July 17 2015 11:00AM
The Calgary Flames took their time getting to the podium at the 2015 Draft. After trading away their first round selection in a deal for Dougie Hamilton, they finally made a pick at 53rd overall. Their pick? Someone that appeared all over rankings and preliminary mock drafts before the event: Swedish import defenseman Rasmus Andersson of the Barrie Colts.
While Andersson was rated 93rd among North American skaters by Central Scouting - making his selection at 53rd overall somewhat of a reach - the Flames seemed to value many of his qualities. Among them? He's a right-handed shot, he's played pro hockey in Sweden, and he's made the leap to North America on a good team in a good league without losing a step.
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July 17 2015 07:00AM
Kesler's new contract and the Dave Nonis effect, Leafs salary cap situation, Flames new guys provide more options, what the numbers predict for Vancouver next season, Oilers interested in Seabrook, have no one to blame but themselves for Justin Schultz and more in this week's Roundup.
July 16 2015 01:00PM
Ah, arbitration, or: that time general managers try to make their players cry. Hopefully there will be no tears through the Flames' rounds, especially because hopefully there will be no arbitration hearings at all. First up for Calgary? Lance Bouma, whose date is set for July 22.
Bouma is probably the Flames' most controversial restricted free agent, and it's only gotten more intense since he filed for salary arbitration. While Josh Jooris and Paul Byron are relatively easy to agree upon - both useful enough players, but not exactly big scorers, and should receive modest deals - Bouma's most recent season complicates things.
Recency bias plays in Bouma's favour, as he spent the second half of the 2014-15 season playing in the top six. He tripled his goal output from the 2013-14 season, and more than doubled his points. He's big, he's gritty, he hits and he blocks shots, all the while taking on those tough defensive zone starts.
In short: he's a useful player to have. With Bouma's filing for arbitration, though, a new question arises: for all his uses and sudden, unanticipated improvements from one season to the next, just how much should his new contract be?
July 16 2015 11:04AM
After a flurry of signing news yesterday in the organization, reports out of Germany today are suggesting that perhaps a Calgary Flames player is returning from whence they came.
According to a report in the Hamburger Abendblatt (the Hamburg Evening Newspaper), David Wolf has rejected Calgary's last contract offer - their qualifying offer which expired yesterday - and is mulling a return home.
July 16 2015 11:00AM
Riley Bruce was an interesting pick for the Calgary Flames at 196th overall in last month's NHL Draft.
He's big. The team seems to value big players, particularly on the blueline, with the hope that one will turn into something special. Now they have a stable of towering players with names like Keegan Kanzig, Adam Ollas Mattsson and now Riley Bruce. Compared to his organizational teammates, he's still pretty lanky and has a lot of room to pack muscle onto his 6'6" frame.