Will You Play Hockey For Food?

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
June 29 2015 09:00AM

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The summer has quietly arrived. The weather is nice, people are looking for things to do, and unfortunately, watching hockey isn't one of their options. We've got lots of offseason stuff to talk about, but no games to watch. Of course, that's a first world problem; there are much more unfortunate things out there - such as the thousands of Canadian families who aren't able to afford to eat, especially in the months after holiday donations dry up.

Enter Five Hole For Food; an organization that aims to solve the latter via a solution for the former.

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TOP-10 UFA COUNTDOWN #2—MIKE GREEN

Lowetide
June 29 2015 06:00AM

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The free-agent pool for 2015 lacks a complete defenseman but does offer a substantial offensive player in Mike Green. The Washington Capitals blue liner has majestic career stats that tower over most of the free agents available and he is one of the 10 best offensive producers from the 2004 entry draft. He turns 30 in October, is close to 600 NHL games in his career, and posted 45 points in 2014-15 for the Caps. What is Mike Green's actual value, and how far is that number from what he'll get? The mind boggles.

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Qualifying Offers Due Tomorrow - A Primer

Ryan Pike
June 28 2015 04:00PM

After a pretty wild draft weekend, National Hockey League teams get back to business on Monday. Qualifying offers for pending restricted free agents are due in the league office by 5pm ET (3pm MT), and teams begin to shuffle the deck in preparation for the frenzy of unrestricted free agency on July 1.

For what tomorrow means, why it's significant, and why it may hold some intrigue for the Calgary Flames, here's a quick and dirty primer.

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Friedman Provides Dougie Hamilton Contract Details

Ryan Pike
June 28 2015 02:30PM

With the NHL Draft in the rear-view mirror, Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman's 30 Thoughts provided its usual blend of insight and intrigue. Most relevant in Calgary Flames circles? The circumstances of Dougie Hamilton's exit from Beantown, apparently related to his contract desires.

I’m more curious about practical analysis, as in, what does this tell us about the new regime? One GM compared it to “Harry Sinden running the team again.” What he meant was Hamilton and Milan Lucic made contract asks the Bruins didn’t like, and rather than doing much negotiating, pulled the trigger.

To be fair, Don Sweeney was up against a July 1 offer sheet possibility, although not with Lucic.

The best information I can give you is it appears the team offered six years and $33M to Hamilton, while the response was about $2M per year higher.

Sometimes, we get caught up in initial proposals. Any good negotiator will tell you to exaggerate your opening position.

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10 Dougie Hamilton Facts

Kent Wilson
June 28 2015 01:00PM

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The Flames organization made one of its most significant trades in the last decade when they acquired Dougie Hamilton at the draft this weekend. The 22-year old defender is already one of the best defenders in the game and figures to help anchor Calgary's blueline with TJ Brodie as the club emerges from rebuilder into contender. 

I began digging around in Hamilton's background and numbers. Here's a few things worth knowing about the newest Flame. 

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