Can They Do It? Will They Do It?

Pat Steinberg
June 24 2010 07:34PM


Man standing below question mark


The Calgary Flames don't have the greatest prospects here in Los Angeles ahead of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.  With no first or second round pick, many of the top players will have passed the team by before they draft for the first time in the third round.  So will the Calgary Flames make a move to get themselves into the top 60 picks?  Or the better question is, CAN the Flames get themselves into the top 60 picks?

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Darryl Talks

Pat Steinberg
June 24 2010 05:10PM

MONTREAL, QC - JUNE 27: Darryl Sutter of the Calgary Flames speaks with the media  during the 2009 NHL Entry Draft at the Bell Centre on June 27, 2009 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Darryl Sutter isn't talking a lot down in Los Angeles, but I did get a few interesting tidbits out of his conversation with The FAN 960 that will run later today. The Flames don’t have a first round draft pick; in fact, they don't have a second round draft pick, so just what do we expect from them down here?

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UFA Profiles - Mayers and McGrattan

Pat Steinberg
June 21 2010 08:46PM

TORONTO, ON - NOVEMBER 14:  Brian McGratton #10 of the Calgary Flames takes a big punch off the nose from Colton Orr #28 of the Toronto Maple Leafs on November 14, 2009 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)


As the draft approaches on Friday, I figured it'd be good to get the final two pending Flames UFA's out of the way.  So far, we've covered Conroy, Higgins and Nystrom, with debate going both ways on each guy.  I think the final two will have much less debate surrounding them, as we move to Jamal Mayers and Brian McGrattan.

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UFA Profiles - Eric Nystrom

Pat Steinberg
June 17 2010 09:10AM

UNIONDALE, NY - MARCH 25: Forward Eric Nystrom #23 of the Calgary Flames concentrates on the puck during a face off against the New York Islanders during an NHL game at the Nassau Coliseum on March 25, 2010 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

It's come up in both our previous articles on pending Calgary Flames UFA players (done so far: Craig Conroy and Chris Higgins), so I figure he's probably the next logical guy to profile. For the first time in his career, Flames first rounder Eric Nystrom enters free agency, and his return to Calgary is not necessarily guaranteed.

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UFA Profiles - Chris Higgins

Pat Steinberg
June 14 2010 06:36PM

NEW YORK - OCTOBER 14: Chris Higgins #21 of the New York Rangers collides with goaltender Henrik Lundqvist #30 during their game against the Los Angeles Kings at Madison Square Garden on October 14, 2009 in New York, New York. The Rangers defeated the Kings 4-2.(Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)


Pretty much the only way Higgins could score last year


 Forward Chris Higgins is next up on our profiles of potential unrestricted free agents for the Calgary Flames.  He played just 12 games with the Flames, after being acquired from the New York Rangers on February 1st along with Ales Kotalik.  His stint with Calgary was cut even shorter, thanks to a foot injury that sidelined him the final 14 games of the regular season.

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