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  1. CAPGEEK.COM CAP CALCULATOR

    FORWARDS

    Andrew Brunette ($3.000m) / Mikko Koivu ($6.750m) / Martin Havlat ($5.000m)

    Sergei Samsonov ($1.300m) / Pierre-Marc Bouchard ($4.080m) / Guillaume Latendresse ($2.500m)

    Antti Miettinen ($2.500m) / Matt Cullen ($3.500m) / Cal Clutterbuck ($1.400m)

    Colton Gillies ($0.625m) / Kyle Brodziak ($1.150m) / James Sheppard ($0.800m)

    Eric Nystrom ($1.400m) / Brad Staubitz ($0.575m)

    DEFENSEMEN

    Nick Schultz ($3.500m) / Brent Burns ($3.550m)

    Marco Scandella ($0.845m) / Marek Zidlicky ($4.000m)

    Greg Zanon ($1.933m) / Justin Falk ($0.850m)

    Clayton Stoner ($0.550m)

    GOALTENDERS

    Niklas Backstrom ($6.000m) / Josh Harding ($1.800m)

    BUYOUTS: Mark Parrish ($0.927m)

    CAPGEEK.COM TOTALS (follow @capgeek on Twitter)

    (these totals are compiled without the bonus cushion)

    SALARY CAP: $62,000,000; CAP PAYROLL: $58,911,944; BONUSES: $202,500

    CAP SPACE (23-man roster): $3,463,056

    AHLers: n/a

    Prospects, signed:

    Mikael Granlund, F: 1,815,000

    Erik Haula, F: 985,000

    Tyler Cuma, D: 970,833

    Matt Hackett, G: 900,000

    Darcy Kuemper, G: 850,000

    Marco Scandella, D: 845,833

    Brett Bulmer, F: 810,000

    Cody Almond, F: 643,333

    Prospects, Unsigned:

    Ty Rattie, F

    Joseph Morrow, D

    Stefan Noesen, F

    Joseph Labate, F

    Jason Zucker, F

    Draft Picks

    1st round, 25th (via PHI-TOR) - W Ty Rattie, Portland (WHL)

    1st round, 29th (via BOS-TOR) - D Joseph Morrow, Portland (WHL)

    2nd round, 39th (via TOR) - F Stefan Noesen, Plymouth (OHL)

    3rd round, 70th - C Joseph LaBate, Holy Angels (MINN-HS)

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    As I sit here reviewing everything that has to do with the Flames, I still don't understand the hate that the Flames are getting nowadays.

    Why do I feel confident in this season? I feel that the team really meshed at the end of last season, in which point we went pretty flawless for the better part of the second half. We could've been as high as 6th had we not lost a few crucial games.

    Who did we lose off that playoff contending team? Regehr.

    Now, I love Regehr. I've always loved Regehr and I'll always miss the guy, but we can survive without him. Now that we've got Hannan, and a guy like Butler ready to compete, our top 4 is set with Bouwmeester, Giordano, Sarich and Hannan.

    I obviously believe that Babchuk and Butler will be the bottom pairing, and that Carson will be the 7th Defenseman. I think that one more season of conditioning puts Brodie and Negrin into Sarich/Hannan's spots next year. They just need to stick to it one more year and prove it in possible call-ups.

    As for our goaltenders, Kipper and Karlsson will be completely solid. Trust me.

    The offensive core is a little harder to figure out. We've always prided ourselves on our grinding and physical play, but that really slipped last season. It seemed that we weren't getting very dirty at all. We do have a lack of a top center and a 2nd line LW. But we can make up for it by grinding down other teams. Its tough work, but we need to be the team that kicks the hell out of everyone else. Thats how we can win.

    -August 19th.

  2. big_bill
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    Well peeps this is not my end of the season blog but it looks like it will be the one before it. Now you guys know me I am a very positive guy and always try to see the bright side of things but it looks like this time even I see the writing on the wall. It always stings a little bit more when your team has a good run and gets your hopes up so high just to crash down like a bad Red bull binge. I think though I do know why.

    Kipper has been holding up this team all season and I think it has caught up with him. He has had too do everything in his power this year and his power looks to be going down. He has let in some soft ones right away in games and it has been hard for the team to score.(J-Bo didn't help either but I digress)Other teams tenders are bringing it like kipper has been all season right now because the teams we are playing are mostly teams we are fighting with to get a playoff spot. The Flames are shooting lots but just no goals. It is very frustrating to see and I'm sure for the players it is frustrating to be a part of on the ice.

    The fact is we have three games left and two of them are against a team that is very good and also is fighting for top spot in the west...again. (I hate the Canucks so much)So my point is this could go two ways. 1, we get rolled and smoked badly or 2, we get two wins and take advantage of a team that knows they are in and is not clawing and scratching to get in to the playoffs.

