An Early Development Camp Primer

Ryan Pike
July 03 2015 10:59AM

It's July, which in Calgary means horses, hay bales, cowboy hats...and Calgary Flames development camp. The club is once again holding their annual meet & greet (& skill development week) with their prospects, along with some free agent invitees.

The camp opens on Monday with fitness testing. The team usually releases the full schedule and roster the day before the camp opens, so we'll probably get a bunch more information on Sunday, but here's what we can suss out so far.

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
July 03 2015 06:30AM


We've got you covered with the best articles from the CRAZIEST week in hockey's off-season, check it all out in this week's Roundup.

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Flames Sign Mason McDonald & Hunter Smith To Deals

Ryan Pike
July 02 2015 02:33PM

Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving seemed to really enjoy signing players yesterday, because he's kept at it today. The Flames announced that they've inked goaltender Mason McDonald and right wing Hunter Smith to entry-level contracts. Both were second round selections at the 2014 Draft.

Based on each player's age and the terms of the CBA, the deals are three-year pacts.

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Brad Treliving looked regression in the eye and said, "Not today"

July 02 2015 01:00PM

We heard (and said) it all last season: this can't last. The Flames can't stay in the playoff race, can't make the playoffs, can't do anything meaningful this season. They're going to miss out on a high pick, and they're going to Colorado Avalanche it up: bet on the wrong horses, go all-in on an unsustainable situation, and go back to the bottom of the standings.

There's only one problem: somebody forgot to tell Brad Treliving this.

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5 things: In praise of Brad Treliving's week

Ryan Lambert
July 02 2015 11:00AM

1. The Hamilton trade and contract

The most reasonable reaction to the Dougie-Hamilton-for-three-draft-picks trade was, "I don't believe that."

That was a criminally small price to pay for a guy who everyone — including the team that just jettisoned him — agrees is a young "build your team around this guy" defenseman. That he is now the third such player on the Flames is insane. Calgary went from a top-heavy D corps with a lot of garbage at the bottom to maybe the best in the league, depending upon whether they can re-up David Schlemko (or sign a comparable) to be the No. 5/6 instead of Kris Russell and Deryk Engelland.

Don Sweeney was, we know now, painted into a bit of a corner, but for there to be almost no bidding war was immensely to Brad Treliving's benefit. In much the same way as the predecessor to his predecessor grossly mishandled the Joe Thornton trade, and his predecessor grossly mishandled the Tyler Seguin trade, Sweeney grossly mishandled the Hamilton trade. The good news for Boston is that he didn't go to an Eastern Conference team, but that's about where it ends.

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