June 27 2016 02:05PM
Today is the deadline for qualifying restricted free agents, or letting them go to unrestricted free agency. To that end, there's news across the league as NHL teams decide who they want to keep, and who they may let go to free agency.
Or, there's a third option: trade your restricted free agents. If you aren't going to qualify them, might as well get something back rather than lose them for nothing, right?
The Flames have traded prospect Patrick Sieloff for the rights to Alex Chiasson. The Flames have also signed Chiasson, who was a restricted free agent - oh, and a 25-year-old, 6'3, 208 lb. right winger, to boot.
June 27 2016 10:00AM
The Calgary Flames finally have a head coach following last week's hiring of Glen Gulutzan. In addition, based on the comments from various individuals at Gulutzan's introductory press conference, it sure sounds like Martin Gelinas (assistant coach), Jamie Pringle (video coach) and Jordan Sigalet (goalie coach) are going to stay in their previous positions on Gulutzan's staff.
So that leaves one hiring left: an associate coach to replace Jacques Cloutier.
Based on reputation, fit, availability and social media chatter from media types, here are six contenders for the job.
June 27 2016 08:00AM
Brad Treliving took over the Flames just before the 2014 entry draft. The team's work that June didn't really inspire confidence: they took Hunter Smith way too early, traded a third rounder for Brandon Bollig and took a goalie in the second round. It was an inauspicious start to his tenure in Calgary.
Things have improved substantially since that first draft, however. Last year Treliving moved a collection of picks for Dougie Hamilton and then grabbed three extremely high value prospects in Rasmus Andersson, Oliver Kylington and Andrew Mangiapane later on in the draft. It's entirely possible more than half of the Flames 2015 draft class will play in the NHL at some point, which is incredible work for a club whose highest pick was #53.
This draft was similarly impressive. Treliving sidestepped a number of landmines in the goalie market, picked up another bluechip prospect and grabbed a bunch of good bets later on.
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.
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.