    The brass tax here peeps is the Flames need help and wins and in my opinion we might get one of two but both will be a miracle. I am just going to try and enjoy what games are still on the sked and soak it all in. Appreciate that I am watching hockey because it is always a long summer when you are a Flames fan and you can't see your team. So until next time and maybe for the last time this season I will catch you all on the filpside!

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    Thanks peeps and GO FLAMES GO!

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  4. The Calgary Flames have done an admirable job of improving their prospect pool over the past three seasons. A simple comparison of the 2010 vs the 2013 development camp rosters should be proof enough. But what does that mean to a Flames team with roster gaps at all positions? The Flames aren't looking for their prospect pool to fill in a few gaps or to provide a successor-ship plan for aging players. The Flames are going through a full scale rebuild and need help at every position.

    Most Flames fans are excited about their prospects. For example, many are ready to declare a 2015 top six resembling:

    Baertschi-Monahan-Gaudreau

    Klimchuk-Jankowski-Poirier

    Is that a realistic expectation though?

    A prospects chance of success?

    Johnathan Willis with Leafs Nation consolidated a number of articles measuring the chances of a draft pick being successful. You can also peruse the various NHL drafts through the Hockey DB to see how many draft picks play a meaningful number of NHL games (and how productive those games were).

    Keep in mind:

    • The majority of NHL drafted players do not play a meaningful number of NHL games
    • The chances of drafted players producing in a top line role are very small
    • The chances of a prospect being successful reduce dramatically outside the top 5 picks and are reduced again outside of the top 30

    In other words manage expectations accordingly. Despite the excitement level around some of our prospects many of them won't make the NHL and for those that do many of them will be limited to depth roles.

    Edmonton Oiler fan's have previously been ready to declare the rebuild as complete rallying behind the Gagner's, Petry's, Paajarvi's, and Cogliano's. Clearly those players didn't meet fans expectations.

    What is a top line player?

    This is an often debated question. If there are 30 teams in the NHL there must be 30 'top-line' players correct? Let me suggest this: the expectation is to build a Stanley Cup contending team. So there is a difference between a player that can play top line versus a player that excels on the top line.

    For the purpose of projecting a player as a 'top line' player I ask the question: Is this player projected to be in the top 15 at their position compared to other NHL players? You can argue that Tyler Bozak or Paul Stastny are top line Cs based on their role and the minutes they play but they don't compare to Crosby and Toews,

    Things to keep in mind

    • The principle used above for the top line extends to all other lines as well. Just because a player can play the second line (as an example) doesn't mean they are cut out to play that position on a contending team.
    • Just because I have a player projected to a certain line doesn't mean they won't exceed the projection. But for the Flames they can't overestimate their prospects and hope they get lucky. They need to be realistic about where their gaps are.
    • Most prospects drafted outside of the top 5 don't project as top line players immediately following the draft. It takes a season or two for prospects to elevate their projection by proving what they can do. Given how young the Flames top prospects some may elevate their projection going forward.
    • As this is intended to evaluate the long term gaps of the Flames rather then the actual prospect system I have included any player who still has RFA status
    • I am projecting players at their natural position though it is possible that the Flames can move players (i.e. C to W)
    • I am ignoring handedness for this projection (LW vs RW, LD vs RD) as players are generally interchangeable.
    • I am using a 'traffic light' color scale to represent the gap at each position.

    Top Line

    Centre

    Positions Needed: 1

    Projected Prospects: 0

    Status: RED

    Currently the Flames do not have any prospects projected to be top 15 C's in the NHL. Players like Monahan or Jankowski may develop into top line C's but right now are more comfortably projected for the 2-line.

    Wing

    Positions Needed: 2

    Projected Prospects: 1 (Gaudreau)

    Status: RED

    Many will argue that Baertschi deserves to be in this category. He may very well project to be a top 30 winger in the NHL. However, right now the only player I am comfortable projecting at that level is John Gaudreau (who has high bust potential).

    Defense

    Positions Needed: 2

    Projected Prospects: 0

    Status: RED

    The Flame lack any marquee D prospects. Only TJ Brodie is close to showing he can play in a top 2 role and he projects as a player that can spend some time there but not be a top 30D in the NHL.

    Second Line

    Centre

    Positions Needed: 1

    Projected Prospects: 3 (Monahan, Jankowski, Granlund)

    Status: GREEN

    The Flames have strong depth at this position. Jankowski and Granlund are both still long shots to make the NHL but Monahan looks like a solid contender to be a strong 2-line C.

    Wing

    Positions Needed: 2

    Projected Prospects: 3 (Baertschi, Poirier, Klimchuk)

    Status: YELLOW

    The Flames should be comfortable penciling Baertschi into a future 2-line role. However, the other two prospects still have a lot to prove before being considered legitimate NHL candidates.

