April 28 2016 05:50PM
For about a month now, Daniel Pribyl's name has been on Flames fans' radars. Of course, we can expect the front office to have been aware for far longer than that - and with good reason, as the 23-year-old Czech forward has officially signed a two-year deal with Calgary.
The Flames weren't the only team interested in Pribyl, but they're the ones who landed the 6'3, 238 lb. right winger - sticking with him even as he requires ACL surgery (which he actually had done in Calgary, according to Bob McKenzie).
April 28 2016 12:00PM
Expectations were high for Sam Bennett entering his rookie season. Not only was he following up stellar campaigns by first Sean Monahan and then Johnny Gaudreau, but he was also coming in as the highest draft pick in Calgary Flames history. The Flames were the only team of the modern era to have never picked in the top five; Bennett's selection at fourth overall changed that.
Combine that with a pretty good playoff showing the year before, not to mention entering the 2015-16 fully healthy (shoulder ailments be gone!), and Bennett should have had a fantastic season. He never quite found a stable place in the lineup, though, and only had really quality players to play with when he was playing the wing alongside Mikael Backlund and Michael Frolik.
But while Bennett didn't exactly blow anyone away during his rookie campaign - there won't be any Calder Trophy votes to be found here - he still put together a solid season, and one that still points towards a bright future.
April 28 2016 10:00AM
Until maybe a few seasons ago, the Calgary Flames were known as a team that was bad at drafting. Like, really bad. Like, couldn't find a nut if they were a squirrel in a room full of nuts bad. Not only was their drafting not particularly great, their asset management with their first round picks – free assets that teams get from the league to help them stay competitive – was pretty awful as well.
So to take a look at Calgary's drafting and asset management, here's what the Flames have done with their last 10 original draft picks.
April 28 2016 08:00AM
And then there were none.
Calgary Flames 2015 draft selections Andrew Mangiapane and Rasmus Andersson were the organization's only hope to see any of its members continue a playoff run. After ousting the Mississauga Steelheads in seven games and subsequently sweeping the North Bay Battalion in the second round, however, their Barrie Colts' season has come to an end at Niagara's hands.
The Niagara IceDogs, fresh off their own second round sweep of the Kingston Frontenacs, took all four games against the Colts, likely ending Mangiapane and Andersson's junior careers.
April 27 2016 12:30PM
If there was one controversial moment from the 2015 offseason, it was Lance Bouma's re-signing. The Flames forwent the arbitrator's settlement, giving Bouma $2.2M (far from their initial $1.5M offer) and an extra year on his contract.
Some thought it was a steal. Bouma had just finished his second full NHL season, and had been a key player throughout. In addition to his take-no-prisoners, fearless style of play, he found his scoring touch, scoring 16 goals and adding 18 assists for a decent 34 points. Bouma was an example of a core depth player that could solidify the Flames' roster
Others thought it was a huge mistake. The advanced stats suggested that his scoring was mainly influenced by those he played with, and that he was due to drop back under 20 points soon. At the rate and term of his new contract, and the predicted bad performances, he would soon become hard-to-move deadweight.
Did 2015-16's performance prove who was right? Let's find out after the jump