February 03 2016 08:00AM
Sportsnet guru Elliotte Friedman pens 30 Thoughts every week. It almost always has interesting tidbits. This week's edition was rather heavy on Calgary Flames discussion, with his "feature" section focusing on Dennis Wideman's hearing with the National Hockey League's Hockey Operations department.
But Friedman also had a couple thoughts related to the Flames as it regards to the trade market.
February 02 2016 03:00PM
When Dennis Wideman crosschecked linesman Don Henderson in the Flames' final game before the All-Star break, it almost seemed like an afterthought that it had even happened. There was no immediate reaction to it at all. Wideman wasn't penalized, and he wasn't removed from the game, whether by means of game misconduct or a simple check to make sure that everything was okay upstairs.
Because players never check linesmen. Not the way Wideman did. An accidental collision is one thing; raising your stick to nail an official in the back and send him to the ice for whatever reason - if there even was one - is something else entirely, and something you aren't going to escape punishment on.
Here's the thing, though: we still have no idea just how long Wideman will be suspended for. His disciplinary hearing - which lasted nearly two hours - is over, but we still don't have a concrete number of games for which he'll be suspended.
Wideman is suspended indefinitely, so even if we don't have a number tonight - and Chris Johnston suspects we won't - he still won't be in the lineup for the Flames' return to action tomorrow night against the Carolina Hurricanes.
It's probably a good bet Wideman will get at least one game (probably more, really), so the timing of the matter doesn't really affect the Flames - except it does, when determining how they want to handle this. Wideman will counts as a roster player during his suspension, which would leave the Flames with just six available defencemen, and possibly some complications with that.
Here's what they can do.
February 02 2016 10:40AM
With Micheal Ferland's impending return and the Flames set to be at 24 roster players, including 15 forwards with him, somebody would have to be sent down.
Mason Raymond, who has not come even close to living up to his three-year, $3.15 million AAV contract, drew the short straw, as the Flames have placed him on waivers. Raymond was previously waived back in October, before the season began, and went unclaimed. With just four goals and one assist this season, it's unlikely anybody claims him now.
With the Flames needing that roster spot for Ferland, it's almost a guarantee Raymond gets sent down to Stockton, which will provide the Flames with a bit of cap relief ($950K, to be precise). It also means it looks like Markus Granlund is here to stay.
February 02 2016 08:00AM
In the Flames proposed funding model for the CalgaryNEXT arena project, they included a public contribution in the amount of $250 million from a "CRL" or Community Revitalization Levy. Also called Tax Increment Financing (TIF), CRL's are employed by municipalities as a way to finance redevelopment of blighted areas.
Contrary to what you might hear from the Flames and their boosters, CRL's are not "found money" for a city. In infrastructure funding, as in anything, there's no free lunch. In fact, CRL's are complex long term gambles cities take that come with attendant risks and consequences.
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February 02 2016 07:00AM
In an effort to keep fans aware of the comings and goings of the other teams in the
Smythe Pacific Division… The fine folks at The Royal Half have created the Pacific War Room… a wrap-up of the past week in the Pacific from some of the best and brightest bloggers who cover Pacific Division teams. In order of the Pacific Division standings… we present the Pacific War Room!