Musings on the alternate universe in which the Flames do not sign Jonas Hiller

arii
March 25 2015 11:00AM

This has been one of the more interesting years for Flames goaltending in recent history. Of course, that's a pretty easy feat to accomplish when most of said recent history was watching Miikka Kiprusoff suit up for at least 70 games a season, but still: it's been interesting.

Ryan recently wrote on Bob Hartley's tendency to spot the goalie with the hot hand and ride him endlessly. Right now, that goalie is Karri Ramo. But with Jonas Hiller having started 39 games this season to Ramo's 29 - not to mention the fact that Ramo has been pulled for Hiller's relief way more often than vice versa - Hiller has been an absolutely crucial part of the team's goaltending this season. Hell, he's been an absolutely crucial part of the team overall. Jonas Hiller was the best thing the Flames did on July 1, 2014.

So, what if they hadn't gotten him?

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Age Gaps and Calgary's Transformation

Ryan Pike
March 25 2015 09:34AM

The signing by the Calgary Flames of college free agent Kenney Morrison the other day got me thinking about the players the Flames have under contract for next season, and the age groups represented in that grouping.

So with a bunch of moves probably coming in the off-season, let's see where things stand.

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Calgary Flames RFAs - NHL

Kent Wilson
March 24 2015 01:30PM

It's been a long time since the Flames were a real threat to make the post-season. It's been an even longer time since anyone could say the club had an above average collection of young players and prospects. Both are true of Calgary currently, which is encouraging at this point in the rebuild.

But it also means the club will have to make some tough decisions on some of the kids this coming off-season. Not only will they be adding to the professional depth when guys like Sam Bennett, Jon Gillies, Keegan Kanzig and Morgan Klimchuk likely turn pro, the organization also has 15 pending RFA's in the NHL and AHL level to sign, trade or walk away from. 

Here's a look at the Flames soon to be free agents, with an eye to who they should keep, how much it will cost and who the team may cut bait with. We'll start with the main guys on the parent squad.

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Friedman: Flames Interested In College UFA Kyle Baun

Ryan Pike
March 24 2015 12:00PM

Another weekly edition of Elliotte Friedman's 30 Thoughts column over at the Sportsnet site has, as usual, resulted in some interesting Calgary Flames information.

Per Friedman, the Flames are reportedly looking to dip into the college free agent pool once again.

As of Monday night it was not 100 per cent certain Colgate forward Kyle Baun will forego his senior season to join an NHL roster, although teams would be surprised if he didn’t. He’s still sorting through offers, with a few Canadian clubs (Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Winnipeg) interested. We should have a better idea of his future Tuesday afternoon.

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This & That: 5 Thoughts On The Baby Flames

Mike Cadarette
March 24 2015 11:00AM

It's that time of the season where BOTH teams are ramping up for a playoff push. Never thought I'd say that again. Feels good, man.

This week, there are a whole bunch of story lines surrounding the Adirondack Flames, so I dove into a few topics to briefly discuss some of the more interesting tidbits Flames fans should know about.

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