The Flames' lineup next season, without the 15th overall pick

June 12 2015 01:00PM

It's rare for an 18-year-old to step directly into the NHL, and even rarer so for it to be someone selected further down in the draft. While Sean Monahan made the Flames directly out of camp, and Sam Bennett may have as well had he not been injured, the Flames' first pick in this upcoming draft will almost certainly not see any NHL ice time in 2015-16.

And that's alright. While new talent is always exciting, patience is a virtue. Besides, it could end up being a few years yet before he's ready, and it's not as though the Flames will be hurting in the meantime.

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UFA Profiles: David Schlemko, Rapha Diaz, and Corey Potter

Pat Steinberg
June 12 2015 10:13AM


The Calgary Flames really only have four decisions to make in unrestricted free agency. One of them we'll touch on next week in net, while the other three reside on the blueline. In David Schlemko, Rapha Diaz, and Corey Potter, the Flames have three depth defencemen all in need of new contracts. Knowing their situation on D, however, it really only makes sense to bring back one of this trio.

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TOP-10 UFA COUNTDOWN: #7 - Christian Ehrhoff

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
June 12 2015 09:00AM

This is a series counting down the top-10 pending UFAs. It will be posted across the Nation Network over the next month! Enjoy!

When Christian Ehrhoff signed a ten year contract with the Buffalo Sabres in June of 2011, a lot of people were puzzled, and a little annoyed. Why was the NHL allowing these long-term, front-loaded contracts? Why was a 28 year old signing one that he would theoretically be able to play through? Why, even with the scheme, did such a talented player take so little without testing the market, from a team he became part of just hours before?

Fast forward to today. This would theoretically be the end of year four, but the Sabres are about a year removed from buying out the middle-aged German. Not only that, but the Pittsburgh Penguins, his new team, feel inclined to go with other internal options, meaning Ehrhoff will suit up for his third team in as many years.

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Why RFAs Mikael Backlund and Lance Bouma will be a litmus test for Brad Treliving

Thomas Drance
June 12 2015 08:00AM

Photo Credit: Candice Ward/USA TODAY Sports

Brad Treliving's tenure as the general manager of the Calgary Flames got off to a rocky start - particularly with the club's questionable decision to sign a handful of marginal contributors to big contracts in unrestricted free agency - but he rebounded, and put together a mostly sparkling first year as the club's general manager.

In interviews, Treliving comes off as quotable and as sharp as a whip. While it's still a bit too early to tell for sure, it sure looks like the Flames harvested a strong crop of young assets at the 2014 Draft. Meanwhile as the Flames surpassed all reasonable expectations throughout the year, Treliving wisely took the long view on nearly everything, burning a year of Sam Bennett's entry-level contract aside (and if a short-term move helps you net two additional home playoff dates, then it's surely worth it).

Though we can expect a good deal of internal improvement from the Flames' young core, this organization will still have a lot of work to do if they hope to match this past season's results next year. In particular, the team has a handful of key restricted players to re-sign, including two-way centre Mikael Backlund and grinding winger Lance Bouma. How the club prioritizes negotiations with Bouma and Backlund promises to reveal an awful lot about what we can expect from the Treliving era.

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
June 12 2015 06:45AM


Kessel trade talks heating up, does Phaneuf move as well, grading Jim Benning's first year as Canucks GM, Flames and Oilers goaltending, a draft party for the ages, Dougie Hamilton offer sheets, and all the draft and free agency news you can handle in this week's Roundup brought to you by DraftKings.

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