July 15 2015 11:50PM
The theme of Wednesday was signings, as the Calgary Flames (and Stockton Heat) announced seven signings at various levels of the organization to go along with the previously-announced signing of Oliver Kylington from earlier in the day.
The Flames announced that in addition to the previously reported signings of Bill Arnold and Bryce Van Brabant, they've also come to terms with Drew Shore and Kenny Agostino. All four men have accepted their qualifying offers and have been signed to one-year deals. Today was the deadline for players to accept (or reject) their qualifying offers.
The Heat announced that they have signed goalie Kent Simpson, defender Dustin Stevenson and forward Mitchell Heard to AHL contracts. They join Louick Marcotte as the first four players signed to Calgary's newest AHL squad.
July 15 2015 01:30PM
Next week, the National Hockey League kicks off arguably its most bitter and destructive annual process.
The annual salary arbitration hearings feature restricted free agents trying to get raises - or in rarer cases, teams trying to drag their cap hits down - through a process that puts many things out in the open and potentially damages relationships.
Here's a brief primer on salary arbitration.
July 15 2015 12:02PM
In a move that's been anticipated and discussed for a spell before it was even formally announced, the Calgary Flames have officially signed 2015 second round pick Oliver Kylington to an entry-level deal.
Presumably it's a three year entry-level deal, but what the deal means for Kylington's 2015-16 future is a bit unclear at the moment.
July 15 2015 10:00AM
If it's possible for a player to have a first professional season that's both impressive and disappointing, Ryan Culkin's may be the best example of that.
A native of Montreal, Culkin made his pro debut last season with the Adirondack Flames and slowly but surely became one of the team's best reliable defenders. His offensive production came in fits and starts, but he ended up being one of the team's better positional defenders. His scoring peak came with a seven point performance in the month of December, but you could argue that his plus-7 rating in January was perhaps his most impressive statistical feat.
July 15 2015 09:00AM
In a bit of minor news that was reported last night by our pal Renaud Lavoie over at TVA in Quebec, the Calgary Flames have reportedly tied up a couple of restricted free agents for another season.
#Flames Bill Arnold ($824 000 2 way) and Bryce Van Brabant ($874 000 2 way) signed their QO's.— Renaud Lavoie (@renlavoietva) July 15, 2015