November 08 2016 12:00PM
Let's quickly review the rules for the upcoming NHL expansion draft. One specific rule, actually:
All first- and second-year professionals, as well as all unsigned draft choices, will be exempt from selection (and will not be counted toward their club's applicable protection limits).
Brett Kulak played his 2014-15 season in the ECHL, AHL, and NHL. He played his 2015-16 season in the AHL and NHL. He is playing his 2016-17 season - his third professional year - in the NHL.
It does not matter how many games Kulak plays this season. Kulak could be sent to Adirondack and play the rest of the year there and he would still be eligible to be taken in the expansion draft unless he is specifically protected. He is not a part of any exemptions, just as Emile Poirier and Hunter Shinkaruk are not.
The Flames will meet player exposure requirements with him or without. They have no impact on Kulak's status as a third-year pro.
And the way things are currently going, he could be the most interesting story on the Flames this year.
November 08 2016 10:30AM
Grossmann (CAL) on waivers today— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) November 8, 2016
The weird, inexplainable, unfathomable, physically painful Nicklas Grossmann era in Calgary appears to be over, with the #big defenceman going on waivers today, destined for what we can only assume is the AHL.
November 08 2016 10:00AM
Morgan Klimchuk will always have big boots to fill. Being the guy who was traded for Jarome Iginla, he has most often been the butt of the joke that was post-apex Jay Feaster management.
While Sean Monahan dazzled in the NHL and Emile Poirier was lighting lamps in the Q, Klimchuk plodded along in the Dub. He probably was the least impressive of the 2013 first rounders, struggling to find his place among the WHL's best. At the same time, Monahan was scoring 60 in the NHL and Poirier was being named an AHL all-star in his first year of pro. His unimpressive WHL stint turned into a disappointing AHL stint, with nine points in 55 games during his first full try in the league. Many, probably everyone, thought he was done.
That's why it's such a shock to see people clammoring for him to be called up, or to have no choice but to acknowledge him as one of the best prospects in the organization right now. Morgan Klimchuk has broken last year's records for points and goals in 48 fewer games. How did he turn the corner?
November 08 2016 08:00AM
If the current state of Flames hockey has you in the dumps, we've got something to cheer you up.
November 07 2016 02:00PM
The Calgary Flames had a rough road trip in a couple ways. First, they lost three of the four games they played. Second, they lost both Kris Versteeg and Lance Bouma to injury. With the Flames only carrying 13 forwards to begin the season, that meant they had to recall Hunter Shinkaruk and throw him into the deep end right away. Due to their injuries they still only have a dozen forwards, giving them zero extras to work with.
Will the Flames call up a body from the American Hockey League's Stockton Heat to give themselves some flexibility or, better yet, a jolt of energy? If they do, who should come up?
Here are the contenders, and what their call ups would mean.