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May 15 2015 06:45AM


Todd McLellan and Oilers real close, will there be an Eakins and Leafs reunion, Flames season recap and stockpile of draft picks, Eddie Lack could be on the move, summer plans, NHL draft, free agency, playoffs and more in this weeks Roundup brought to you by DraftKings.

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2014-15 By The Numbers: #5 Mark Giordano

Ryan Pike
May 14 2015 03:00PM

Mark Giordano nearly won the Norris this season.

If not for a bizarre injury three-quarters through the season in New Jersey, which saw his bicep torn off the bone, Giordano would've probably been crowned the NHL's top defender. Instead, he remains uncrowned despite two stellar partial seasons.

But just how good was Giordano this season? (Spoiler: pretty damn good.)

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General manager for a year, it's time for Brad Treliving to establish his own identity

May 14 2015 01:00PM

When Brad Treliving first came on as the Flames' GM, there was immediate speculation that he would ultimately be a puppet for President of Hockey Operations Brian Burke. It made perfect sense to the conspiracy theorist, after all: Burke is a very well-known name in hockey, and he has a reputation for being rather vocal, headstrong, and getting his way.

So despite claims from Burke that he just wanted to step away and let Treliving do his job, there was a questioning air around the rookie GM every time a move was made. It was especially strong at the start of his tenure, but as the season went on and not a lot happened, it gradually began to fade.

With the Flames' season over, and Treliving' postseason presser with it, he seems to be firmly in the driver's seat.

Now that he's out of Burke's shadow, this off-season will be crucial in establishing Treliving's identity. 

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2014-15 By The Numbers: #4 Kris Russell

Ryan Pike
May 14 2015 11:00AM

If there's one player whose stock rose a ton internally this year, it was Kris Russell.

A newly-minted alternate captain, Russell was relied upon heavily this season in his pairing with Dennis Wideman - especially with the thinness of the blueline's third pairing all-year (and moreso when Mark Giordano went down). When things got scary and uncertainty swirled around, Russell and Wideman were there to give the team some stability.

But was Russell as good as he appeared?

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5 things: The Giordano situation

Ryan Lambert
May 14 2015 09:00AM

1. Stating the obvious

It was no surprise — to anyone, you'd hope — that Brad Treliving said on pack-up day that his big job this summer was getting Mark Giordano re-signed. And that's smart and it makes sense because you don't want the pall of that contract situation looming over the entirety of next season.

Giordano would have won the Norris two years running if he hadn't gotten hurt, because he's been exceptional in all parts of the ice for about 120 games. That he got hurt has been extremely damaging to his club, and his ability to pile up awards that should by rights be his. There's no question that he's been one of the league's two or three best defensemen on the balance of these last two seasons, even having missed a quarter of that time.

But as I wrote in my big wrap-up of the Flames' season and what they're potentially going to do this summer, I'm not sure about extending him long-term.

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