Kevin Hayes: Come Join Us

bookofloob
August 15 2014 04:06PM

Unless you believe the rumours that Flames President of Hockey Operations Brian Burke has had illicit and depraved sexual relationships with both the mother and father of Jimmy and Kevin Hayes, which you should not because I just made that up (though still widely unproven!), there's fine reason to believe that by this time tomorrow, former NCAA star and pending UFA Kevin Hayes could be a member of your Calgary Flames.

(Hell, even if the Burke thing was true...I mean good intentions are good intentions, right?)

Anyway, if you're unaware of the news, the current Blackhawks prospect is about to become not a Blackhawk by the stroke of midnight tonight (I think 10 PM mountain, but whatever, close enough). And while many teams have been linked as active suitors for the big 22 year old (The Preds, Bruins, and with his brother in Florida have all been bandied about as possible destinations), there's reason to believe the Flames have as strong a shot as anyone, if not stronger, to land Hayes.

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Reasonable Expectations: Joe Colborne

Ryan Pike
August 15 2014 01:30PM

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Like many Calgary Flames players, Joe Colborne's year can be split into two parts. In the first part, he was an underwhelming fourth line center. In the second part, he was shifted to the wing due to injuries (and a desire from the coaching staff to get his offensive production going), and he was quietly very effective.

Now with a new contract under his belt, what can we expect from Colborne next season?

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What is Lance Bouma Worth?

Kent Wilson
August 15 2014 08:30AM

The Flames last bit of business this summer is to get RFA Lance Bouma under contract. It's mildly surprising negotiations have dragged in this manner because from the outside it seems like an easy re-up: Bouma's well liked by the organization for his intangibles, but he doesn't have much leverage beyond that. He has less than 2 NHL seasons worth of hockey under his belt in the show and his counting stats reflect a player of his, uh,  role (5 goals, 15 points total).

Usually guys of this ilk get a modest raise over their ELC since there isn't much to argue over. However, given the lack of a deal and the fact it's the middle of August, let's take a closer look at Bouma's results from last year to see what the Flames might have on their hands. 

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
August 15 2014 08:05AM

The analytics debate rages on, how much does "character" matter, player profiles, ice bucket challenge, Wayne Gretzky and more in this week’s Roundup.

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PACIFIC HEIGHTS 2014-15

Lowetide
August 14 2014 10:46PM

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After weeks of ciphering, I have figured out the Pacific Division for 2014-15. Now, if you click-through it will ruin the surprise of the actual season, so consider this a spoiler alert on winter. Up next: where do they finish?

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