August 17 2016 08:00AM
In our 2015 prospect profiles, Emile Poirier came third in our voting. A lot has changed over the past year, though: from another good draft, to some solid trades, to, quite frankly, a poor season by him. It's all come together to see him come in a lot lower.
Perhaps gone are the raised expectations. That's no cause for concern just yet, though: Poirier is only 21 years old, and still has two more years on his entry level deal. While it may seem as though time is running out - and the clock is definitely ticking, as it is on pretty much everyone - there's no cause for panic.
Poirier comes in at #13 in this year's FlamesNation Prospect Profile.
August 16 2016 04:21PM
Halfway through August, the Flames are getting work done. Yesterday, they finally re-signed Tyler Wotherspoon; today, they're... bringing in Jamie Devane.
Flames are bringing in Jamie Devane on a PTO. There's a Brian Burke connection there given he was a Leafs pick.— James Mirtle (@mirtle) August 16, 2016
While we wait for Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan (and Freddie Hamilton, for that matter) deals to get done, the Flames do still have other areas to see to. They aren't all as crucial, but the little areas of adding to a team build up.
This is probably not one of those moves, but it's something. Devane is a 25-year-old, 6'5, 220 lb. left winger who scored 11 points in 62 AHL games last season.
August 16 2016 12:00PM
One common phrase that's popped up during the interminable wait for the contract extensions for Calgary Flames wünderkinds Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan is "buying UFA years." The concept is this: in a player's first contract after their entry-level deal there are two kinds of deals, short-term "bridges" and long-term deals. The theory is that as a contract goes longer and stretches into the years in which that player would otherwise be an unrestricted free agent (UFA), the deal's cap hit will go up.
But is that what actually happens? And more precisely, does the number of UFA years covered in a post entry-level deal make much of a difference?
August 16 2016 08:00AM
Coming in at #14 on FN's Top Prospects of 2016 is a center: Dillon Dube of the Kelowna Rockets, a second round selection (56th overall) of the Flames in this past draft.
August 15 2016 12:55PM
It's not exactly the free agent signing(s) Flames fans are waiting for, but the team announced today they have re-inked 23-year-old defender Tyler Wotherspoon. According to the team site, the contract is a one-year, two-way deal, which is to be expected for a guy entering the "prove it" phase of his young career.