Evaluating the new guys

Pat Steinberg
April 25 2016 10:00AM

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With great fanfare, the Calgary Flames added a pair of new players to the roster in the span of about a week last summer. While Dougie Hamilton and Michael Frolik led the way among new faces for the Flames, they weren't the only ones to spend their first seasons with the organization in 2015-16. 

With so many negatives this past season, let's focus on some of Calgary's bright spots. All three new acquisitions we'll touch on here qualify as positive stories for me.

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What are realistic expectations for Daniel Pribyl?

Pat Steinberg
April 22 2016 10:00AM

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With Calgary's soon to be confirmed signing of Czech product Daniel Pribyl, many of us have become very curious about the 23-year-old winger. Just what are the Flames getting in the former sixth round pick of the Habs? At this point, no one knows for sure how Pribyl might translate to the NHL, but we do have some recent examples to compare him to. As I see it, this could go one of three ways.

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Who might be on the move this summer?

Pat Steinberg
March 29 2016 10:00AM

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Most of us are aware of the salary cap situation the Calgary Flames are going to find themselves in this summer. With contract extensions pending for leading scorers Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan, the Flames are very quickly going to find themselves in a cap crunch with difficult decisions to make. As such, Calgary is going to be looking for contracts to move this summer to give them more flexibility for next season and beyond. I've got a few ideal candidates that fit the bill after the jump.

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Who else deserves a recall?

Pat Steinberg
March 27 2016 11:00AM

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With the season winding down and the Calgary Flames officially eliminated from playoff contention, the focus for most has shifted to next year. Part of that focus includes evaluating players who could be in the fold to start next season by giving them an opportunity at the NHL level down the stretch. For instance, Garnet Hathaway has been a nice story since his recall at the end of February. I've got three more players I'd like to see given a chance prior to the end of the season.

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Let's give Joe Colborne some credit

Pat Steinberg
March 23 2016 10:00AM

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Joe Colborne is from Calgary and is 6'5. For the longest time, those two facts were the main selling points for Colborne in a Calgary Flames jersey; his newly glossed moniker "Big and Local" doesn't come from nothing, after all. This season has been different, though. More than ever before, Colborne is making his hockey do the positive talking for him and not his birthplace or height. If you're not ready to believe that, I'll try my best to convince you.

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