June 28 2016 01:00PM
Know the pic quality is awful but Kekalainen, Chiarelli and Treliving are all talking together now pic.twitter.com/rpOBICc826— Mike Halford (@HalfordPHT) June 24, 2016
For about a 90 minute stretch on Friday afternoon right before the first pick of the 2016 NHL Draft, Flames twitter was losing its collective mind.
With hype of a potential trade up to third overall and right into the promised land of Jesse Puljujarvi, Flames GM Brad Treliving and Columbus GM Jarmo Kekalainen were having long, involved discussions every 10 minutes (or at least, it felt like that). It surely had to be about the pick.
June 28 2016 11:23AM
At the 2016 NHL Draft, the Flames picked up two European players: Linus Lindstrom at 96th overall, and Eetu Tuulola at 156th.
Lindstrom was not at the draft; Tuulola was. What's more, he came on his own: no family, just his agent. He sounded like someone absolutely committed to one day playing in the NHL (maybe even this upcoming season; "everything is possible in this life") - and while there's nothing wrong with continuing to play in Finland, he now has the option to play in a league much closer to the Flames.
The Everett Silvertips took Tuulola 40th overall in the CHL Import Draft.
As for Lindstrom, his not being drafted isn't a worry; if he simply wants to stay in Sweden, then CHL teams wouldn't select him.
June 28 2016 08:00AM
The Flames, for all the good they've been doing so far this off-season, still have an incomplete team. They've taken steps to rectify that: maybe Matthew Tkachuk starts off as an NHLer, maybe Alex Chiasson is in fact a worthwhile pickup.
But their roster, as things currently stand, is incomplete. The Flames only qualified four of 13 restricted free agents yesterday, leaving previous mainstays in the forward corps without a contract. Joe Colborne and Josh Jooris are left, for the time being, without a team.
They're still options, though, as are some kids still in the minors. But Chiasson hadn't really been an option before yesterday, when the Ottawa Senators were ready to let him go to unrestricted free agency, and the Flames picked him up for cheap instead.
So let's take a look at who the other Chiassons out there might be. The Flames won't have the cap space to go after any big fish - but that doesn't mean they won't find value fish instead.
June 27 2016 05:50PM
In a development that you can file under "Things That Make Me Go Hmmm...," the Calgary Hitmen revealed today in a press release that Calgary Flames prospect Pavel Karnaukhov has signed with CSKA Moscow (Central Red Army) of the Kontinental Hockey League.
Incidentally, the press release that had this information was sent out to remind media of tomorrow's Canadian Hockey League Import Draft. The Hitmen have two import spots to fill (due to the departure of Karnaukhov and Philadelphia Flyers prospect Radel Fazleev) and two import draft picks, while the Flames drafted two players over the weekend (Sweden's Linus Lindstrom and Finland's Eetu Tuulola) that could be up for grabs in that draft.
June 27 2016 03:49PM
Today is the deadline to qualify restricted free agents. The Flames had 13 going into this date, and therefore, 13 decisions to make.
Those decisions appear to have been made - and at first glance, there seem to be cuts across the board.
Sean Monahan, Johnny Gaudreau, Tyler Wotherspoon, and Freddie Hamilton have all been qualified.
Joe Colborne, Josh Jooris, Joni Ortio, Kenny Agostino, Bill Arnold, Turner Elson, Drew Shore, Bryce Van Brabant, and Kevin Poulin have not. They are set to become unrestricted free agents on July 1.