July 01 2016 10:45AM
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The Calgary Flames continue to revamp their goaltending. Per multiple Twitter reports, the club has signed veteran back-up Chad Johnson to a one-year deal worth $1.7 million.
Chad Johnson to CAL. One year deal— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) July 1, 2016
Chad Johnson to CGY on one year deal.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) July 1, 2016
Johnson signed for $1.7 in CAL for the season.— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) July 1, 2016
July 01 2016 10:38AM
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The Flames have jumped into the free agent frenzy, signing Troy Brouwer to a four-year deal worth $18 million.
Brouwer will be 31 years old to start next season, so he'll be 35 by the time his deal ends. He's a 6'3, 213 lb. right winger, filling the Flames' need for both size and, well, right wingers. He's been healthy throughout his career, having played full 82 game seasons five of the last six seasons; his career low is 69. Last season, he scored 18 goals and 39 points.
But that $4.5 million cap hit... how does that fit in?
As of now, Brouwer is the Flames' highest-paid forward.
July 01 2016 10:00AM
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July 1 is a fun time to be a hockey fan. For one thing, a lot of hockey fans are Canadians. Happy Canada Day, Flames Nation! Here's to pancakes and beer and moose and whatever else that's quintessentially Canada you want to celebrate. (Also, Calgary Stampeders home opener tonight!)
But one of the best parts about it? It's the official start of the new season in the NHL. The 2015-16 season is dead, and the 2016-17 has come to take its place. Up first: starting right now, as of 10 a.m. MT, all unrestricted free agents are available to be signed by anyone.
Steven Stamkos contributed to the insanity that was June 29 by deciding to stay put, so Stammergeddon went out with a whimper. And the Flames don't have a ton of cap space with which to work - not once they re-sign Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau, which will be any day now, maybe - so we likely won't get to partake in too much emotional investment while big names choose their new destinations.
But it's still a fun day to sit down, relax, and watch some TSN or some baseball. Let's hang out here while we do so.
July 01 2016 09:37AM
The Calgary Flames are an up-and-coming team with a young locker room. They have very few established National Hockey League players that can play the right side, aside from maybe Michael Frolik.
So it makes a lot of sense that the Flames have been connected to veteran right-winger Troy Brouwer over the last while.
Troy Brouwer building a house in CGY. Brouwer's Dad lives in CGY. I really think Brouwer and #Flames hook up. We will see.— Roger Millions (@RogMillions) July 1, 2016
Like @DarrenDreger said, mix'n'match SPECULATION looks like this: Eriksson (VAN), Ladd (NYI), Nielsen (DET), Lucic (EDM), Brouwer (CGY).— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) July 1, 2016
July 01 2016 08:00AM
The madness started early this week with the Subban and Hall trades, kicking off what will very likely be a fairly mild free agent frenzy by comparison. With Stamkos staying in Tampa Bay, there aren't very many marquee names in the UFA pool. When Jason Demers is being talked about as the best defender available, you know things probably aren't going to be that interesting. Absent a few more nutty trades, that is.
Most of the Flames' work lies in the in the RFA realm. The team's cap situation will be unclear until both Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan are signed, meaning they are somewhat handicapped when it comes to wooing UFAs. The club also has to make decisions on guys like Joe Colborne, Jakub Nakladal, Joni Ortio and Josh Jooris, who will available to the highest bidder starting tomorrow.
As of this writing, Calgary also has a big need for RW depth. If Colborne leaves, the club's depth down the right side is Frolik, Chiasson and Pribyl. So even if the club retains Colborne, they will be in the market for an upgrade there.
In this edition of the mailbag, we talk about Troy Brouwer, the kids' payday, Kevin Hayes, potential backups and more.