August 27 2014 12:04PM
The usual small bit of mid-week apprehension has slightly dissipated, as the Calgary Flames have announced the signing of forward Lance Bouma to a one-year contract.
It was the final piece of business left before the Flames begin rookie camp on September 11. No terms were immediately available beyond the one-year term. We're left to presume it's a "show-me" contract similar to that signed by Paul Byron, if only because that would make some sense.
August 27 2014 08:30AM
Last November, the Calgary Flames made their second-ever trade with the hated Edmonton Oilers. While their first trade (done during the down-slide of Darryl Sutter's GM tenure) was basically not very good - getting Steve Staios for Aaron Johnson and a 3rd rounder (used for Travis Ewanyk) - the second one was better for Calgary.
Calgary traded Roman Horak and Laurent Brossoit for Ladislav Smid and Olivier Roy. Smid was one of Edmonton's better defenders. Once he arrived in Calgary, he was slotted into a bottom-pairing role and was used a lot on the penalty-kill. While his offense was virtually non-existent, he did turn into a pretty solid mentor for Tyler Wotherspoon before going down with an injury.
What can we expect from Smid in 2014-15?
August 27 2014 08:17AM
I knew something was up when we recorded a new podcast last night and there was no major NHL news to report. Usually when that happens something goes kablooey the second we upload it. Low and behold, apparently the NHL is close to expanding by four teams, including another one in Toronto, by 2017.
August 26 2014 01:30PM
The Calgary Flames signed winger Devin Setoguchi earlier this week.
Setoguchi has had a weird career, production-wise. He was the 8th overall pick in 2005 by the San Jose Sharks, after a nearly point-per-game season in the WHL (and a point-per-game performance at the World Under-18s). After a productive junior career, he went pro and went CRAZY in his first full season in San Jose.
He scored 31 goals in 2008-09 (as a 22 year old). But he played primarily with Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton, so heck, a lot of players would've scored that much with those guys. But it's not like he was thrown to the wolves.
Outside of that season, he has been much less productive.
August 26 2014 08:30AM
That goal was sweet. Kris Russell, outta nowhere! (in fact, that would be a fitting title of a novella written about his 2013-14 season). Ending that 2810481 year jinx in Chicago was nice and that got a win for Reto Berra, which didn't happen often.
It is fair to say that Kris Russell has far-exceeded the expectations of someone acquired for a fifth round pick. After a strong start to last season, Russell was rewarded with a two-year extension that brings him under contract until 2016-17 at a very reasonable $2.6 million per season.
Russell has a surprisingly good history of driving possession but played more last year than ever before in his career and his possession numbers suffered. Perhaps the Flames simply asked too much of Russell last season and weren't able to shelter him enough. Let's see what we should expect from Russell this season