June 09 2016 08:00AM
Cliff Pu is a riser. At the halfway point of the season, NHL Central Scouting had him ranked 83rd out of all North American skaters. Their final rankings have him at 75, but his stock seems to continue to grow, as being part of a stacked Memorial Cup-winning London Knights team has done nothing but benefit him.
Here's the thing with Pu: he only had 31 points through 63 games. But here's the other thing: he was on a team that featured a line consisting of Matthew Tkachuk, Mitch Marner, and Christian Dvorak - pretty much the best line in all of junior hockey this season. Points were a bit harder to come by.
But he only just turned 18, he's 6'1 and 188 lbs. now, and in addition to his bullish playing style, a lot of scouts see underlying skill. With most, if not all, of that Knights top line graduated, he may get the chance to shine in 2016-17 - after a team has taken him, likely in either the second or third rounds.
The Flames have multiple second round picks and an early third rounder - so Calgary could be his landing spot.
June 08 2016 06:23PM
Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water, the Dennis Wideman saga is not over.
According to court documents filed in the United States District Court in New York, the National Hockey League is suing the National Hockey League Players Association. Wideman served 19 games of the originally-stipulated 20-game suspension for a January 27 on-ice collision with linesman Don Henderson that was ruled as an abuse of an official by the NHL's Hockey Operations department. The suspension was reduced to 10 games on appeal to neutral discipline arbitrator James Oldham – Wideman was refunded his salary for the 9 games he was suspended above the 10-game amount.
But now, the NHL is arguing that the arbitrator overstepped his authority in overturning the Wideman suspension – asserting his own judgment rather than evaluating the grounds for punishment laid out by Commissioner Gary Bettman on Wideman's initial appeal.
June 08 2016 02:00PM
It's almost that time of year! Buyout season! The time when teams begin to pay people to leave and snarky writers write things like "pay me $4 million dollars to leave?! Rough life huh!" and everyone chuckles.
While it's no secret that the Flames are in a bit of a money pickle next season, one of the ways that they can dig themselves out of trouble is by... digging further. Spending money to fix their spending problems. It's wonderful. Let's see how the Flames can fix their cap pinch with buyouts after the jump.
June 08 2016 12:00PM
Once upon a time, Matt Stajan was an 18-year-old rookie jumping into the deep end of the National Hockey League. Now he's approaching his 33rd birthday and has played nearly 900 games. When he came to Calgary, the thought was that he'd be a big offensive contributor.
Instead, he's become a mentor for the club's revolving door of young forwards and in the grand scheme of things, that could be his biggest impact long-term for the club. Stajan's 2015-16 season went very similarly to how the entire team's went.
June 08 2016 10:00AM
We're back! The OHL has so much potential in this year's NHL Draft, we had to split the OHL portion of our series with Brendan Ross, Director of Scouting for TheScout.ca, into two parts.
Yesterday, we covered six potential picks from the OHL alone the Flames may draft at sixth overall. Today, we'll take a look at the rest: those who might be around at 35th overall, who might fall further; the sleepers, the steals, the over and underrated.