THE ROUNDUP

Nation World HQ
July 18 2014 09:12AM



The most boring stretch for any hockey fan is between now and early September. We do our best to scratch that hockey itch below.

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2014-15: A Huge Year for Pending RFAs

Ryan Pike
July 18 2014 08:02AM

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As we creep closer to the kick-off of the 2014-15 season, it begins to dawn on me that this season is pretty important for the Calgary Flames, and a lot of the organization's players.

Okay, ignore the whole "Play Whack for Jack (Eichel)" or "(Play With) No Honor for Connor" aspect. If you look at Calgary's roster, outside of a few names, it'll be the same team that played well (and finished 27th) last year.

But next summer could see a lot of changes and allow Brad Treliving to put his stamp on the team in a big, big way.

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Flames Next Steps - Get Competitive by 2016-17

Kent Wilson
July 17 2014 08:51PM

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In this series we've already noted the Flames need to up their functional toughness and improve their blueline depth behind Mark Giordano and TJ Brodie in order to climb out of the Western Conference basement. This final part is more focused on the "when" than the "how". Although I'm sure the team's executives and fans would prefer sooner rather than later, the more realistic deadline for the club to be a threat again is two seasons from now: 2016-17.

Relative to some other rebuilds we've been witness to (ahem, Oilers), 2016 is a fairly aggressive and optimistic expectation. But it's grounded in reality. 

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Five things: Talkin' 'bout centers

Ryan Lambert
July 17 2014 09:00AM

1. Got me thinking...

Earlier this week there was a bit of debate about whether Jonathan Toews was worth $10.5 million annually, when no other player in the league (besides Patrick Kane, but that's almost beside the point) makes more than about $9.5 million.

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2014 Development Camp: Mark Jankowski

Ryan Pike
July 16 2014 11:25AM

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Remember Mark Jankowski?

The centerman was drafted by the Flames in the first round of the 2012 Draft, but both the general manager and assistant general manager that took him are gone from the organization now. For his part, Jankowski seems unphased. Speaking with the media during development camp, he spoke about expectations for his Providence College Friars club and the 12-man freshman class he joined the team with in 2012-13 (including fellow Flames picks Jon Gillies and John Gilmour) - they'd love to win a championship before they finish their collegiate careers.

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