Not so fast: A way-too-early look at potential line combinations

You’re up, coach. Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving was a busy man over the first couple of days of free agency, signing two forwards who are locks for the opening day roster, another wildcard who has the potential be a difference-maker in the bottom six, and a bunch of depth players likely to make…


Flames’ roster already appears improved in early offseason overhaul

Standing idly by was not an option for the Flames this offseason; not after they set expectations for 2017-18 and failed spectacularly to meet them. The team’s faults became increasingly apparent as the season went on, leaving the Flames with really only one choice: big changes would have to come before October. Mere days into…


Flames sign Buddy Robinson (two years, two-way)

The Calgary Flames have made another roster move. The club has announced the signing of right wing Buddy Robinson to a two-year, two-way contract. The deal pays Robinson $700,000 at the NHL level and $350,000 at the AHL level.


The cap implications of the James Neal deal

James Neal is a Calgary Flame. His addition gives the club a lot of options in how they’ll deploy their top two forward lines and their power play. But his deal – a reported $5.75 million cap hit over five years – is substantial, and will have ripple effects on the team’s decisions for the…


FlamesNation Mailbag: Free agency and the offseason ahead

In maybe the biggest UFA period in recent memory, the Flames came out generally better than they have in years before. They got a much expected but safe addition in Derek Ryan, an untested yet promising player in Austin Czarnik, and AHL depth in Dalton Prout, Alan Quine, and Tyler Graovac. Not bad. So what…


Flames moves aimed to add versatility and flexibility

As the signings rolled in on Canada Day, fans and media types alike busted out their notepads to sketch out how the Calgary Flames might look in the 2018-19 season. The top line definitely features Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan. On their right side? It could be Elias Lindholm, though he could fit in up…


Flames emphasize faceoffs with their additions

It’s no secret that the Calgary Flames were lean on right-handed centers last season. Until they acquired Nick Shore at the trade deadline, they simply didn’t have any. While the Flames probably weren’t crippled by having only southpaw centers on a macro level, their 2017-18 season was essentially “death by a thousand cuts” and having…


Welcome to free agency season

Ladies and gentlemen, happy July 1! Not only do we commemorate Jarome Iginla’s 41st birthday and the passing of the British North America Act today, but the National Hockey League’s unrestricted free agents can sign new contracts as of 10 a.m. MT. The introduction of the free agent “courting period” has changed things quite a…