July 01 2015 07:00AM
In the hockey world, Canada Day is always an exciting time. The floodgates open, and millions of dollars always get spent. This inevitably leads to a lot of regret, sometimes on the day of.
Even Brad Treliving isn't immune to this: see Raymond, Mason; and especially Engelland, Deryk; otherwise known as a little over $6 million of "wow, I wish I hadn't done that." (Jonas Hiller is okay, though, if only because he has just one year left on his deal, and he's actually pretty decent at his job.)
With 18 players already signed, though, and just another five restricted free agents needing contracts, the Flames already have a full roster. They also have about $15.2 million in cap space, and those five RFAs aren't going to cost that much.
Basically, that means: even after acquiring and signing Dougie Hamilton, the Flames can still play on July 1.
June 30 2015 03:30PM
Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving and his shiny new signee Dougie Hamilton participated in a conference call with media earlier this afternoon. The duo shared their mutual excitement regarding Hamilton's six-year commitment in Calgary, and also featured Hamilton trying not to comment on the situation in Boston that led to his trade (and Brad Treliving burying media reports that Hamilton was a bad teammate). As you can see, Hamilton seemed to go out of his way to take the proverbial high road.
Selected quotes from the call after the jump!
June 30 2015 03:00PM
As an ex-Canucks fan and a newly minted Flames fan (for a literal day) I am excited for our future, and all aboard the prospect hype train, with the pool getting deeper over the weekend. While the Flames did not pick in the first round, they made some smart moves later in the draft allowing them to grab some very interesting prospects.
Let's dig a bit deeper into the analytical side of these guys.
June 30 2015 01:00PM
It's an indication of the strength of this particular UFA crop that Justin Williams comes in number 1 on our list. That's not to take anything away from the 33 year old, who has been a high-end winger for years. But his age and the fact that he's only scored in the 40-point range the last two seasons goes to show there isn't a lot of franchise changing players available to sign this summer.
Despite those concerns, Williams remains a very useful player, in part because his value doesn't merely come from his offense. As one of the few wingers who has proven he can push possession over the years, Williams is a guy who can play up and down the line-up and provide quality minutes to whoever inks him.
June 30 2015 12:08PM
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The Calgary Flames have signed 22-year-old bluechip defenseman Dougie Hamilton to a six-year contract worth a reported $34.5 million. The contract will carry an annual average value of $5.75 million.
It's a steal of a contract for a young, 6-foot-5, two-way defender who has produced first-pairing results throughout the first three seasons of his NHL career, and is only scratching at the surface of what he might accomplish in the NHL.