5 things: College prospect update

Ryan Lambert
November 21 2015 10:13AM

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1. Methodology

It's time for the first Flames college prospect check-in of the year, and I mostly have good news to report. It's so far, so good for just about everyone. The reasons why, so far, have been obvious. Points all around for Mark Jankowski, Brandon Hickey, and John Gilmour, which is pretty nice because, well, two of them are defensemen.

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5 things: Is the Pacific worse than we thought?

Ryan Lambert
October 23 2015 02:46PM

The Pacific Division looks absolutely awful two and a half weeks into the season. Is this just a small sample size thing, or are these teams actually this bad? 

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5 Things: Don't give in

Ryan Lambert
August 20 2015 09:00AM

1) You want how much?

So CalgaryNEXT (or whatever they're going to end up calling it) was unveiled yesterday with a handy pie chart of the costs and how the tab would be picked up.

In the end, the Flames seem to commit $200 million to the project, which conveniently includes a new rink and stadium for their various sports properties, out of a total $890 million cost. That's less than 22.5 percent of the bill, and it's a bilious initial proposal. A lot of transparent talk immediately followed from media cronies — Calgary's answer to David Staples and his laughable 18-month campaign to get the city of Edmonton to pass the cost of Darryl Katz's new rink onto the taxpayers — who said things like "this is about More Than Just The Flames" and "what is the city of Calgary without an NHL team?

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5 things: In praise of Brad Treliving's week

Ryan Lambert
July 02 2015 11:00AM

1. The Hamilton trade and contract

The most reasonable reaction to the Dougie-Hamilton-for-three-draft-picks trade was, "I don't believe that."

That was a criminally small price to pay for a guy who everyone — including the team that just jettisoned him — agrees is a young "build your team around this guy" defenseman. That he is now the third such player on the Flames is insane. Calgary went from a top-heavy D corps with a lot of garbage at the bottom to maybe the best in the league, depending upon whether they can re-up David Schlemko (or sign a comparable) to be the No. 5/6 instead of Kris Russell and Deryk Engelland.

Don Sweeney was, we know now, painted into a bit of a corner, but for there to be almost no bidding war was immensely to Brad Treliving's benefit. In much the same way as the predecessor to his predecessor grossly mishandled the Joe Thornton trade, and his predecessor grossly mishandled the Tyler Seguin trade, Sweeney grossly mishandled the Hamilton trade. The good news for Boston is that he didn't go to an Eastern Conference team, but that's about where it ends.

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Revisiting The Value Of Dougie Hamilton

Ryan Lambert
June 26 2015 10:20PM

EDITOR'S NOTE: A couple weeks back, your pal Ryan Lambert wrote this for OilersNation regarding the whole cap situation Boston got itself into, Dougie Hamilton, and a potential for the Oilers to help Boston out. In the wake of today's events, it'll probably be either incredibly insightful or incredibly tragic in retrospect - depending on whether you're living in Calgary or Edmonton. Enjoy!

For what seems like the millionth summer in a row — but I'm sure it's more like the seventh or eighth, which is still an eternity in the NHL — the Boston Bruins are facing a cap crunch. We don't yet know what the league's ceiling is going to come to, but a reasonable assumption is that it's going to go up about $1-2 million at most. Let's be generous and say it hits $71 million, which is the outside estimate Gary Bettman keeps giving.

Read on past the jump and I'll break down what the issue is, and how the Bruins can deal with it.

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