June 26 2016 10:00AM
After all the razzle and dazzle of the annual NHL Draft, it's now time for all the excitement of procedural restricted free agent qualifying as teams begin to figure out their contractual and cap hit situations as they approach free agency on July 1.
All potential Group 2 (restricted) free agents – players whose contracts have expired but aren't 27 yet, basically – have to receiving a qualify offer by their NHL club by 3 p.m. MT on Monday for their rights to be maintained.
June 26 2016 08:00AM
The draft has come and gone. While plenty of new faces have been added to the organization, and plenty more could still come yet, some could be on their way out. Meanwhile, others must be retained.
The Flames have just three unrestricted free agents this year, however; and with them, just three players they may be saying goodbye to. They also have 13 restricted free agents: players they need to decide whether to keep in the fold, or to let go.
The Flames' situation has changed just slightly over the draft weekend, but it was a huge change. They acquired their starting goaltender, and he carries just a $2.5 million cap hit.
Now, the Flames need six forwards and one goalie: and they have a little over $21 million to get them.
June 25 2016 10:16PM
The Calgary Flames were admittedly involved in a ton of trade conversations over the 2016 draft weekend in Buffalo. At the end of it, though, the Flames had made just the one deal with St. Louis despite arriving at the NHL's annual convention with ten picks. While one trade might fall short of the expectations set by all that fun speculation, it doesn't mean Calgary's weekend was a disappointment.
June 25 2016 07:28PM
You're not going to find many more varied draft classes than the one we saw assembled by the Calgary Flames at the 2016 NHL Draft. The Flames added nine players to the organization from every position in Buffalo and did so from six different leagues. After getting an exclusive chat with Calgary's Director of Amateur Scouting Tod Button, we've got the low down on a very interesting 2016 group.
June 25 2016 05:17PM
The first day of the draft is the one with all the fanfare. It's televised nationally. Cameras are on all the potential picks; they smile and hug their families before walking up to the stage and getting a jersey; sometimes, with their name on it. Then they're put through the ringer, marched around until they get the chance to celebrate with their families.
The second day of the draft has very little of that. It's a brisk affair, where teams go through 180 picks in the same amount of time it took them to go through 30 in the first round the day before. A fair number of kids aren't even in the building when their names are called.
For the ones that are, though, it's special. The production values are almost non-existent, so the joyous cries of family and friends celebrating echo through the arena. They're some of the best moments of the draft, a great payoff for waiting. (One of the best moments from this draft? When Austin Osmanski, from nearby East Aurora, was picked by his hometown Buffalo Sabres in the seventh round to the screams and cheers of the large contingent of family and friends around him.)
Three Flames picks were here on day two to celebrate: Adam Fox, Mitchell Mattson, and Eetu Tuulola. We caught up with each of them in the interview hall.