July 21 2015 01:30AM
Core, noun. "The central or most important part of something."
To go further: "The part of something that is central to its existence or character. An important or unchanging group of people forming the central part of a larger body." Thanks, Google!
It's that last sentence there that's most relevant to sports. In hockey, core players are particularly apparent: they're the guys teams lock up and never let go of. Superstars changing teams is a rarity in the modern day NHL, often dealt huge contracts to keep them in the same team. And it's usually the team they started with.
As a rebuilding team, the Flames' core is only just now starting to form. Identifying who they are is important: these are the guys you're going to be spending most of your money on, and the guys who will hopefully be leading you to the Cup.
July 20 2015 01:18PM
The Calgary Flames have a lot of forwards. This isn't a bad thing by any stretch, as options and competition are usually things you want to have. But with competition comes tough decisions, and the Flames are most certainly going to face a number of those between now and the end of training camp. Let's try and break down how those decisions might go. Let's also marvel at my creativity and ingenuity when it comes to the picture I've decided to use for this article.
July 20 2015 11:00AM
There's been an awful lot of chatter lately about the Calgary Flames and their arena project. Ironically, the chatter has been about the lack of chatter about the arena project coming from the Flames organization.
But when you think about the bigger picture, about the Canadian economic and the political landscape, the radio silence may make a bit of sense.
I think the Flames are waiting to see how the political landscape sits after October's federal election.
July 20 2015 07:59AM
With the Calgary Flames' first arbitration hearing of the summer involving Lance Bouma just two days away, both sides have filed their cases with the League office. As expected, there is a pretty decently-sized gap between the two sides.
In #Flames arbitration case against Lance Bouma, club offers $1.5M, player requests $2.5M.— Tim Wharnsby (@TimWharnsby) July 20, 2015
July 19 2015 11:36AM
The Calgary Flames have seemingly made all the big moves that they have up their sleeves this summer. Michael Frolik and Dougie Hamilton are in the fold, and the bulk of the summer work has thus far involved restricted free agency, arbitration hearings, and the apparent departure of David Wolf back to Europe.
With the team at 42 contracts - two can slide - along with six restricted free agents (including Wolf) to sign, it seems like the team's done their moves this summer. But they also have too many forwards, defenders and goalies on one-way deals (or facing waivers) than they have roster spots.
So something's gotta give, right? So who goes and how?