July 10 2014 01:30PM
The Battle of Alberta has a long history of dragging young players across the proverbial battle lines. Jarome Iginla, Dion Phaneuf and Jay Bouwmeester are just a few of the Edmonton-area hockey players that were thrust into the Calgary Flames organization.
In the third round of the 2014 NHL Draft, blueliner Brandon Hickey became another part of that tradition.
I chatted with Hickey at the recent Calgary Flames prospect development camp at Winsport.
July 10 2014 09:11AM
1. That's your team
Head on over to Capgeek. Click on the Flames page. Look at what you see there.
You see that the Flames have 11 NHL forwards under contract, and two more RFAs to re-sign. They also have six defensemen. And two goalies. That's 21 players, and doesn't include guys who will at the very least get their tires kicked at one point in the year or another (like Tyler Wotherspoon, Sven Baertschi, Corban Knight, and maybe a few others). Looks to me like this roster is finalized.
July 09 2014 11:30AM
It only took three signings for Brad Treliving to accomplish his primary goal this summer - get over the NHL's salary floor. That seems like an entirely trivial and underwhelming objective to celebrate, but it's one that had the possibility of causing all sorts of self inflicted wounds. Take, for example, Dale Tallon's orgy of spending from a few summers ago when he signed half of the league's mediocre UFA's to long, bloated contracts. The Flames, conversely, escaped relatively intact. None of the deals were longer than three years and or for a dollar amount that may hamper them in the future. Mission accomplished.
So is there anything left for the club to do this summer?
July 09 2014 08:15AM
Hunter Smith is a big, big dude.
When I met him at Calgary Flames development camp earlier this week, I was a bit taken aback at just how big he is. He's listed at 6'7" and 220 pounds, and he's every bit as big as advertised. He's also really excited to be a Calgary Flame, having joined the organization as the team's second second-round selection (54th overall) in June's NHL Draft.
Smith and I had a brief chat after one of the development camp on-ice sessions.
July 08 2014 01:40PM
The first wave of free agent signings are done. Depth signings and subsequent moves are probably coming up in the next few weeks as we inch closer and closer to the end of summer and the beginning of camps.
But for now, here's where things stand for the Flames organizationally.