A tale of two upcoming UFAs: Jiri Hudler vs. David Jones

Ari Yanover
November 12 2015 02:00PM

When it comes to the forward group, the Flames have two veteran upcoming unrestricted free agents: Jiri Hudler and David Jones. Both have cap hits of $4 million, and while Hudler is likely looking at a raise, Jones is probably going to end up with a pay cut.

Of the two, you'd assume Hudler would be more likely to be retained by the Flames. He's the better player, after all; he's on the first line, alongside Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau. He's led the Flames in scoring the past two seasons, and he was pivotal in the push to make the playoffs last season.

Jones, on the other hand, is more of an afterthought. 

Is that still the case, though?

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FGD #17: Flames and Bolts

Taylor McKee
November 12 2015 12:35PM

Okay, you've had time to digest the Kevin Poulin acquisition and I know we are all a little fired up about it. I am too. I think it's definitely safe to say that from here on out, the Flames problems in net are solved and brighter days are ahead. Or perhaps not. Either way, it's gonna be winter soon and death comes to us all!

On a terrifying note, the Flames better bring their A+ game tonight because, despite their mediocre record to start, the Lightning are very dangerous team. I think we can all agree if the Flames play like they did against Florida, this one might get ugly.

There were some changes from that game against the panthers, let's check it out after the jump!

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Flames acquire Kevin Poulin for future considerations

Ari Yanover
November 12 2015 10:15AM

The goaltending picture hasn't gotten any clearer.

Now added to the Calgary Flames' cast of netminders is Kevin Poulin. Poulion, previously with Tampa Bay Lightning organization (though he never played a game for them), was acquired for future considerations.

He's been assigned to the Stockton Heat, so no need to get too excited quite yet.

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Just Call Deryk Engelland "The Fixer"

Ryan Pike
November 12 2015 08:00AM

We've written quite a bit about Deryk Engelland on this site since he signed a contract with the Calgary Flames two summers ago. Admittedly - and somewhat predictably, given his role and hefty cap hit - the majority of what we've written about Engelland hasn't been overly complementary.

Yet despite his relatively high age (he's 33, turning 34 in April) and high cap hit ($2.917 million) for his role as a third pairing, limited-minutes defender, Engelland has quietly been arguably Calgary's most consistent defender this season. It's this consistency, perhaps, that has led to his specific utilization by Flames coach Bob Hartley: when players have struggled, Hartley has put them with Engelland for a few things to settle down.

We come not to bury Engelland, but to praise him.

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Cap and Waiver Concerns Loom If Flames Ever Get Healthy

Ryan Pike
November 11 2015 02:00PM

The Calgary Flames got marginally healthier this week, welcoming back Micheal Ferland to the active NHL roster. But this is probably the last of the "easy" injury activiations, as the eventual return of Jonas Hiller from the injured reserve will likely create some ripples and the resultant lack of cap space will probably cause more than a few grey hairs for Flames General Manager Brad Treliving.

Here's how the organizational roster situation looks as of this morning.

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