July 02 2015 02:33PM
Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving seemed to really enjoy signing players yesterday, because he's kept at it today. The Flames announced that they've inked goaltender Mason McDonald and right wing Hunter Smith to entry-level contracts. Both were second round selections at the 2014 Draft.
Based on each player's age and the terms of the CBA, the deals are three-year pacts.
July 02 2015 01:00PM
We heard (and said) it all last season: this can't last. The Flames can't stay in the playoff race, can't make the playoffs, can't do anything meaningful this season. They're going to miss out on a high pick, and they're going to Colorado Avalanche it up: bet on the wrong horses, go all-in on an unsustainable situation, and go back to the bottom of the standings.
There's only one problem: somebody forgot to tell Brad Treliving this.
July 02 2015 11:00AM
1. The Hamilton trade and contract
The most reasonable reaction to the Dougie-Hamilton-for-three-draft-picks trade was, "I don't believe that."
That was a criminally small price to pay for a guy who everyone — including the team that just jettisoned him — agrees is a young "build your team around this guy" defenseman. That he is now the third such player on the Flames is insane. Calgary went from a top-heavy D corps with a lot of garbage at the bottom to maybe the best in the league, depending upon whether they can re-up David Schlemko (or sign a comparable) to be the No. 5/6 instead of Kris Russell and Deryk Engelland.
Don Sweeney was, we know now, painted into a bit of a corner, but for there to be almost no bidding war was immensely to Brad Treliving's benefit. In much the same way as the predecessor to his predecessor grossly mishandled the Joe Thornton trade, and his predecessor grossly mishandled the Tyler Seguin trade, Sweeney grossly mishandled the Hamilton trade. The good news for Boston is that he didn't go to an Eastern Conference team, but that's about where it ends.
July 01 2015 04:22PM
After a busy July 1 that saw his club sign Michael Frolik, Karri Ramo and Derek Grant, and acquire a conditional pick for Max Reinhart, Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving addressed the assembled media at the Scotiabank Saddledome earlier this afternoon.
In case you missed it, here's what he had to say.
July 01 2015 02:27PM
The Calgary Flames have made another organizational depth tweak, trading forward Max Reinhart to the Nashville Predators.
The return for the 23-year-old restricted free agent is a conditional fourth round choice in the 2016 NHL Draft. It's unclear what the conditions are on the pick at time of this writing.