June 30 2015 11:00AM
The draft is done and the Flames added no less than three excellent young blue liners to their organizational depth, a group obviously headlined by erstwhile Bruin Dougie Hamilton. The former 9th overall pick instantly firms up what was previously the clubs biggest weakness (blueline depth after Brodie and Giordano).
Brad Treliving has the opportunity to further add to the Flames depth with free agency season right around the corner. We'll talk about this stuff as well as Calgary's other draft additions in the mailbag today.
June 29 2015 03:12PM
The last big contractual deadline of the 2014-15 season has hit in the form of qualifying offers for pending restricted free agents. The Calgary Flames announced their qualifying offers this afternoon via a press release, with a dozen players being qualified and three becoming free agents by not receiving an offer.
The team has sent offers to forwards Josh Jooris, Drew Shore, Lance Bouma, Micheal Ferland, Paul Byron, Bryce van Brabant, Bill Arnold, David Wolf, Kenny Agostino, Max Reinhart and Turner Elson, as well as defenseman Dougie Hamilton. Not qualified were forward Ben Hanowski and defenders John Ramage and Sena Acolatse.
June 29 2015 02:22PM
The Hockey Hall of Fame announced its induction Class of 2015 this afternoon, naming five players and two builders to its ranks. The 2015 inductions will take place in November, and have a Calgary Flames flavour to them.
Former Flames president Bill Hay and defenseman Phil Housley were both named for induction.
June 29 2015 01:30PM
Free agency is coming! Free agency is coming!
As Burke and Treliving have noted in the past, free agency isn’t a time to find answers, it’s a time to fill holes, so I have pieced together a list of potential unrestricted free agents who could be of interest to the Calgary Flames to fill holes and address needs on the farm.
These are the needs I identified as being of utmost importance for the Stockton Heat this summer:
- Steady, veteran defenseman
- An offensive defenseman
- Consistent veteran scoring forward
- A veteran backup net-minder for Jon Gillies
June 29 2015 11:00AM
The dust has more or less settled from the wild draft weekend, and qualifying offers for restricted free agents are due today. But for the Calgary Flames, a quick glance at the roster reveals a few things about the team's current composition, and perhaps a hint at further moves to come.
As we prepare for Wednesday's kick-off of unrestricted free agency, let's see where the Flames sit.