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Free agency eve rumour round-up

Friends, tomorrow is July 1 and the official kickoff of the 2018-19 hockey season. (It’s also Jarome Iginla’s birthday, so please remember to get him a card.) Players can sign with new clubs beginning at 10 a.m. MT. In the run-up to that, players are chatting with their agents and teams are making last-ditch efforts…

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Flames free agent targets: Robin Lehner

The Calgary Flames had a decent goaltending situation for much of last season. Starter Mike Smith began the season well. And after Eddie Lack was pretty lousy early on, general manager Brad Treliving wasted no time punting him to the American Hockey League and promoting Stockton Heat starter David Rittich to back up Smith. It…

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Flames free agent targets: James Neal

No matter how you slice it, the Flames still need scoring help. One way to acquire scoring is through free agency, especially when the Flames are projected to have a fair bit of cap space free to use come July 1. And James Neal scored 44 points this past season, which would have tied him…

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Flames free agent targets: Anthony Duclair

The Flames should be looking for a young, high upside winger to complement their existing core. It’s a task easier said than done. They have already acquired one in Elias Lindholm this offseason, but that was through a trade that involved the Flames’ existing first line right winger and their first pairing defenceman. It’s not…

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Flames free agent targets: Petr Mrazek

The Calgary Flames have been plagued by goaltending inconsistency for several years. When Brad Treliving traded for Mike Smith last year, the hope was that he could stabilize the crease, and for the most part, he did just that – until he went down with an injury. In his absence, the Flames’ lack of goaltending…

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Flames free agent targets: Tobias Rieder

One of the Flames’ problems throughout the 2017-18 season was a lack of adequate depth, particularly on the right side. Enter Tobias Rieder, who is approaching unrestricted free agency after the Kings elected not to qualify for him.

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Flames free agent targets: Michael Grabner

One of the primary needs for the Calgary Flames this offseason has been to upgrade their forward depth. Following their acquisition of Elias Lindholm from the Carolina Hurricanes – an upgrade on Micheal Ferland – the Flames are likely still looking around for some options, particularly on the wings. Unrestricted free agent Micheal Grabner is…

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What do the Flames have in Noah Hanifin?

With no disrespect meant to Elias Lindholm, Noah Hanifin is the more fascinating player acquired by Calgary in their blockbuster trade with Carolina over draft weekend. Still just 21, Hanifin has already played three full NHL seasons and has an impressive 239 NHL games under his belt. In saying that, though, Hanifin has yet to…