June 23 2015 10:17AM
I think it's safe to say the Calgary Flames don't have a ton of worries or tough decisions to make when it comes to pending unrestricted free agents. That said, the team's decision on the future of goaltender Karri Ramo is the biggest one they'll have to make this summer. Or will the decision be made for them? In Ramo's case, that is a very strong possibility.
June 23 2015 09:00AM
And now, for the most enigmatic of the Scout Series articles - Russia. Some say this article is afflicted with the 'Russian factor'. For all we know, it might jet over to KHL.ru at any time for the tax-free views.
But until then, Future Considerations and RSport scout and writer Roman Solovyov was kind enough to join us and chat Russian prospect for the 2015 NHL Draft.
June 22 2015 03:00PM
Calgary Flames have a few options open to them this summer. They need defensemen and some high-end depth at the wing. They have a surplus of cap space and a wealth of middling prospects as well as three 2nd round picks and two 3rd round picks this June and a full round of picks next June.
Off the top of my head here are five things (with apologies to Ryan Lambert) the Flames could try this summer.
- The Flames could trade for Alexander Semin (and the 5th overall pick).
- The Flames could submit an offer sheet on Brandon
- The Flames could trade for Patrick Sharp.
- The Flames could submit an offer sheet on Dougie Hamilton
- The Flames could trade for Zdeno Chara.
June 22 2015 01:17PM
A new name has been added to the rumour mills recently. The New York Islanders RW Kyle Okposo. If true, the Flames should be calling Garth Snow.
June 22 2015 01:00PM
The Calgary Flames developed a reputation for really mediocre drafting and player development decisions, and the majority of that reputation was cemented in the early part of the 2000s under general manager Darryl Sutter. The Craig Button era ended with Eric Nystrom's selection, then the Sutter era began with Dion Phaneuf. And then the bottom completely fell out, in the sense the team drafted a series of guys that never really made a mark at the NHL level, and who washed out of the organization for various reasons.
I mean, heck, the 2004-06 first rounders combined for 20 games in a Flames uniform. When Eric Nystrom, hardly a world-beater, has played ten times as many games as three of your first round picks combined, something has gone terribly, terribly wrong. Some of that was bad luck, for sure, but some of that was also just terrible, terrible drafting.
Welcome to the worst stretch of drafting and asset management in franchise history.