November 09 2016 05:37PM
Earlier today, the Calgary Flames sent Nicklas Grossmann to the American Hockey League's Stockton Heat. With two open roster spots, some cap space, and just 12 healthy forwards, it seemed likely that another move was going to happen.
Well, at least one move has seemingly happened. According to the AHL's transactions page – usually a reliable source of information – the Flames have recalled Linden Vey from Stockton.
According to the AHL website, #Flames have summoned C/W Linden Vey from AHL Stockton.— Wes Gilbertson (@WesGilbertson) November 10, 2016
November 09 2016 02:00PM
This has somehow both been a long time coming, and something that should have never had to happen to begin with.
When the Flames signed Nicklas Grossmann, it was explicitly for cap purposes in order to maximize the team's usage of LTIR, should it have been necessary to dip into through the season. Of course, injuries happen, so of course, it was; Hunter Shinkaruk would not be able to be on this team without Ladislav Smid being placed on the long-term injured reserve.
This, of course, did not mean it was necessary to actually play Grossmann. In the three games he dressed for, two were complete train wrecks. I can think of three or four goals off of the top of my head that were directly on him, and at least another instance where the goalie bailed him out. Grossmann was simply incapable of performing at an NHL level.
Yesterday, Grossmann was waived. Today, he cleared waivers. Now, he has been officially reassigned to the Stockton Heat.
November 09 2016 12:00PM
This isn't the start to the season anyone expected.
Even if you assumed the Flames would get off to a rocky start for whatever reason, no one would have guessed it would be the Flames' established stars and young core players that would fail the team so completely.
November 09 2016 08:00AM
A common question we received when Nicklas Grossmann was placed on waivers yesterday by the Calgary Flames was about the salary cap implications of his potential assignment to the American Hockey League. With all of the wonkiness and wackiness regarding the long-term injured reserve, cap relief and remaining cap space, we thought we'd dig into it a bit.
November 08 2016 02:00PM
Aside from some tweaks via injury call ups, it seems as if we're into a rather quiet period for the Calgary Flames and newsworthy transactions. However, it shouldn't be perceived that business is closed for Flames general manager Brad Treliving.
Based on the benefits of doing so and the club's history of getting such deals done in similar circumstances, I fully expect the Flames to sign 2016 second round pick Tyler Parsons before the end of 2016.
Here's why I'm so sure.