Five things we learned over draft weekend

Pat Steinberg
June 26 2016 03:13PM

The Calgary Flames got a lot accomplished in Buffalo this weekend. On top of significantly addressing their goaltending issues at an affordable price, the Flames selected nine players at the 2016 NHL Draft. It was a busy weekend that taught us a lot about Calgary’s group, specifically for next season. Let’s take a look at the most important lessons we learned over the last few days.

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An optimistic future for the Flames

Ari Yanover
June 26 2016 12:00PM

It's really easy to get overemotional about your favourite sports teams. In all likelihood, things are never as wonderful or as terrible as they seem, but you get caught up in it anyway. A big win, playoffs clinched, a disastrous trade - all have their effects on us.

So the draft weekend is no exception. It's a huge weekend for the NHL, with all 30 teams gathered together. Deals are always made, and that's to say nothing of the future of the league being divvied up then and there.

So you'll forgive me if I get a little over excited after such a weekend - but I look at what the Flames did and can't help but think, oh, wow. They're really on to something here. They're really looking rather good.

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RFA qualifying offers due tomorrow

Ryan Pike
June 26 2016 10:00AM

After all the razzle and dazzle of the annual NHL Draft, it's now time for all the excitement of procedural restricted free agent qualifying as teams begin to figure out their contractual and cap hit situations as they approach free agency on July 1.

All potential Group 2 (restricted) free agents – players whose contracts have expired but aren't 27 yet, basically – have to receiving a qualify offer by their NHL club by 3 p.m. MT on Monday for their rights to be maintained.

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What does the Flames cap situation look like going forward?

Ari Yanover
June 26 2016 08:00AM

The draft has come and gone. While plenty of new faces have been added to the organization, and plenty more could still come yet, some could be on their way out. Meanwhile, others must be retained. 

The Flames have just three unrestricted free agents this year, however; and with them, just three players they may be saying goodbye to. They also have 13 restricted free agents: players they need to decide whether to keep in the fold, or to let go.

The Flames' situation has changed just slightly over the draft weekend, but it was a huge change. They acquired their starting goaltender, and he carries just a $2.5 million cap hit.

Now, the Flames need six forwards and one goalie: and they have a little over $21 million to get them.

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Lots of trade talk, far less action for the Flames in Buffalo

Pat Steinberg
June 25 2016 10:16PM

The Calgary Flames were admittedly involved in a ton of trade conversations over the 2016 draft weekend in Buffalo. At the end of it, though, the Flames had made just the one deal with St. Louis despite arriving at the NHL's annual convention with ten picks. While one trade might fall short of the expectations set by all that fun speculation, it doesn't mean Calgary's weekend was a disappointment.

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