May 11 2016 08:45PM
With the Dallas Stars' loss, every single division winner from the 2015-16 regular NHL season has been eliminated before the third round. Also, in a more pressing (and sad) matter, the Flames will not get Dallas' first round pick for Kris Russell.
The final haul for the Russell trade: Jyrki Jokipakka, Brett Pollock, and a second. It's a really respectable deal - honestly, it's probably still better than the Flames should have gotten - but that tease of an extra first rounder really was something while it lasted.
Alas. The Stars, and especially their goaltending, decided not to show up, and the Flames are stuck with their own non-lottery first round pick, plus three second rounders: sixth, 35th, 53rd, and 55th overall*. Devastating.
On the bright side: we thought the Flames' goaltending was bad? Well, it was, but at least Calgary gets a clean slate; Dallas still has Kari Lehtonen and Antti Niemi signed for a combined $10.4 million cap hit for the next two seasons. Yikes.
May 11 2016 04:00PM
The Eastern Conference Final is set, and it'll be Pittsburgh vs. Tampa Bay. With two Game 7s, however, the West is still totally up in the air. Will it be Dallas or St. Louis; San Jose or Nashville?
More importantly: will the Flames have a second first round pick with which to work in this year's draft, or a third second rounder? We'll find out tonight at 6 p.m. MT, when the Stars host the Blues for the right to go to the Western Conference Final. A win, and the Flames' pick for Kris Russell is roughly 25-27 spots earlier than it would be with a loss.
So you could say Flames Nation has an understandable interest in this game. Let's go Stars!
May 11 2016 02:00PM
Sweden was having a difficult time scoring goals. So when they faced Kazakhstan, they scored seven: and it was Mikael Backlund kicking everything off, as Sweden won with a decisive 7-3 victory.
May 11 2016 12:00PM
It's probably safe to say Jyrki Jokipakka wasn't on many people in Calgary's minds back in October. The likelihood of Kris Russell - an upcoming unrestricted free agent - being traded from a rebuilding team was high; but to which team, and what kind of return he would garner? That was unknown.
In exchange for Russell, the Flames got a package consisting of a pick, a prospect, and an NHL-ready defenceman four years younger. His name is Kevin, and hopefully, he finds a new home up here.
May 11 2016 08:00AM
Nothing is official - far from it, in fact - but from the way things are going, it sounds like the next coach of the Calgary Flames might just be somebody with a bit less experience. Not a retread; a rookie.
While we don't really know at this point in time just who is being considered - other than a bunch of people who really love pointing out that Randy Carlyle is being interviewed - it's certainly an angle worth looking at.
After all, Brad Treliving is one of the younger GMs in the NHL, and the Flames are a rebuilding, youthful team: why not go with a younger coach to match?