February 12 2015 01:00PM
We're rapidly approaching the NHL's trade deadline - March 2 at 1pm MT - and one thing that's on everybody's mind is the salary cap. (And lunch.)
But mostly the cap. It's at $69 million US right now, and the escalation of the cap is dependent on where the Canadian dollar lands, or is expected to be, considering that a lot of league revenues are paid in Canadian dollars. At the All-Star Game, Gary Bettman indicated a general scale of escalation based on the Canadian dollar's value, and that places the cap at around $71.7 million US next season if there's an 80-cent dollar (and it moves up or down about a quarter-million with each cent).
I don't think the Flames are too worried about where the cap wiggles to for next season.
February 12 2015 11:00AM
In the second deal of the day for the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday, the Sabres sent goaltender Jhonas Enroth to the Dallas Stars in exchange for goalie Anders Lindback and a conditional third round selection in this year's draft.
The Enroth swap may indicate a general value for goaltenders that could provide an idea of what Karri Ramo could net, if traded.
February 12 2015 09:00AM
1. Tonight, tonight
While one would normally hesitate to call any game in mid-February "a big one," tonight's game at Los Angeles is about as big as a mid-February game is likely to get.
The Flames are holding on somewhat comfortably to that playoff spot of theirs, and prior to last night's games were tied for second in the division, which no one thought possible for Feb. 11 way back in September. They keep winning, but San Jose (albeit with two extra games played after Wednesday's tilt with Washington) and Vancouver (still holding a game in hand following the Chicago matchup) are hovering close; that seems like it's shaping up to be a three-horse race the rest of the way, and that's if everything goes ideally for the Flames.
February 11 2015 03:00PM
The big news of the day in the hockey world is the blockbuster trade between the Winnipeg Jets and Buffalo Sabres. Not only is it a big thing for both of the teams involved, but it also has a ripple effect across the remainder of the National Hockey League.
The Jets added towering young defender Tyler Myers, a player long thought on the trade block for the right price. The Flames are among many, many teams in a precarious position. Not only do the Flames likely want to make a move to counter the Jets big move and keep their team competitive in the Western playoff race, but Myers suddenly being off the market likely drives up the price for every other secondary defender on the market.
So, if you're the Flames, What Do You Do?
February 11 2015 01:00PM
So here it is. I think the Calgary Flames should trade for Jeff Petry. What’s that I hear you say?
“Here we go, another Oilers fan trying to pawn off dysfunctional players on the Flames”
No, not at all. In fact, quite the opposite.
Let’s start by taking a look
at the player and see if we can gauge where he fits on the Oilers and then try
to translate that to comparable players around the league, adjusting for team
differences. Once we’ve done that we can then see if he would translate as a
net gain for the Flames were he to be added.