Report: Flames sign Czech League goalie David Rittich

Mike FAIL
June 10 2016 10:30AM

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With zero decisions in net, the Calgary Flames have reportedly added another goalie into the system today with the reported signing of former BK Mlada Boleslav goalie David Rittich, per a Czech website.

Update: BK Mlada Boleslav's site has confirmed the signing too.

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NHL Draft Scout Series: USA

Christian Roatis
June 10 2016 10:00AM

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The NHL Draft Scout Series continues today, shifting our focus to the land soon to be ruled by Donald Drumpf.

The Americans not only boast the top prize in this year's draft - Auston Matthews - but have plenty of other homegrown talent to be proud of. 

USHL Central Scouting and TheScout.ca's Matt Grainda joins us to discuss the Red, White and Blue prospects eligible for the 2016 NHL Draft. 

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Flames Second Round Targets: Taylor Raddysh

christian tiberi
June 10 2016 08:00AM

The risk of drafting from powerhouse junior teams is the risk of picking a passenger over a driver. This debate has mostly been focused on potential Flames first rounder Matthew Tkachuk, the London Knight who was placed with Mitch Marner and Christian Dvorak on the CHL's highest scoring line. It hasn't seemed to affected his draft position, as it has Taylor Raddysh.

The Erie Otter has been tasked first line duties alongside OHL superstars Dylan Strome and Alex DeBrincat, and has presumably fallen because he is the least productive of all three. However, that may not be the case. Digging into the data, there's a good case that Raddysh is an under-appreciated play driver, and a possible contender for one of the Flames' second round picks.

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
June 10 2016 05:00AM

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Ads on NHL jerseys, Stamkos to the Leafs heats up, Wings shouldn't pay to get rid of Datsyuk, Milan Lucic open to Western Canada, despite point totals Trouba getting better, Flames possibilities of picking 3rd, Oilers should consider trading Draisaitl, myths of winning in the West, 2016 NHL draft, free agent profiles and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by DraftKings.

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Flames, Blue Jackets and 3rd Overall

Kent Wilson
June 09 2016 05:39PM

We previously looked at the possibility of trading up to third overall, but the conclusion at the time was that the price demanded by Columbus would make the move untenable. 

Today, however, Bob McKenzie appeared on Vancouver radio and suggested the Blue Jackets have their eye on Logan Brown or Clayton Keller, suggesting they may be willing to move down

"Of the three (CBJ, EDM & VAN), Columbus might be the one most open to do something right now...

They've got the third pick...the sense that a lot of people are getting right now is that Columbus Blue Jackets are not sold on Jesse Puljujarvi in that spot and they may be looking for positionally oriented need. Specifically two centres come to mind... one is Logan Brown... and the other is Clayton Keller.

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There is this sense that if somebody wants to move to number three to draft Puljujarvi, if the Blue Jackets could get themselves a pick that's a few picks later and not drop out of the top 10, they'd still have a shot at Brown or Keller."

With that in mind, the Flames would seem to be the Blue Jackets' ideal trading partner. 

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