Flames hire former Coyotes GM Don Maloney as pro scout

Mike FAIL
August 17 2016 03:17PM

The Arizona/Phoenix connection that Brad Treliving has continues as the Calgary Flames added former-Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney to the scouting staff as a pro scout. Maloney served as the Coyotes' GM from 2007 until the end of this past season.

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Report: Johnny Gaudreau Will Play in World Cup

Kent Wilson
August 17 2016 12:37PM

According to SportsNet today, Johnny Gaudreau confirmed he will participate in the upcoming World Cup competition, whether or not he has a contract in place with the Flames. They report Gaudreau purchased additional insurance to cover himself during the tournament.

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FlamesNation Prospect Profile: #13 Emile Poirier

Ari Yanover
August 17 2016 08:00AM

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In our 2015 prospect profiles, Emile Poirier came third in our voting. A lot has changed over the past year, though: from another good draft, to some solid trades, to, quite frankly, a poor season by him. It's all come together to see him come in a lot lower.

Perhaps gone are the raised expectations. That's no cause for concern just yet, though: Poirier is only 21 years old, and still has two more years on his entry level deal. While it may seem as though time is running out - and the clock is definitely ticking, as it is on pretty much everyone - there's no cause for panic.

Poirier comes in at #13 in this year's FlamesNation Prospect Profile.

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Flames bringing in Jamie Devane on PTO

Ari Yanover
August 16 2016 04:21PM

Halfway through August, the Flames are getting work done. Yesterday, they finally re-signed Tyler Wotherspoon; today, they're... bringing in Jamie Devane.

While we wait for Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan (and Freddie Hamilton, for that matter) deals to get done, the Flames do still have other areas to see to. They aren't all as crucial, but the little areas of adding to a team build up. 

This is probably not one of those moves, but it's something. Devane is a 25-year-old, 6'5, 220 lb. left winger who scored 11 points in 62 AHL games last season.

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Does "buying UFA years" drive up cap hits?

Ryan Pike
August 16 2016 12:00PM

One common phrase that's popped up during the interminable wait for the contract extensions for Calgary Flames wünderkinds Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan is "buying UFA years." The concept is this: in a player's first contract after their entry-level deal there are two kinds of deals, short-term "bridges" and long-term deals. The theory is that as a contract goes longer and stretches into the years in which that player would otherwise be an unrestricted free agent (UFA), the deal's cap hit will go up.

But is that what actually happens? And more precisely, does the number of UFA years covered in a post entry-level deal make much of a difference?

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