    Defense

    Positions Needed: 2

    Projected Prospects: 3 (Brodie, Wotherspoon, Culkin)

    Status: YELLOW

    Similar to wing the Flames have one prospect (Brodie) that they can rely on in the future. Again, the remaining two players still need to prove their NHL value. However, the Flames do have a high number of 3-line project D prospects who may elevate their projection.

    Third Line

    Centre

    Positions Needed: 1

    Projected Prospects: 4 (Knight, Horak, Backlund, Arnold)

    Status: GREEN

    The Flames have four solid prospects who project to be strong 3-line C's in the future.

    Wing

    Positions Needed: 2

    Projected Prospects: 2 (Agostino, Galiardi)

    Status: ORANGE

    The Flames lack depth at this position. Fortunately Galiardi is proven in the NHL already and Agostino has a high likelihood of reaching his projection.

    Defense

    Positions Needed: 2

    Projected Prospects: 10 (Ramage, Butler, Russell, Billins, Sieloff, Cundari, Breen, Roy, Kulak, Kanzig)

    Status: GREEN

    The Flames are rich in bottom pairing defense prospects. Hopefully some of these prospects can surpass their projection and be impact players on a higher line.

    Fourth Line

    Centre

    Positions Needed: 1

    Projected Prospects: 2 (Reinhart, Bouma)

    Status: GREEN

    Fourth line C are not difficult to acquire and the Flames have a couple of good candidates in the system.

    Wing

    Positions Needed: 2

    Projected Prospects: 3 (Elson, Hanowski, Harrison)

    Status: YELLOW

    The Flames lack depth at this position with 3 mostly unproven prospects. That said finding fourth line wingers outside of your prospect system isn't usually a problem.

    Goalie

    Positions Needed: 2

    Projected Prospects: 4 (Gilles, Brossoit, Ortio, Berra)

    Status: YELLOW

    On one hand the Flames have four players to fill two positions so are relatively deep at this position. On the other hand finding prospects that develop into starting goalies are very difficult to find. Gilles might be the Flames best bet to be a top 15 NHL goalie, but he has a long way to go to prove he can play in the NHL.

    I left this position at yellow due to a lack of near NHL ready highly ranked prospects.

    In Summary

    The Flames have made strong improvements to their prospect system and have built a respectable pool of prospects filling gaps from the 2-line down. But they need to find top line defense and forward talent. Either through younger prospects improving their projections, by acquiring new prospects by draft or trade, or external to their prospect system. They could also use more security in net.

    A lot of fans are hoping the Flames draft in the top 5 for the next couple of season. Although I don't advocate losing that is the most certain way of finding top line prospects.

    The rebuild is just started folks. I am happy to see an improvement to the prospect pool. But the Flames still need more prospects. And they need time to develop players and get them NHL experience before they can comfortably assess what they have.

    Barring a LOT of luck this is probably going to be a long and bumpy road.

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    Truly enjoyed the game last night and the victory against the Canucks.... it had certainly been a delightful performance and I believe that the Flames are now getting into the winning spirit....they demonstrate perseverence and determination... they have maintained their power play and penalty killing statistics; but more importantly....

    - Glencross' glittering performance

    - Iginla's performance has been inspirational

    - Wow for Jokinen's empty netter

    - Congratulations to Irving for his first victory - Great going Irving

    - tremendous collaborative effort from everyone on ice....hard hitting and defensive style hockey

    Way to go boys....looking forward to a bright and victorious 2012.

    Merry Christmas to all viewers.

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    This thread is comical. Do you guys even remember what kind of fan base this team had before Iginla. I remember, I was at the games. The flames were in trouble. This guy has done more for this hockey team than nearly anyone who has played the game.

    The bottom line is, there hasn't been a single player since Iggy's dominance that has come in and generated what he has. Look at the Wings, they have a stacked team and they don't just rely on Zetts or Dats, Van doesn't just rely on the Sedins, they have tons of depth. This is NOT an IGGY problem people.

    The people who are saying this are they bandwagon people. People who clearly jumped on this team because of IGGY.

    Did Sakic get traded, NO. Did Madano get traded, Yes but basically when he was producing way under what Iggy can still do and the guy was like 40. These are players I can compare to Iggy in what they have done for their team. The only difference is that the GM's brought in stellar players to play with these guys and they won cups. This is not fair to Iggy and for the people that wanna throw this guy under the buss, Go find some other team to cheer for. This is insulting.

    The problem is that we have drafted 1 player in the last 10 or more years that has amounted to anything. Dion, and he was traded. This is a joke guys. Iggy deserves to retire a Flame, and he deserves to be giving the chance to win. The team needs to make some smart decisions and you CAN win a guy like Iggy.

    Source: Is Iginla The Problem?

