Why Dennis Wideman is still a Flame (for now)

Embed from Getty Images The National Hockey League’s buyout window has now officially closed and despite public pleading from many on social media, and some pleading from this very site, Dennis Wideman will remain a member of the Calgary Flames. Well, for now, at least. The 33-year-old right-shooting blueliner had a rough year last season,…

Brad Treliving on July 1: a retrospective

Embed from Getty Images Friday is July 1, best known in Calgary Flames circles as Jarome Iginla’s birthday, Canada Day, and the onset of the National Hockey League free agent signing period. It’s the third July 1 as general manager for Brad Treliving as well. What can we expect from the festivities? Here’s a brief…

A snapshot of the Flames organizational depth chart

Embed from Getty Images The Calgary Flames have done some moving and/or shaking over the past week, adding and subtracting a few players from the organization. With a bit of a brief lull before Friday’s free agent insanity (at least for the Flames, so far…), we felt it would be helpful to present a brief…

Mason Raymond officially bought out

Embed from Getty Images Mason Raymond had one year left of carrying a $3.15 million cap hit. With his buyout, he now only counts for $1.05 million on the cap this year, saving the Flames $2.1 million in cap space. He will also count for $1.05 million on the cap in 2017-18. This is the…

Cheap goaltending UFA options for the Flames

Embed from Getty Images The Calgary Flames have a starting goaltender, but they do not have a backup. At the draft, both Brad Treliving and Brian Burke expressed praise for Joni Ortio, but neither would fully commit to his being the backup, inclining to instead talk about always being open to other options to improve…

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Everything is Happening! Hall, Subban, Weber and More!

Taylor Hall for Adam Larsson. PK Subban for Shea Weber. Steven Stamkos re-signed. And it’s not even trade deadline day.  Some NHL GMs got into the sauce today apparently. Two of the league’s biggest and most, err, confusing one-for-one trades in recent memory were executed today. Then the league’s most coveted pending free agent in probably a decade…

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Mikael Backlund could’ve salvaged Mason Raymond

Embed from Getty Images This article was originally titled “Can the Flames salvage Mason Raymond?” The picture was funny to me so I’m sticking with it. So we’ve pretty much heard the last of Mason Raymond. The disappointing winger failed to return to his Canucks glory days, or even continue the good form he had…

Mason Raymond on waivers, to be bought out

Embed from Getty Images Mason Raymond’s time in Calgary appears to be officially over. Well, it effectively has been since Feb. 3, when he was waived for the second time in the 2015-16 season and subsequently sent down to the Stockton Heat – but now, it’s over. Raymond (CAL) and Nystrom (NASH) to be bought…

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Cheap defence UFA options for the Flames

Embed from Getty Images The Flames look pretty full up on defence. In addition to the top three of Mark Giordano, T.J. Brodie, and Dougie Hamilton, there are also the expensive contracts of Dennis Wideman, Ladislav Smid, and Deryk Engelland. Throw in Jyrki Jokipakka, and that’s seven guys already. But that’s not all. There’s interest…

Former Flame Sergei Makarov is headed to the Hall of Fame

Embed from Getty Images The Monday after the draft came and seemingly like clockwork, there’s another former Calgary Flame heading to the Hockey Hall of Fame. Former Flames winger Sergei Makarov was announced on Monday afternoon as one of four inductees in the Class of 2016. He’ll be formally inducted in November.

Can the Flames re-sign Joe Colborne?

Embed from Getty Images Joe Colborne is set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. The Flames didn’t qualify him, relinquishing their exclusive rights over him – but by doing so, they denied his ability to elect for arbitration and, potentially, bind the Flames into an expensive contract. Colborne had a career season….

The 3-Way Blockbuster That Almost Was

Know the pic quality is awful but Kekalainen, Chiarelli and Treliving are all talking together now pic.twitter.com/rpOBICc826 — Mike Halford (@HalfordPHT) June 24, 2016 For about a 90 minute stretch on Friday afternoon right before the first pick of the 2016 NHL Draft, Flames twitter was losing its collective mind. With hype of a potential…