Looking at the Flames' cap for 2017-18

Ryan Pike
February 02 2017 12:00PM

Here's what we're reasonably sure of right now: the salary cap probably isn't budging next season. That means the Calgary Flames will have $73 million to spend on their roster for the 2017-18 season.

But, as always, there are some holes and some complications moving forward.

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Did the Flames make their best goaltending bet?

Ari Yanover
February 02 2017 10:00AM

So the Flames' goaltending has not been totally ideal this season. It currently sits at a .900 save percentage, tied for 24th in the NHL. (Not last!)

It wasn't ideal last season, either, and that was with a completely different cast. Then, however, it was .892, very much the worst in the league - and the only team below .900.

When's the last time the Flames had what could be considered ideal goaltending? Uh... 2014-15, probably, when every percentage went the Flames' way, and their .911 collective save percentage was tied for 15th in the league.

Except in 2014-15 and 2015-16, the Flames had the same goalies for the most part, give or take a stray Joni Ortio. Jonas Hiller and Karri Ramo held down the fort one year - not masterfully, but well enough to give the rest of their team a chance night in and night out - and then had the fort cave in the very next season.

But both their contracts were up, and with a new cast, it should have been saved. And for some reason, it hasn't been.

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Flames 5, Wild 1 post-game embers: Sweeeeeeep

Ari Yanover
February 02 2017 08:00AM

And so we bid farewell to the Minnesota Wild for the regular season. They were a team that couldn't handle a player scoring against them, and so their only recourse was to try to injure him.

For that, they got swept.

Good riddance, losers.

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Winners from the first half and a last call for the mid-season NationDraft

baggedmilk
February 02 2017 07:00AM

Last Call

Last week, I told you all about the playoff push NationDraft and today I'm turning the bar lights on to let you know that you're running out of time if you want to sign up. This is your last call to enter this charity draft for a chance to win all kinds of cash (read: visa cards) to spend on pogs, bubblegum, and whatever else you're into collecting.

Play against readers across the Nation Network in the 2016-17 Mid-Season Nation Drafts. Grand Prize is a $1000 Visa Gift Card! Enter your fantasy hockey team at nationdrafts.com for your chance to win and support a good cause! The entry fee is $20, with a portion of all proceeds going to support our charity partner, Earth Group.

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Post-Game: wild and young

Ryan Pike
February 01 2017 11:28PM

The Minnesota Wild are a really good hockey club. Sure, they played last night in Edmonton, but the Calgary Flames have been beaten by teams on back-to-backs before. But tonight, the Flames did what they haven't done a lot of over the last little stretch: they battled and they got good goaltending when they needed it.

Let's be honest here: the Wild know they're going to the playoffs. They played last night. But the Flames played a hungry game and never trailed during this contest. The Flames began their stretch drive with a strong performance in a 5-1 victory over Minnesota.

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