July 08 2016 11:00AM
It's been a turbulent couple of weeks for Ryan Huska I would imagine. Most of last year's Stockton Heat, though mediocre, was completely dismantled and will have a lot of new faces next season. Certainly, turnover at the AHL level is hardly news but what was surprising was that some of last year's most consistent performers were allowed to walk, leaving some pretty significant questions heading into next year.
Let's try and imagine what the Heat will look like after the jump!
July 08 2016 08:00AM
That it is but a snapshot of what we hope is to come. You can't make serious impressions or judgements based off of what is essentially a particularly hardcore game of shinny - but you can have a lot of fun with it.
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July 08 2016 05:00AM
Leafs changing course with signings, where do the Canucks go from here, Ken Holland's unfinished business in Detroit, Brouwer expensive for the Flames, all Lucic in Edmonton, the AHL cracks down on fighting, why free agents continue to get overpaid and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.
July 07 2016 02:00PM
The Flames' big get in free agency this summer was Troy Brouwer. Unlike most of Treliving's moves over the last 12 months or so, the addition of Brouwer is somewhat divisive. On one hand, the former Blackhawk seems to fill a primary need on the team: he's big, right handed, a veteran and a consistent 17-20 goal scorer.
On the other hand, Brouwer will be 31 years old when the season starts and his new contract, worth $4.5M per year, will stretch until 2019-20 when he'll turn 35. His deal also comes with a NTC and he's a guy who has never scored more than 43 points in a season, despite skating with some pretty good line mates.
I'll take you through why this is probably a bad bet. And maybe why the Flames took it anyways.
July 07 2016 12:57PM
The Calgary Flames made it official today, announcing the signing of 2016 sixth overall selection Matthew Tkachuk to an entry-level contract. Based on his age and the terms of the CBA, it'll be a three-year entry-level deal (which can slide twice if he doesn't play 10 NHL games in either of the first two seasons).