July 20 2015 07:59AM
With the Calgary Flames' first arbitration hearing of the summer involving Lance Bouma just two days away, both sides have filed their cases with the League office. As expected, there is a pretty decently-sized gap between the two sides.
In #Flames arbitration case against Lance Bouma, club offers $1.5M, player requests $2.5M.— Tim Wharnsby (@TimWharnsby) July 20, 2015
July 19 2015 11:36AM
The Calgary Flames have seemingly made all the big moves that they have up their sleeves this summer. Michael Frolik and Dougie Hamilton are in the fold, and the bulk of the summer work has thus far involved restricted free agency, arbitration hearings, and the apparent departure of David Wolf back to Europe.
With the team at 42 contracts - two can slide - along with six restricted free agents (including Wolf) to sign, it seems like the team's done their moves this summer. But they also have too many forwards, defenders and goalies on one-way deals (or facing waivers) than they have roster spots.
So something's gotta give, right? So who goes and how?
July 18 2015 11:00AM
The Flames have three restricted free agents who filed for arbitration, and of the three, Paul Byron is both the oldest, and the last to come up. His date is set for July 30, but hopefully, a deal can be in place before then; after all, not only is he the ideal bottom six player, but he's all we have left to remember Robyn Regehr by.
Byron wowed fans this past season by his ability to go on many breakaways, and his inability to score on all but one of them. (It was on Craig Anderson.) He wowed stats nerds with his impressive WOWY numbers, and he wowed grit lovers with his exceptional grit chart scores. In short: he's pretty great.
But throughout it all, Byron has only just recently made the NHL. That, combined with the number of injuries he's gone through, and it can make him seem inconsequential to the Flames' lineup. Is that really the case, though, when we're talking about a player who seems to do all of the little things right, and can fit in just about anywhere, from the first line to the fourth?
Of course the Flames should want to keep Byron. The question is, for how much?
July 17 2015 03:00PM
The unveiling earlier today of Dougie Hamilton and Michael Frolik to the assembled local media masses at the Saddledome raised a few eyebrows, but mostly for reasons pertaining to jersey numbers.
Hamilton was given his old #27, which he wore in Boston. Frolik's sweater was the subject of much speculation and rankle prior to its display; he wore #67 in Winnipeg and given Brian Burke's public distaste for high numbers, most figured he'd have to abandon his old identifier.
So when he was given #67 by Brad Treliving, the presentation included an explanation from the general manager, responding to a question from Sportsnet's Roger Millions regarding the high number given to the newest Flame.
July 17 2015 02:00PM
The Flames kicked off their restricted free agency shenanigans by first qualifying 12 of their 15 possible restricted free agents. Of the 12, Dougie Hamilton immediately signed, Max Reinhart was traded away, David Wolf may not be coming back, and three filed for arbitration.
Of the remaining six players, four accepted their qualifying offers. Interestingly enough, the four - Kenny Agostino, Bill Arnold, Drew Shore, and Bryce Van Brabant - all played college hockey.
Josh Jooris was the only college RFA to not accept his qualifying offer. Although, considering he was the only one of the five to basically spend his entire season with the Flames - we can handwave those first five games he missed out on due to being unfairly cut late in training camp - it makes far more sense for him to go for a bigger contract. And he will, especially with his arbitration date set for July 28.
Jooris is a late bloomer who had a surprising rookie season. How much is that worth?