The entry level slide and how it applies to the Flames

Pat Steinberg
September 28 2015 02:33PM


One of the most confusing, but relevant, parts of the NHL's Collective Bargaining Agreement relates to entry level contracts and how they're allowed to "slide". Now, deciphering the NHL's Collective Bargaining Agreement is one of life's most painful, tedious, and unpleasant things. But knowing the contract and cap situation of the Calgary Flames, I thought it might be relevant to look at the different scenarios when an ELC can be pushed for another year. I'll try my best to do it in terms that won't make your head explode.

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Stockton Heat Open Inaugural Training Camp

Ryan Pike
September 28 2015 01:15PM

After the big round of cuts up at the National Hockey League camp, the Calgary Flames' brand-new American League affiliate the Stockton Heat open their first-ever training camp today. And they've helpfully passed along their camp roster!

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The Flames Should Keep Hiller

Kent Wilson
September 28 2015 12:00PM

I've made this point numerous times since rumours emerged that the Flames were shopping Jonas Hiller - he's the best goalie in the organization right now. I don't mean in terms of overall value (clearly Ortio and Gillies have higher ceilings). I just mean in terms of a guy who has proven he can stop the puck at the NHL level. Ramo is a clear step below. The kids are unknown commodities.

If the Flames want to make the post-season again this year, getting rid of Hiller is a big gamble. Here's the proof. 

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5 Training Camp Battles That Will Affect The Stockton Heat

Mike Cadarette
September 28 2015 09:00AM

Let’s face it, training camp battles are awesome. Whether they’re direct battles in scrimmages or indirect battles for a spot on the opening day roster, it doesn’t matter. Training camp battles are fun because you don’t know how they’re going to play out.

This got me thinking about how September will impact the Stockton Heat in terms of jockeying for everything from the ‘first call-up’ title and injury replacement to which line they’ll start on and simply trying to earn minutes.

Here are five interesting training camp battles to keep an eye until the Heat’s season opener on October 10.

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The Axe Falls: Flames Cut 15 Players

Ryan Pike
September 27 2015 03:36PM

Brad Treliving and Bob Hartley swung the axe on Sunday following a stretch of three games in three nights, assigning 15 players to various affiliates.

Heading to the AHL's Stockton Heat are goalie Jon Gillies, defensemen Ryan Culkin, Keegan Kanzig, Oliver Kylington, Kenney Morrison and Pat Sieloff, and forwards Kenny Agostino, Bill Arnold, Morgan Klimchuk, Emile Poirier, Blair Riley, Bryce van Brabant, Derek Grant and Turner Elson (the last two pending waivers). Rasmus Andersson has also been sent back to the OHL's Barrie Colts.

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