February 16 2017 04:00PM
We're just under two weeks away from the trade deadline, so the hope is that things will kick into gear soon. The expansion draft really complicates things, but there's still bound to be movement at the deadline as teams gear up for the playoffs.
Hopefully the Flames will be one of those teams that makes the dance, but in case they're not, then hopefully anything they do at the deadline will help their future, too.
Before they acquired Brian Elliott and Chad Johnson, Marc-Andre Fleury was reportedly one of the goalies they were looking in on. They passed. But neither Elliott nor Johnson has exactly panned out, and so apparently, it's... back to Fleury? At least according to Sportsnet, it very well might be.
To which I would just like to say: no.
February 16 2017 12:31PM
As expected in preparation for the NHL Expansion Draft on June 21, the Calgary Flames made a further step to solidifying who they'll be protecting and exposing. It just looks like Matt Bartkowski, who signed a two-year, two-way contract today, will be the sacrificial lamb for June.
Still, though, it's a positive sign that the organization is planning ahead - carefully I might add - about how and who is potentially Vegas bound.
UPDATE: $612,000 AAV via CapFriendly.
February 16 2017 10:00AM
The arrival of defenseman Matt Bartkowski on a professional tryout deal is an interesting development when it comes to the Calgary Flames. The 28-year-old American is the textbook definition of a "tweener" defenseman, having played about as many games in the National Hockey League as the American Hockey League.
His recruitment from a steady job with the AHL's Providence Bruins could have several implications moving forward, both in the immediate and not-too-distant future.
February 16 2017 08:00AM
I'd kinda forgotten what it was like to be on the right side of a goalie completely stealing a win for his team.
February 16 2017 07:00AM
This is a four-part series analyzing where each NHL teams stands heading into the trade deadline based on the context of each division, and the short- and long-term implications of buying or selling with the expansion draft around the corner.
The decline of both the St. Louis Blues and Dallas Stars coupled with the Chicago Blackhawks likely being trigger shy due to multiple years of buying at the deadline has given the Minnesota Wild a perfect opportunity to thrust themselves to the top of the Central Division standings. Their biggest competition has been the underachieving Nashville Predators, who are one piece away from being a legitimate contender. And that piece could be held by the worst team in the division, the Colorado Avalanche.