Flames put Nicklas Grossmann on waivers

Finally. 

The weird, inexplainable, unfathomable, physically painful Nicklas Grossmann era in Calgary appears to be over, with the #big defenceman going on waivers today, destined for what we can only assume is the AHL.

Grossmann played three games in Flames silks, managing not to be a glaring hole in one of them. His first and third games – in Edmonton and Los Angeles respectively – were absolute horror shows, with miscues and errors in abundance. I realize this evaluation of his time in Calgary his harsh, but the guy just didn’t look like a National Hockey League defenceman, and opponents simply feasted on this fact. I’m sure he’s a very nice guy and good in the room but the Flames have plenty of actual good hockey players who are also good in the room. This is professional hockey. 

Grossmann playing three actual games for the Flames still puzzles me, however. Glen Gulutzan had him during his heyday in Dallas, so the games he received as a Flame were either a show of loyalty on the coach’s part, or maybe were built into his contract. 

To elaborate on that point, when Grossmann signed with the Flames, General Manager Brad Treliving detailed the thought process behind the signing and the salary cap/LTIR implications that go along with it. He also said in an interview on Sportsnet 960 the day of the signing that he didn’t expect Grossmann to stick around in Calgary all year. So, if Grossmann playing wasn’t the coach’s decision, maybe it was built into Grossmann’s contract as incentive for taking that very specific amount of money that the Flames needed to satisfy the LTIR requirements. 

If this is indeed Nicklas Grossmann’s last game in a Flame, he would finish as a minus four in thee games played, with three shots and two penalty minutes. 

Onwards and upwards. 

  • Albertabeef

    This is the third season in a row Tre has had to dump his offseason signing shortly after the season started. This say our GM is completely inept and needs to be released.

  • RKD

    The Grossman signing was a big mistake, he can’t skate nor can he defend. He took away a roster spot from a prospect and when he did play he got burned on goals by turning pucks over, being too slow or out of position. Kulak or Jokipakka shouldn’t have had to sit a single game.

      • Parallex

        Regardless of the size of the mistake the big problem I have with it is that…

        A: The mistake was obvious, and

        B: The mistake was repeated

        Everyone makes mistakes, that should be expected, but no one should be expected to make obvious mistakes and it’s downright inexcusable to remake an obvious mistake. Trelivings mistake wasn’t in signing him it was in not waiving him sooner.

  • BobB

    My theory is still that they were trying to get Grossman 12 games to fulfill base requirements for the expansion draft – thinking he couldn’t be so bad, and they could pick the games to hide him in. That and he brought along with him a (small) the LTIR contract benefit.

    However, when they saw he was a total tire fire on an underperforming team, coupled with Kulaks great play, they’ve decided to fulfill the requirement with Kulak. Give him the games all the while being the better team for it.

    • jupiter

      How is it that many fans knew Grossman would be a tire fire , and Cameron would be a tire fire on special teams and that GG was a gamble, but BT didn’t?

    • supra steve

      “My theory is still that they were trying to get Grossman 12 games to fulfill base requirements for the expansion draft”

      So how does this work exactly? My understanding is they can protect 3 (Gio, Brodie, Hamilton), that leaves Kevin and Kulak available for selection as well as Grossmann if your theory is correct…Who would you select?

      Unless they are able to move both Kulak and Kevin for picks/prospects, having Grossmann gains them nothing. If I’m missing something, please let me know what.

      • cjc

        Calgary needs at least one D exposed that meets the exposure req. (3+ year pro, 70 games over past 2 seasons or 40 this season, signed for next year). Grossman would not have qualified.

        Right now only Gio, Brodie and Hamilton meet the req. Calgary needs to sign or extend at least one D before the draft.

      • cjc

        Calgary needs at least one D exposed that meets the exposure req. (3+ year pro, 70 games over past 2 seasons or 40 this season, signed for next year). Grossman would not have qualified.

        Right now only Gio, Brodie and Hamilton meet the req. Calgary needs to sign or extend at least one D before the draft.

  • knappsacked

    No need for people to call for stajans head. If he is here next year its not the end of the world. Jankowski will replace him. Stajan could be a 13th forward next yeard if/when janko is ready

  • Pizzaman

    So aren’t reporters supposed to ask questions of coaches or GMs as to why???? Or are they just cheerleaders. Nice to speculate on a blog but do we have to wait for Elliotte Friedman to find out?

  • everton fc

    So he plays his last year in North American out of Stockton.

    Could be worse, for all parties…

    Now we go w/7 d-men. Sanity prevails. Kulak needs to start every game, if this rumour of his playing more than 40-odd games makes him eligible for the Expansion Draft, if left “unprotected”.

    Something’s gotta give on the backend – how can they leave Kulak unprotected? He’s arguably been our most consistent defenceman.

    • Greatsave

      this rumour of his playing more than 40-odd games makes him eligible for the Expansion Draft

      I have no idea how this got started. By all accounts Kulak was always going to be eligible and required protection in the Expansion Draft, even if he spent the year in the AHL. If he reached 40 games this season, then leaving him exposed counts him towards exposure requirements. That’s all.

    • FlamesFanOtherCity

      Stajan may have hands of stone at times, but he is our current faceoff leader. Say what you want about the contract, but he’s one of the players actually performing out there, and that’s with very little to no O-zone starts.

      • everton fc

        Stajan has been one of the most consistent players, based on his role. He’s helped Ferland’s game, as well. Good mentor. One more year here can’t hurt us, and will undoubtedly help a few of the kids.

        Just like Engelland’s influence on Kulak.

        Waive Wideman. Retain salary. See if anyone bites. Bring up one of the kids. Wotherspoon? What do we have to lose??

        • FlamesFanOtherCity

          Can’t waive him. NMC.
          You can trade him with retained salary. Don’t you think maybe they tried this already and 1) nobody bit or 2) Wideman said no.