How should the Flames special teams groups be structured?

Ryan Pike
August 22 2016 12:00PM

This off-season has brought a lot of change for the Calgary Flames, as the organization has swapped a lot of bodies in and out – both on and off the ice. In addition to the on-ice acquisitions of Brian Elliott, Chad Johnson, Troy Brouwer and Matthew Tkachuk, the club has also added a new head coach in Glen Gulutzan and a pair of new assistant coaches in Paul Jerrard and Dave Cameron.

One of the big criticisms that many observers had of former Flames coach Bob Hartley was his special teams performance and deployments. Now that there's a new bench boss, it's likely a good time to take a look at what the Flames have available to kick off 2016-17 in terms of special teams – as they were among the worst in the entire NHL in that realm. Who should be on the power play and the penalty kill this season? And, anticipating how the roster might shake out, what's the best way to balance out ice-time and high-pressure, high-leverage minutes?

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FlamesNation Prospect Profile: #10 Brandon Hickey

christian tiberi
August 22 2016 08:00AM

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One of the most interesting Flames prospects in the pool, Brandon Hickey came out of the gates earning comparisons to T.J. Brodie. This year, we tempered our expectations, placing him at #10, three spots down from #7 last year. 

What happened? Let's find out after the jump.

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When should we get nervous about Gaudreau's contract?

Ryan Pike
August 21 2016 10:00AM

It's been over six weeks since Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan officially became restricted free agents – and a year and six weeks since they were eligible to sign new deals – and the hockey world remains patently aware of the fact that only Monahan has signed a new contract with the Calgary Flames.

While various media outlets have been doing their best impression of Kevin Bacon in Animal House – "Remain calm! All is well!" – we here at FlamesNation have been doing our level best to avoid blowing the lack of contract out of proportion.

But Gaudreau is still without a new contract and the 2016-17 National Hockey League season is quietly creeping towards us. When should we start to get concerned about the lack of a deal for Gaudreau?

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How much cap space do the Flames have left?

Ryan Pike
August 20 2016 08:00AM

Sean Monahan has signed a lengthy new contract that will keep him wearing red through 2023. Now that the ink is drying on his deal, Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving can (hopefully) finish up work on Johnny Gaudreau's new deal... while keeping an eye on everyone's favourite thing, the salary cap.

Don't look now, gang, but the Flames will have almost no wiggle room this season regardless of how rich Gaudreau's deal ends up being.

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This is the beginning of Sean Monahan's legacy

Ari Yanover
August 19 2016 03:00PM

At long last, Sean Monahan has signed his second NHL contract. It's a big one, too; with $44.625 million coming his way over the next seven years, he's one of the highest paid players on the Calgary Flames.

He's not the highest paid player per year - that honour goes to Mark Giordano and his $6.75 million cap hit, for now (clock's ticking, Johnny) - but for now, he's usurped the title of highest paid forward from Troy Brouwer.

Monahan will take up $6.375 million on the cap for the next seven seasons. He just edges out fellow 2013 draft pick Nathan MacKinnon, who he's incredibly comparable to. That sets a tone. Gone is the entry-level contract; now it's time to get serious.

Not that he's had too many problems with that in his first three years.

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