June 29 2015 06:00AM
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The free-agent pool for 2015 lacks a complete defenseman but does offer a substantial offensive player in Mike Green. The Washington Capitals blue liner has majestic career stats that tower over most of the free agents available and he is one of the 10 best offensive producers from the 2004 entry draft. He turns 30 in October, is close to 600 NHL games in his career, and posted 45 points in 2014-15 for the Caps. What is Mike Green's actual value, and how far is that number from what he'll get? The mind boggles.
June 28 2015 04:00PM
After a pretty wild draft weekend, National Hockey League teams get back to business on Monday. Qualifying offers for pending restricted free agents are due in the league office by 5pm ET (3pm MT), and teams begin to shuffle the deck in preparation for the frenzy of unrestricted free agency on July 1.
For what tomorrow means, why it's significant, and why it may hold some intrigue for the Calgary Flames, here's a quick and dirty primer.
June 28 2015 02:30PM
With the NHL Draft in the rear-view mirror, Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman's 30 Thoughts provided its usual blend of insight and intrigue. Most relevant in Calgary Flames circles? The circumstances of Dougie Hamilton's exit from Beantown, apparently related to his contract desires.
I’m more curious about practical analysis, as in, what does this tell us about the new regime? One GM compared it to “Harry Sinden running the team again.” What he meant was Hamilton and Milan Lucic made contract asks the Bruins didn’t like, and rather than doing much negotiating, pulled the trigger.
To be fair, Don Sweeney was up against a July 1 offer sheet possibility, although not with Lucic.
The best information I can give you is it appears the team offered six years and $33M to Hamilton, while the response was about $2M per year higher.
Sometimes, we get caught up in initial proposals. Any good negotiator will tell you to exaggerate your opening position.
June 28 2015 01:00PM
The Flames organization made one of its most significant trades in the last decade when they acquired Dougie Hamilton at the draft this weekend. The 22-year old defender is already one of the best defenders in the game and figures to help anchor Calgary's blueline with TJ Brodie as the club emerges from rebuilder into contender.
I began digging around in Hamilton's background and numbers. Here's a few things worth knowing about the newest Flame.
June 28 2015 11:00AM
Come the morning of June 26, I thought I was going to have a relaxing day. Look after the dogs, watch out for any rumours, maybe take a nap before going to McMahon and watching the Stamps home opener. My plan there was to follow the draft on my phone, say, "Huh, neat," when the Flames made their 15th overall selection, and go back to concentrating on football.
That didn't happen. The part about watching out for rumours ended up taking over.
That wasn't all, though. There are usually a couple of names you have your eye on that fall out of the first round, and you cross your fingers that they'll be there when it's your team's turn in the second. And that's exactly what ended up happening to Calgary.
It was a whirlwind 24 hours that resulted in a sharp upswing in the Flames' fortunes, and it's still hard to believe it actually happened.