A brief look at entry level contracts

In a salary cap system, getting value from players on entry level contracts (ELCs) is huge. With the second contacts for players rapidly becoming massive, finding young players that can become main roster contributors in their first few seasons is crucial to staying competitive. The Calgary Flames have done a pretty decent job lately, but…


Flames may have to pay big bonuses to lock up Matthew Tkachuk

If you take a gander at any salary cap tracking site – such as PuckPedia – you may notice something interesting. The Calgary Flames have given out among the least in signing bonuses in the entire National Hockey League. But with negotiations with Matthew Tkachuk ongoing for a new contract, it seems likely that the…


Sam Bennett’s role is becoming more clear

Sam Bennett is perhaps the most polarizing member of the Calgary Flames. Some love how hard he plays and believe there’s offensive potential yet to be unlocked. Conversely, others see flashes of promise mixed in with long stretches of general ineffectiveness. While I tend to be in the latter group, I also don’t think it’s…


Linus Lindstrom wants to earn a bigger role in the SHL

You could be forgiven if you forgot that Linus Lindstrom was still in the Calgary Flames system. The club’s fourth round selection back in the 2016 NHL Draft, the two-way center has been plying his trade in his native Sweden since his selection. But while he’s been focused on rounding out his game, he’s got…


Flames re-sign Ryan Lomberg to one year deal

General manager Brad Treliving now only has two out of four potential arbitration negotiations left. Just like Rinat Valiev, the Calgary Flames have re-signed Ryan Lomberg to a one-year, two-way deal worth $700,000.


How can the Flames juggle their minor league goalies?

Earlier this week, we discussed the Calgary Flames’ goaltending system in the mailbag. It’s probably worth going into in a bit more detail. In short: the Flames have a lot of goalies under contract, but a surprising amount of flexibility.


FlamesNation mailbag: arbitration, trades, and Dube

With our favourite postman Christian Tiberi out of commission with a cold [Editor’s Note: the term we like to use is “day to day with flu-like symptoms”], I’m taking over mailbag duties for this week. The off-season is a fairly uneventful time, but with arbitration hearings around the corner, things could get interesting pretty soon.


Comparables are emerging for Sam Bennett’s next contract

Player agent Darren Ferris has a busy summer on his hands. As you can imagine, much of his time will be spent dealing with the ongoing Mitch Marner saga in Toronto. But as he deals with that, the free agent market has seemingly done him some favours as the last week or so have provided…


Matthew Phillips is focused on making the NHL

Moments after I finished interviewing Calgary Flames prospect Matthew Phillips at development camp, a fan sheepishly walked up to me and asked who I was chatting with. I related that it was Phillips, and the fan replied “He’s really small.”


Where Flames prospects will be playing: Europe

Given their history and tendencies regarding drafting and developing European players, it’s likely not shocking to learn that there will be a significant European presence for the Calgary Flames in 2019-20. It’s also likely not a shock to find out that most of their prospects are playing in Sweden.