    This is a statement I find very true and I hope that management will see and consider it, if they haven't already

  5. So with the release of Brent Sutter (and rumour has it he will Coach the WildRose Party :: or was that to drive the WildRose Coach ?), Who do we get now?

    With Randy Carlyle engaged, does anyone think we can get permission to talk to Mike Babcock ?

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  6. Part 30 in my "State of the Franchise" series. Finishing up the individual team pages....

    Feel free to leave comments; I'm always willing to take feedback and I readily accept that I'm not the next Charles Dickens, so any constructive criticism would be great.

    Current Rankings List:

    1. Edmonton

    2. St. Louis

    3. Florida

    4. NY Islanders

    5. Chicago

    6. Montréal

    7. NY Rangers

    8. Anaheim

    9. Pittsburgh

    10. Buffalo

    11. Ottawa

    12. Minnesota

    13. Colorado

    14. Phoenix

    15. Detroit

    16. Toronto

    17. Boston

    18. Washington

    19. Winnipeg

    20. Tampa Bay

    21. Carolina

    22. Los Angeles

    23. Philadelphia

    24. Nashville

    25. New Jersey

    26. Dallas

    27. Calgary

    28. Vancouver

    29. Columbus

    30. San Jose

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    #1: Edmonton Oilers

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    Top Fws: Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Jordan Eberle

    Top Ds: Ladislav Smid, Ryan Whitney

    Top G: Devan Dubnyk

    Top 3 Under-23s:

    1. F Jordan Eberle (22)

    2. F Taylor Hall (20)

    3. F Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (19)

    Top 5 Prospects

    1. F Nail Yakupov (18)

    2. D Justin Schultz (22)

    3. D Oscar Klefbom (19)

    4. D David Musil (19)

    5. D Martin Marincin (20)

    Prospect Pool Rating:

    Depth: B

    Bluechip Talent: A

    Diversity: C

    Overall: B

    Organizational Strengths:

    Edmonton's years of being at the bottom of the well has allowed them to build an outstanding young group of forwards. Their best players are all 23 or younger, and they've got some support around the top lines up front with Ales Hemsky and Sam Gagner providing secondary scoring while Ryan Smyth and Shawn Horcoff bring veteran stability to a youthful core.

    Organizational Weaknesses:

    Namely on the backend, of course. Ryan Whitney is a top pairing guy when in the lineup, but he's only healthy for 2/3s of a season. The Oilers lack a go-to player on the backend as well as reliable depth down the defensive pairings. Goaltending is a question mark; Devan Dubnyk has yet to put together a consistent effort in any season and Nikolai Khabibulin is quickly falling off the cliff in terms of performance. Most of their young players have already missed significant time due to injury, which could be a sign of poor luck and an inability to handle the rigors of the NHL game.

    Prospect Strengths:

    When you draft as high as the Oilers have for the last three years, you're bound to have a lot of quality prospects. Nail Yakupov is the gem in a group of solid but unspectacular forwards, but their biggest strength is on the backend; the Oilers have both high-quality bluechip talent and a strong amount of depth throughout the defensive pool led by top prospects Oscar Klefbom and Justin Schultz. Names like Musil, Gernat, and Simpson are sprinkled throughout all levels of Edmonton's developmental system.

    Prospect Weaknesses:

    Beyond Nail Yakupov, the Oilers lack in talented forwards and potential NHL forwards in general (although this weakness is mitigated by the players already in their NHL lineup). The best prospects they have up front, while skilled, are all small and will face uphill battles just to crack the NHL roster and some (like Toni Rajala) are longshots to ever return to North American ice. In goal, while they have a couple of decent prospects, the pool of goalies itself is rather limited.

    Outlook:

    When you've been the worst team in hockey for three years running, there's nowhere to go but up. The Oilers, bolstered by 1st overall pick Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, came out of the gates running and looked like they could fight for a playoff spot as late as December. Then the wheels completely fell off the bus and the Oilers limped to 29th in the NHL before lucking out in the lottery and being awarded the 1st overall pick for the record-tying 3rd straight season. Despite strong seasons from a number of players, the Oilers didn't have the horses to compete in the tight Western Conference and thus faced a long summer for the third straight season.

    There are positives to every negative, however. One was the arrival of hotshot prospect Nail Yakupov. Another was the developments of the big 3 of Eberle, Hall and Nugent-Hopkins. Not to mention the improvements of young players such as Jeff Petry and Devan Dubnyk. Adding another couple of bigtime prospects to the prospect pool (including Anaheim defector Justin Schultz) was just icing on the cake for Steve Tambellini and his crew.

    The Oilers will look to refocus and aim for a playoff spot next season, although it's more likely that they finish out of the postseason for the 7th straight season. What Tambo and Co. are hoping for is that this team can take that next step within the next few years and become a contender in the future.

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