The Gamble That is Jiri Hudler

Kent Wilson
August 08 2012 11:05AM



The Detroit Red Wings bled a lot of talent this summer: Niklas Lidstrom retired, Brad Stuart was traded and Tomas Holmstrom is likely to pull the chute on his long career as well.

Which is why its surpising to see Holland and company let the 28-year old Jiri Hudler walk after a career high 25-goal season. Not only that, Hulder was the Red Wings 5th highest scorer last year with 50-points, well clear of 6th placed Todd Bertuzzi at 38. Notably, money wasn't really an issue in this instance - the Wings have about $14M in cap space and Hudler's contract with the Flames was relatively modest by UFA frenzy standards: $4M/year for four years.

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Ferland charged with assault

Ryan Pike
August 07 2012 06:34PM


News broke this afternoon that Calgary Flames prospect Michael Ferland has been charged with one count of assault and one count of aggravated assault related to an incident late last month in Cochrane, Alberta, according to the Calgary Sun. Ferland was allegedly involved in an altercation outside of a Cochrane bar on July 29th and is now facing charges relating to that altercation.

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2012-13 Reasonable Expectations: Sven Baertschi

Kent Wilson
August 07 2012 10:09AM



It's been a long time since the Flames had a forward prospect enter the season with this much hype. Calgary hasn't had a kid up front jump directly to the bigs from junior since Jarome Iginla did it in 1996-97.

Sven Baertschi hasn't made the big roster yet, but after scoring two points-per-game in the WHL and managing three goals in five outing during his cup of coffee in the show, all arrows point to the 19-year old skipping his apprenticeship in the AHL and donning the Flaming "C" right away.

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Latest at the Hockey Writers: a look at the Heat's roster

Ryan Pike
August 07 2012 06:41AM



Last season, the Calgary Flames went into training camp with the majority of their roster spots spoken for. But between a laundry list of injuries and some under-performance by established players, the parent club of the American Hockey League’s Abbotsford Heat went to the farm for players very, very often.

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Random Thoughts - The Irving Compromise

Kent Wilson
August 06 2012 11:47AM



I spent a lot of time in airports and on airplanes during my jaunt to and from the East Coast over the past two weeks, so I have had a lot of time on my hands to ruminate on a few things. I took an Ipad on the trip which is why my comments cropped up from time to time here - it's a great omnitool for traveling, but is somewhat limiting when it comes to writing anything longer than a few sentences.

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