 20 point turnaround from last year, jumping from 77 to 97 points. Typically, a resurrection story like Calgary's ends up yielding a coach of the year honour. So how much credit needs to go to Hartley for this year's dream season?

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Mikael Backlund needs a multiyear extension

Pat Steinberg
May 01 2015 12:23PM

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Anyone familiar with my work on this delightful website, or anyone who has the pain tolerance to listen to me on the radio will be familiar with how much I like Mikael Backlund. Is it creepy that I thought about superimposing his face on Hall and mine on Oates? Yeah, probably, but that doesn't change the fact that he's an extremely important member of the Calgary Flames. I think a number of other people are catching onto that in the 2015 postseason, so it's time to revisit his future with the team. Backlund is a restricted free agent come July 1st, and it's more clear than ever that a multiyear extension is the way to go if you're the Flames.

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