The Calgary Flames and the flat salary cap

Ari Yanover
May 31 2016 02:00PM

Ah, the salary cap: a tool used in order to have greater parity throughout the league, even as it annoys both richer teams and teams who make stupid decisions with their money alike. You wanna sign Bryan Bickell to a four-year, $16 million deal? David Clarkson to a seven-year, almost-$40 million one? You do you, but it's either going to bite you, or you're going to have to find a way out of it.

The Leafs found a way out of their obligation; the Blackhawks, meanwhile, are a bit more on the screwed side. And there's even more bad news coming up for teams in harrowing cap situations.

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FlamesNation Player Evaluations: Ryan Culkin

Ari Yanover
May 31 2016 12:00PM

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Ryan Culkin's professional career probably isn't going quite the way he'd have imagined it. At least, especially not after what had been a pretty good rookie season, only to find himself derailed by two injuries - and spending significant time in the ECHL this past season.

It's almost as though he's flipped places with fellow 2012 draftee Brett Kulak, except Kulak has actual NHL games under his belt, whereas Culkin still needs to work towards that.

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RFA Profile: Josh Jooris

Pat Steinberg
May 31 2016 10:00AM

For a second straight summer, the Calgary Flames have a relatively easy decision on their hands when it comes to Josh Jooris. Since debuting with the Flames in October of 2014, Jooris has given the team solid value in his two NHL seasons to date. I don't think there should be much debate as to Jooris's immediate future with Calgary, but perhaps you disagree.

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Flames Darkhorse Targets 2016: Vitalii Abramov

Ari Yanover
May 31 2016 08:00AM

Players expected to go in the first round of the draft sometimes fall, for whatever reason. We know size can be a factor in a prospect going later than he perhaps should have; xenophobia can be another reason, too.

Vitalii Abramov is expected to be taken in the late first round of the draft. But he's also a 5'9, 170 lb. Russian right winger, so who knows if that's where he ends up going?

He's young, though, having only just turned 18 on May 5. He also put up 38 goals and 93 points over 63 games, leading the Gatineau Olympiques (which should help offset some of the xenophobia) in scoring by a margin of 20 points. He was the highest-scoring rookie in the QMJHL, and fifth in overall league scoring - behind three 20-year-olds and Pierre-Luc Dubois. So, if he falls to the 35th pick...

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FlamesNation Player Evaluations: Brett Pollock

Ari Yanover
May 30 2016 12:00PM

The Dallas Stars selected Brett Pollock with the 45th selection of the 2014 NHL Draft: 11 picks after Mason McDonald, and nine picks before Hunter Smith. At the time, the 6'3, 197 lb. prospect was coming off of a Memorial Cup victory; he was seventh in Edmonton Oil Kings scoring then.

He remained in Dallas' system for about a year and a half before he, alongside Jyrki Jokipakka and a second round pick, were traded to Calgary. Now the Sherwood Park native has a new favourite team - and his first professional season is coming up.

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