UFA Profiles - Mayers and McGrattan

Pat Steinberg
June 21 2010 08:46PM

TORONTO, ON - NOVEMBER 14:  Brian McGratton #10 of the Calgary Flames takes a big punch off the nose from Colton Orr #28 of the Toronto Maple Leafs on November 14, 2009 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)


As the draft approaches on Friday, I figured it'd be good to get the final two pending Flames UFA's out of the way.  So far, we've covered Conroy, Higgins and Nystrom, with debate going both ways on each guy.  I think the final two will have much less debate surrounding them, as we move to Jamal Mayers and Brian McGrattan.

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Calgary Flames 2010 Draft Primer

Kent Wilson
June 21 2010 10:47AM



The 2010 NHL Entry Draft is just four days away and although the Flames don't currently possess a top-60 pick, Darryl Sutter has historically been very active on draft day in the past. As such, there's little chance that the Friday/Saturday action will not include Calgary, especially given the Flames urgent need to shore up their prospect ranks and dump some salary.

Flamesnation will endeavor to cover the draft from every possible angle, starting today through till the end of the week. Today we begin with the basics - a Flames draft primer.

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The Back-up Goalie Market

Kent Wilson
June 18 2010 10:57AM

UNIONDALE, NY - FEBRUARY 13: Antero Niittymaki #30 of the Tampa Bay Lightning skates against the New York Islanders on February 13, 2010 at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. The Isles defeated the Lightning 5-4. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)


The surprising Halak to St. Louis trade yesterday was marginally relevant to the Flames in that another team now has a solidified starter heading into next season. Jobs will therefore be even harder come by for this year's UFA goalie crop as a result, which should result in more than a couple of quality puck stoppers looking for work later in the summer.

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UFA Profiles - Eric Nystrom

Pat Steinberg
June 17 2010 09:10AM

UNIONDALE, NY - MARCH 25: Forward Eric Nystrom #23 of the Calgary Flames concentrates on the puck during a face off against the New York Islanders during an NHL game at the Nassau Coliseum on March 25, 2010 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

It's come up in both our previous articles on pending Calgary Flames UFA players (done so far: Craig Conroy and Chris Higgins), so I figure he's probably the next logical guy to profile. For the first time in his career, Flames first rounder Eric Nystrom enters free agency, and his return to Calgary is not necessarily guaranteed.

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Prospect Profiles - Others

Kent Wilson
June 16 2010 05:55PM

COLUMBUS, OH - JUNE 23: 65th overall pick Oliver Fortier of the Montreal Canadiens and 70th overall pick John Negrin of the Calgary Flames sign autographs during the 2007 NHL Entry Draft at Nationwide Arena on June 23, 2007 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)


We've profiled many of the significant Flames prospects over the last few weeks. Here's the rest of the pack, albeit in briefer form.

John Negrin, D

Chosen in the third round in 2007, Negrin is a tall, mobile defender who has some (limited) offensive upside. He scored at a decent enough rate in the WHL, including a career high 49 points in his final season, but never put up the kind of numbers that would lead one to suspect he'll be quarterbacking the power play as a pro.

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