Weekend Open Thread: Race to The Cap Floor

Ryan Pike
May 10 2014 09:15AM

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A good many people, myself included, have spent the first part of spring actively contemplating the future of Dennis Wideman.

It's no small wonder. To be charitable, he didn't have a good season. To be blunt, he wasn't very good at all. We'll dig into the team-wide possession stats a bit next week, but let me spoil it for you: however you slice it, Wideman wildly under-performed.

He's also making more than any Flame not named Mike Cammalleri, and he's on the richest deal on the books for next season. He's been floated out there as a prime compliance buyout candidate, as who wants a third-pairing blueliner making $5.25 million on the books?

Well, probably these guys might.

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May 09 2014 03:40PM


The playoffs are well under way as is the Nation Drafts playoffs pool, and it seems as though there are new names on the leaderboard every week.  Either that's a sign that we're all geniuses or that the players we've chosen are choking at all world levels.  You'd have to think, at this point, anyone that picked Rick Nash is about ready to punch him in the mouth, right? In the very least, Nash has more opportunity to score than my champion pick Chris Kelly! Although, Rick Nash only has 4 assists which is not too far off from Chris Kelly's broken leg production. LONG LIVE CHRIS KELLY!

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Byron Bader
May 09 2014 08:30AM


-via Dave Shaver

The NHL draft is one of the most important parts of any NHL team’s year. It is a team’s opportunity to pick up players that, down the road, may turn into franchise cornerstones or at least pieces that will them be successful. Unlike free agency or trades, the draft is an opportunity to add pivotal assets at basically no charge, with the added bonus of (likely) having the player through his prime playing years.

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Five things: What will summer hold?

Ryan Lambert
May 08 2014 10:30AM


1. What do the Flames need most?

With Brad Treliving now having completed his whirlwind media tour to assure the world that the Flames are going to be run competently, and the team having already put its farm club in Glens Falls (I have a hilarious note on that in a minute), the focus now turns to the coming draft and beyond.

Treliving, as any new GM of a team in full and bald-faced rebuild mode would, takes the gig with a lot of stuff already sitting on his plate. The first of these, I think, is the most evident is addressing the Flames' NHL roster for the coming season, for a couple of reasons.

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A Flames Guide to the World Championships

Ryan Pike
May 08 2014 08:15AM

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The Calgary Flames missed the playoffs. The Abbotsford Heat have already been knocked out. The only Flames prospects currently playing are with the ECHL's Alaska Aces. But that doesn't mean that hockey is over.

Nope. It's time for the World Hockey Championships.

Known rather tongue-in-cheek as "the Olympics for players that aren't hurt or in the playoffs," this year's Worlds are unique in that a lot of fresh faces are playing for the first time. The reason? It's an Olympic year, and a lot of players that normally would be playing in the tournament have a ton of mileage on their bodies and have opted out.

Their loss is somebody else's gain, though.

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