Reasonable Expectations: Deryk Engelland

Taylor McKee
August 28 2014 08:53AM

The Flames did their best to make a splash on July 1st this year. Signing Mason Raymond and Jonas Hiller were both moves that were widely applauded as sensible pickups for decent dollar amounts. However, there was a third signing that fateful day. 

The Flames signed Engelland for three years and an average of $2.9 million per (about 400k more than Glencross will be making this year btw) in a move that was largely regarded as one of the biggest head-scratchers of the day. 

If not just out of a masochistic desire to pick scabs, lets let's get to meet Deryk (sic) Engelland!

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Inaugural (AHL) Flames Sked A Great Improvement

Ryan Pike
August 27 2014 01:30PM

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The American Hockey League released its schedule for the 2014-15 season today, and in a great big shocker, the schedule of the Calgary Flames' AHL farm team was greatly improved by taking all that money from the city of Abbotsford and moving closer to the rest of the league's teams.

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All Is Well: Flames Re-Sign Lance Bouma

Ryan Pike
August 27 2014 12:04PM

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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.

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Reasonable Expectations: Ladislav Smid

Ryan Pike
August 27 2014 08:30AM

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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?

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NHL Expanding by four teams?!? Maybe, apparently.

Steve Dangle
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.

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