Flames bringing in Jamie Devane on PTO

Ari Yanover
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.

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.

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Does "buying UFA years" drive up cap hits?

Ryan Pike
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?

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FlamesNation Prospect Profile: #14 Dillon Dube

Byron Bader
August 16 2016 08:00AM

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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.

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Flames re-sign Tyler Wotherspoon

Kent Wilson
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. 

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3 ways NHL teams can get more data driven

Kent Wilson
August 15 2016 12:00PM

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"Inculcating a data-driven culture is...fundamental. What do we mean by data-driven? Most every company in the world today depends on data. But the vast majority of them use data in retrospect, to understand history, not to drive decisions ...

When we say data-driven, we're talking about companies that operationalize data."

- Winning With Data

The NHL isn't the only business experiencing seismic ripples and paradigmatic shifts in the information age. The time of "Big Data" is upon us, driven by mass adoption of powerful communication technologies. There's deep wells of information everywhere for those who care to look, waiting to be plumbed for valuable insights and new efficiencies. 

Of course, access to information is necessary but not sufficient when it comes to operationalizing data in an organization or business. NHL teams have begun to dip their toe in the "advanced stats" pool, but are no doubt encountering challenges in effectively leveraging the various analyst bloggers who have been scooped up in the past year or two. It's one thing to bolt on a "stats consultant" to existing organizational structures and quite another to integrate empirical processes from top to bottom. 

I recently read the book Winning With Data by Tomasz Tunguz and Frank Bien. In it, Tunguz and Bien lay out a roadmap for successfully operationalizing data, as well as the many roadblocks businesses often encounter in trying to become more empirical. 

Here are three key insights I discovered in Winning With Data that could help NHL clubs become truly data driven.

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