July 06 2016 08:00AM
The world's changed quite a bit since the 2012 NHL Draft.
Oil prices crashed. Justin Trudeau became Prime Minister of Canada. The United Kingdom "brexited," whatever that means. The Flames drafted Sean Monahan and Sam Bennett in the first round, and both made the jump directly to the NHL. Meanwhile, 2012 first round selection Mark Jankowski was plying his trade in the NCAA with the Providence College Friars, biding his time.
Four years and a national championship later, Jankowski has an entry-level NHL contract and will finally be making the jump to professional hockey – following in the footsteps of a dozen players drafted after he was.
July 05 2016 05:00PM
Calgary Flames development camp is in full swing down at the spacious Winsport complex at Canada Olympic Park, and the announcement of Linden Vey's signing by the Flames prompted a brief media availability with General Manager Brad Treliving.
As usual, Treliving didn't exactly gush about things he has on the horizon, but he shared his thoughts on the addition of Vey to the organization as well as the club's depth at the American Hockey League level and a potential entry-level deal for 2016 first round selection Matthew Tkachuk.
July 05 2016 03:35PM
Amid the excitement that accompanies every free agency period in the NHL there still remains the lone coaching vacancy behind the bench beside new Flames coach Glen Gulutzan. The role once held by Jacques Cloutier under Bob Hartley's tenure has been a quiet topic, with little discussion of who would be a candidate for the role.
It's no surprise that with the message conveyed from the top down - from Treliving's lips to Gulutzan's - that the emphasis is on improving the power play, as well as overarching systems. And with that, these attributes should be a priority over anything else, really.
July 05 2016 01:05PM
Just because it's the summer doesn't mean the Flames are taking time off. Not the front office, that's for sure - as they're reportedly signed Linden Vey.
Can confirm that the #Flames have signed Linden Vey. One year, two way deal.— Dean Molberg (@fan960boomer) July 5, 2016
He's coming off of a one-year, one-way deal worth $1 million. We'll update this space as soon as we know what his new cap hit is. [UPDATE: According to General Fanager, Vey's contract carries a cap hit of $700k at the NHL level.]
Vey was originally drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in the fourth round in the 2009 NHL Draft. After a couple of years in the Kings' minors, plus 18 games of NHL debut, the Canucks traded a 2014 second round pick for him.
Since joining Vancouver, Vey has mostly played in the NHL, although did spend 26 games in the AHL this past season. He scored four goals and 15 points through 41 games with the Canucks in 2015-16, but was not qualified, making him an unrestricted free agent.
Calgary could be the fresh start Vey needs. The 6'0, 200 lb. right-shot turns 25 on July 17, so he's still young - and considering the awful off-ice issues surrounding his life the past few years, he may not even have had the chance to show his true talent.
July 05 2016 08:00AM
As happens sometimes, a comment from Brad Treliving's media availability made me think over the weekend. When talking about goaltending, Treliving had this gem of a comment on Friday:
Building a team isn't just the 23 you see here, it's building your reserve list. Eighteen months ago when I came in here, I believe that you built your teams on the blueline and in goal and from there and up center ice, so when you look at where our defense reserve list was 18 months ago to where it is today, where our goaltender reserve list was 18 months ago from today, we drafted and will continue to draft a bunch of centers every year, that's the strength of where teams are built. So it's not by accident we've added some bodies, now it's up to those guys to continue to develop and strengthen. But I think we've got some guys that have a real chance.
That begs the question somewhat: how has the Flames' reserve list - the players under contract and their unsigned draft picks - been altered since Treliving arrived in late April 2015?
(For clarification's sake: the focus here is on "net" migration in and out of the Flames system. Jonas Hiller was brought in and then left, canceling him out, and others in similar situations are also not listed.)