FN Mailbag - July 5, 2015 (Part 1)

Kent Wilson
July 06 2015 11:00AM


It's been quite a year in Calgary. 

The Flames shocked the hockey world by making the playoffs on the backs of a cadre of young players, then they upped the ante by winning a round. Then the org's GM consummates possibly the biggest impact trade since Sutter swapped a 2nd for Kiprusoff and caps it all off by snagging the biggest forward UFA target on the team's list. 

Which is to say, we have a lot to talk about. In fact there's so much that I have split the mailbag into two posts. In Part 1, we talk about the Flames various roster logjams and what we can expect out of Michael Frolik.

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Update: Bouma, Jooris, Byron File For Salary Arbitration

Ryan Pike
July 05 2015 02:40PM

It's been a quiet few days for the Calgary Flames, but there could be some minor news brewing later today.

The deadline for players to file for salary arbitration is today at 3pm MT. Per the CBA and their levels of experience, five Flames restricted free agents are eligible to file: Josh Jooris, Drew Shore, David Wolf, Lance Bouma and Paul Byron.

UPDATE: per NHLPA, Bouma, Byron and Jooris have filed for arbitration.

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2015 Development Camp Preview

Ryan Pike
July 05 2015 11:33AM

Hockey fans, your first chance to set eyes on the Calgary Flames prospects in 2015 is almost upon you!

The 2015 edition of Flames development camp kicks off Monday with fitness testing and Tuesday on the ice. Here's a rundown of what's happening when, who is here, and who isn't.

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Should the Flames Try to Sign Cody Franson?

Kent Wilson
July 04 2015 04:57PM

The frenzy is over and there is still one big name UFA standing: Cody Franson. 

In my lead up to July 1, I named Franson as one of the Flames top targets in addition to Michael Frolik and Justin Williams. And even though Calgary's roster is crowded and their cap situation complicated, I still consider Franson a player on interest for the Flames.

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Lance Bouma is Brad Treliving's next test

July 04 2015 01:00PM

Brad Treliving has only been an NHL general manager for a little over a year, but it's been a hell of a year. Misappropriated cap space aside, his early blunders can be forgiven; especially after the off-season he's just had. 

Without giving up any meaningful assets, Treliving has upgraded the Flames' top four defence and top six forward group for years to come. He has altered the course of this franchise, and seriously sped up the rebuild. 

Before that, he passed an earlier test by re-signing Mikael Backlund. This was an obvious one because of Backlund's RFA status, but at the same time, it's easy to lose those kinds of guys for nothing. Instead, following the end of the season, Treliving identified Backlund as a core player, and made sure to hold on to him.

That brings us to his next test: another RFA, one Lance Bouma.

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