Mikael Backlund could've salvaged Mason Raymond

christian tiberi
June 29 2016 12:00PM

This article was originally titled "Can the Flames salvage Mason Raymond?" The picture was funny to me so I'm sticking with it.

So we've pretty much heard the last of Mason Raymond. The disappointing winger failed to return to his Canucks glory days, or even continue the good form he had in Toronto. It was a smart move at the time that failed to pan out. That happens in hockey.

What's glossed over is that Raymond was still useful, and was a member of one of the better lines the Flames had this past season. This article was written prior to the buyout news, arguing for Raymond to join up with Mikael Backlund and Michael Frolik to form a formidable middle six line.

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Mason Raymond on waivers, to be bought out

Ari Yanover
June 29 2016 10:15AM

Mason Raymond's time in Calgary appears to be officially over. Well, it effectively has been since Feb. 3, when he was waived for the second time in the 2015-16 season and subsequently sent down to the Stockton Heat - but now, it's over.

This marks the third time in one calendar year Raymond has been on waivers. It's over.

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Cheap defence UFA options for the Flames

Ari Yanover
June 29 2016 08:00AM

The Flames look pretty full up on defence. In addition to the top three of Mark Giordano, T.J. Brodie, and Dougie Hamilton, there are also the expensive contracts of Dennis Wideman, Ladislav Smid, and Deryk Engelland. Throw in Jyrki Jokipakka, and that's seven guys already.

But that's not all. There's interest in bringing back Jakub Nakladal, so the Flames would have to make room for him. They also just qualified RFA Tyler Wotherspoon, who looks about ready to try out for regular NHL duty. That's nine guys in all, and not all of them can make it.

So exploring UFA defencemen probably isn't on the Flames' list of priorities. Then again, who really knows what's going on behind the scenes? To that end, let's take a quick look at some defencemen who could be bargain finds come free agency: because maybe, a spot actually will end up opening up.

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Former Flame Sergei Makarov is headed to the Hall of Fame

Ryan Pike
June 28 2016 05:30PM

The Monday after the draft came and seemingly like clockwork, there's another former Calgary Flame heading to the Hockey Hall of Fame. Former Flames winger Sergei Makarov was announced on Monday afternoon as one of four inductees in the Class of 2016. He'll be formally inducted in November.

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Can the Flames re-sign Joe Colborne?

Ari Yanover
June 28 2016 03:00PM

Joe Colborne is set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. The Flames didn't qualify him, relinquishing their exclusive rights over him - but by doing so, they denied his ability to elect for arbitration and, potentially, bind the Flames into an expensive contract.

Colborne had a career season. He scored 19 goals and 44 points, all at a bargain $1.275 cap hit. He's earned every right to want higher salary, and try to negotiate for it.

But even if you ignore the possibility that this was a fluke season of Colborne's, the Flames may not be able to bring him back at his desired price, because they're facing a cap crunch - one that Colborne may not be able to fit into at all.

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