June 27 2016 08:00AM
Brad Treliving took over the Flames just before the 2014 entry draft. The team's work that June didn't really inspire confidence: they took Hunter Smith way too early, traded a third rounder for Brandon Bollig and took a goalie in the second round. It was an inauspicious start to his tenure in Calgary.
Things have improved substantially since that first draft, however. Last year Treliving moved a collection of picks for Dougie Hamilton and then grabbed three extremely high value prospects in Rasmus Andersson, Oliver Kylington and Andrew Mangiapane later on in the draft. It's entirely possible more than half of the Flames 2015 draft class will play in the NHL at some point, which is incredible work for a club whose highest pick was #53.
This draft was similarly impressive. Treliving sidestepped a number of landmines in the goalie market, picked up another bluechip prospect and grabbed a bunch of good bets later on.
June 26 2016 03:13PM
The Calgary Flames got a lot accomplished in Buffalo this weekend. On top of significantly addressing their goaltending issues at an affordable price, the Flames selected nine players at the 2016 NHL Draft. It was a busy weekend that taught us a lot about Calgary’s group, specifically for next season. Let’s take a look at the most important lessons we learned over the last few days.
June 26 2016 12:00PM
It's really easy to get overemotional about your favourite sports teams. In all likelihood, things are never as wonderful or as terrible as they seem, but you get caught up in it anyway. A big win, playoffs clinched, a disastrous trade - all have their effects on us.
So the draft weekend is no exception. It's a huge weekend for the NHL, with all 30 teams gathered together. Deals are always made, and that's to say nothing of the future of the league being divvied up then and there.
So you'll forgive me if I get a little over excited after such a weekend - but I look at what the Flames did and can't help but think, oh, wow. They're really on to something here. They're really looking rather good.
June 26 2016 10:00AM
After all the razzle and dazzle of the annual NHL Draft, it's now time for all the excitement of procedural restricted free agent qualifying as teams begin to figure out their contractual and cap hit situations as they approach free agency on July 1.
All potential Group 2 (restricted) free agents – players whose contracts have expired but aren't 27 yet, basically – have to receiving a qualify offer by their NHL club by 3 p.m. MT on Monday for their rights to be maintained.
June 26 2016 08:00AM
The draft has come and gone. While plenty of new faces have been added to the organization, and plenty more could still come yet, some could be on their way out. Meanwhile, others must be retained.
The Flames have just three unrestricted free agents this year, however; and with them, just three players they may be saying goodbye to. They also have 13 restricted free agents: players they need to decide whether to keep in the fold, or to let go.
The Flames' situation has changed just slightly over the draft weekend, but it was a huge change. They acquired their starting goaltender, and he carries just a $2.5 million cap hit.
Now, the Flames need six forwards and one goalie: and they have a little over $21 million to get them.