July 25 2015 11:00AM
The biggest news of this past week was the signing of forward Lance Bouma to a new three-year deal. The deal has been seemingly praised and trashed by the local hockey community.
Those praising it typically are pointing at Bouma's on-ice leadership, tenacity and determination, as well as his ability to score key goals, in justifying his $2.2 million cap hit through 2017-18. The main criticisms of the deal tend to fall into the realm of "Well, he's a tremendous role player, but man, that's a lot of money for a bottom-six player..."
I don't mind the deal myself, but it does tighten the noose a bit next summer in terms of managing the salary cap.
July 24 2015 01:30PM
Tick another box off of Brad Treliving's summer "to do" list: he has now locked up Lance Bouma for the next three seasons at a $2.2 million cap hit, giving the fan favourite ball o' grit both term and money for his career year.
Opinions range on this deal from "perfect, Bouma earned it" to "um, this is an overpayment". (At least we can all agree he's certainly not underpaid.)
What does the rest of the NHL have to say on his contract? When Mikael Backlund was re-signed, I looked at a handful of comparables to his cap hit; now, it's time to do the same with Bouma.
July 24 2015 11:55AM
Scratch another item off Brad Treliving's off-season to-do list.
The sophomore Calgary Flames general manager has reportedly inked forward Josh Jooris to a one-year contract, avoiding arbitration with the restricted free agent.
#Flames and Josh Jooris settle for 1 yr deal at $975,000.— Tim Wharnsby (@TimWharnsby) July 24, 2015
Josh Jooris settled with CAL at $975,000— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) July 24, 2015
July 24 2015 11:00AM
Our unofficial statistics week continues here at FlamesNation as we continued to poke the analytics beehive to look at the 2014-15 edition of the Calgary Flames.
Today we look at special teams.
In a way, this is an extension of yesterday's look at scoring chances using War On Ice's figures. By adjusting for differences in ice-time by looking at the Chances Per 60 Minutes rates, we can see who the most and least effective penalty killers and power-play personnel were on the hockey club.
We set a floor of 50 minutes on the ice for the power-play and penalty kill to limit the discussion to regular special teams contributors.
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July 24 2015 07:00AM
What has Kyle Dubas done, Canucks not having a very good summer, do the Flames have a core group, who is the Oilers next captain, free agents still out there and more in this weeks Roundup