What Remains of the Free Agent Pool

  With Ilya Kovalchuk finally ending the suspense with his decision to re-sign in New Jersey, the feeling is the rest of the dominoes will begin to fall in short order. That’s only midly exciting news given the dearth of truely interesting players remaining on the free market. While not terribly relevant to the Flames…

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July 16th News and Notes

      Dead as a doornail, isn’t it? Kent remarked to me on Wednesday night that he couldn’t remember a time where things got so quiet so quickly after July 1st, and I’m in accord. After the jump, we’ll look through the thin gruel for morsels.  

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Flames AHL Depth Chart

  With things more or less cemented in place for the big club, here’s how the depth chart is shaping up at the next level of the Flames organization: Forwards – Chucko – Backlund – Nemisz MacMillan – Sutter – Cameron Cunning – Wahl – Watt Bouma – Armstrong – Grantham Carpentier

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Oiler Observations

  Flames fans these days are a nervous bunch. With all the movement and shakeups that the organization has gone through in the recent months, it’s certainly an understandable mindset to have. They just don’t know what to expect out of their team. In this turbulent time of trouble, some Flame fans have even expressed…

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Two Out of Three

No offence to Brian McGrattan and Jamal Mayers, but there were three pending free agent players Flames fans were most interested in when it comes to their future destinations.  Of those three, Craig Conroy, Eric Nystrom and Chris Higgins, only the former remains on the free agent market.  So how will the fits be for…

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Middle Kingdom

                                            There’s been plenty of fuss about the Flames’ dabbling in the free agent market, with the return of Olli Jokinen front and center. Darryl Sutter’s recent press availability was the first time that news of Daymond…

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Shantz Signs in Manitoba

According to Rob Kerr, AHL puckstopper David Shantz has signed with the Manitoba Moose. A free agent signing by the Heat last year, Shantz started the season in the ECHL, but ended up as the Heat’s starter at the end of year and into the playoffs owing the struggles of Leland Irving and Matt Keetley….

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The Flames Blueline

The Flames organizational strength in terms of pure depth is the back-end. That’s a source of some comfort this summer, but italso raises a number of questions moving forward into the new season. Once Ian White is re-signed, the club will have 8 NHL defenders on one-way contracts (Bouwmeester, Regehr, Sarich, Staios, Giordano, Pardy, White, Kronwall) as well…

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Kotalik to Sign in Russia?

  According to Russian journalist and twitterer Alessandro Seren Rosso, Lokomotiv is considering signing boat anchor Ales Kotalik. Should that happen, it would take immense pressure off of Darryl Sutter to find a place to stash Kotalik’s burdensome contract for the next two years. It would alo render sending Steve Staios to the minors a…

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Flames Hire Jay Feaster as Assistant GM

    According to twitter reports, it looks like Sutter has found someone willing to make balloon animals. Ironically, it’s Jay Feaster, the GM of the Tampa Bay Lightning team that defeated the Flames in the 2004 Stanley Cup finals. That sounds like a good resume, of course, but frankly I’m unimpressed by Feaster. His team slid into terrible…

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July 8th News and Notes

                                                                         The NHL’s first week of free agency has passed with nary an ESPN special in sight, but that doesn’t…

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Flames Assistant GM Job Posting

        For the Calgary Flames, the 09-10 season was akin to a ride on a rollercoaster. A season that started full of promise and hope ended as one mired in despair and regret. As one could reasonably expect after such a tumultuous ride, the fans of the team, lost and disheartened, sought…

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