May 12 2016 12:00PM
Douglas Jonathan "Dougie" Hamilton came to the Calgary Flames in a dramatic manner, moving from the Boston Bruins to the Flames for three draft picks the afternoon prior to the 2015 NHL Draft in Florida. National media waggled their tongues, simultaneously wondering why a 22-year-old would want out of Boston while salivating at the possibilities of Calgary's impressive blueline bunch.
Unfortunately, the bar was perhaps set too high initially for Hamilton. Was his play to the standard of a top-four blueliner making $5.75 million per season? Eventually, yes. But Hamilton's season trajectory was basically a microcosm of the entire club's: they were lost without T.J. Brodie acting as a safety net in October and once they got their wits about them by about mid-to-late November, they were too far out for it to make much of a difference.
May 12 2016 10:00AM
When he was drafted in 2013, Sean Monahan was the Flames' highest pick since the team selected Rico Fata at sixth overall in 1998. He was also symbolic of the organization's fresh commitment to the post-Iginla rebuild.
There was also little doubt that Monahan would be picked by the Flames at the time. The club searched in vain for a prototypical top-line centre for nearly Iginla's entire tenure in Calgary (Olli Jokinen doesn't count), so it was a no-brainer when the 6'3, 200 pound pivot fell to them at sixth.
May 12 2016 08:00AM
A slight development in the Calgary Flames coaching search emerged yesterday, as Minnesota Wild beat reporter extraordinaire Mike Russo revealed a bit of info via a tweet:
Yeo was under contract with the Wild for another season but was relieved of his coaching duties in February during the seemingly annual Minnesota mid-season lull. Interim coach John Torchetti came in and managed to turn things around.
One of the youngest head coaches in the league when he initially took the helm of the Wild to begin the 2011-12 season, Yeo has five years (and three playoff seasons) under his belt as a head coach along with a good resume as an AHL head coach and an assistant coach in Pittsburgh, where he won a Stanley Cup.
Could he be a fit as Calgary's next head coach?
May 11 2016 08:45PM
With the Dallas Stars' loss, every single division winner from the 2015-16 regular NHL season has been eliminated before the third round. Also, in a more pressing (and sad) matter, the Flames will not get Dallas' first round pick for Kris Russell.
The final haul for the Russell trade: Jyrki Jokipakka, Brett Pollock, and a second. It's a really respectable deal - honestly, it's probably still better than the Flames should have gotten - but that tease of an extra first rounder really was something while it lasted.
Alas. The Stars, and especially their goaltending, decided not to show up, and the Flames are stuck with their own non-lottery first round pick, plus three second rounders: sixth, 35th, 53rd, and 55th overall*. Devastating.
On the bright side: we thought the Flames' goaltending was bad? Well, it was, but at least Calgary gets a clean slate; Dallas still has Kari Lehtonen and Antti Niemi signed for a combined $10.4 million cap hit for the next two seasons. Yikes.
May 11 2016 04:00PM
The Eastern Conference Final is set, and it'll be Pittsburgh vs. Tampa Bay. With two Game 7s, however, the West is still totally up in the air. Will it be Dallas or St. Louis; San Jose or Nashville?
More importantly: will the Flames have a second first round pick with which to work in this year's draft, or a third second rounder? We'll find out tonight at 6 p.m. MT, when the Stars host the Blues for the right to go to the Western Conference Final. A win, and the Flames' pick for Kris Russell is roughly 25-27 spots earlier than it would be with a loss.
So you could say Flames Nation has an understandable interest in this game. Let's go Stars!