July 27 2015 01:00PM
As we race head-long into the quieter parts of the summer months, we're kicking off a look-back at prior Calgary Flames seasons here at FlamesNation. That look back begins with 2000-01, the first campaign of the current century.
The NHL was a different place back in the fall of 2000. The league added a pair of teams to its ranks (the Minnesota Wild and Columbus Blue Jackets), swelling it to an unheard-of 30 teams amidst some hand-wringing over the size of the league and quality of play league-wide. The Flames? They hadn't won a playoff round since the 1989 Stanley Cup Final, and hadn't made a playoff appearance since 1996.
That streak of futility would, unfortunately, continue.
July 27 2015 11:00AM
With Paul Byron re-signed, the arbitration monster is officially done with for another season. Byron and the Flames never even reached the point of exchanging case files, complete with ask amounts, so we'll never know just how far apart they ever were.
Instead, they quickly agreed to a 50% raise, re-signing the speedy, hard-hitting forward to a one-year, $900K deal.
There are a lot of forwards with similar cap hits. An extreme amount, really: and it's because that's entry level contract money. Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau make more than him, despite still being on their first contracts.
Byron isn't a star player. He's someone who's had to grasp and claw his way to proving himself an NHLer, taking one-year deal after one-year deal. This is already his fifth contract.
How does he compare with others in a similar position?
July 27 2015 10:35AM
It's now down to Micheal Ferland when it comes to unsigned restricted free agents for the Calgary Flames. GM Brad Treliving kicked it into ludicrous speed over the last week, signing Lance Bouma, Turner Elson, Josh Jooris, and Paul Byron to contracts. Despite being the only man left on Unsigned Island, I think many of us hope the 23-year-old Ferland will continue being an impact maker next season. I think he absolutely can be just that, but he's going to have to answer a few questions first.
July 26 2015 11:51AM
Brad Treliving wrapped up the final pending arbitration case today, inking speedy winger Paul Byron to a one year deal worth $900,000. That's a modest raise over his previous contract of $600,000 per year.
July 26 2015 11:00AM
When the summer began for the Calgary Flames, fans were mostly still awash in the afterglow of something foreign around these parts - a playoff run. Not only did they make an appearance, but the unthinkable happened: they won a playoff round.
So this summer's hand-wringing has mostly been about "Man, if only the Flames could've had X" to get them over the top. And after a summer that saw the Flames horrid possession numbers buttressed by the additions of possession mavens Michael Frolik and Dougie Hamilton, the big question is thus: Were the Flames' off-season additions enough to convince you they can win again in 2015-16? And if not, what are they missing? What did you want them to do that they didn't?