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  1. 3 points
    Alright I am on the Phillip Tomasino bandwagon. Though I don't really get why he is being ranked as low as he is, and would expect him to be gone by our pick. He has elite skating ability, very good shot and very good hands. He is a RHS C who won't turn 18 till after the draft. He was 2nd amongst all draft eligible CHL players in 5v5 points and 1st in points/60.
  2. 3 points
    I think there’s a relatively low chance Hamonic is traded. BT gave up essentially Noah Dobson for him. I can see him re-signing as early as this summer. He also brings an element to the Flames that no other D has. Brodie can be easily replaced in-house by a guy like Valimaki or Kylington. Guys like Hamonic are a needle-in-a-haystack these days It’s also written by Seravali who’s a total clown IMO
  3. 2 points
    If he does hit the market, I would bring him back. Solid leader, can still play, and gives us that needed edge. He would be a great fit with Valimaki on the 3rd pairing.
  4. 2 points
    You are right. We should offer sheet Sebastian Aho or Brayden Point.
  5. 2 points
    Gillies biggest problem is mental, he lacks focus. He's big and athletic, but he is too prone to weak goals and hasn't really shown any improvement since turning pro.
  6. 2 points
    I believe Bennett's game took a big leap forward this season maybe because he realized it was now or never if he wanted to remain a Flame. I don't think BP should hold him back any longer and play him at C between Tkachuk and Lindholm, line mates with similar compete level but complimenting talents. Let him take his shot at playing with the best we have for the top 6 and see what happens. We might be surprised where his production rises to playing with these two.
  7. 2 points
    I don't think Nylander should be a target for this team. We need high compete level players and that's not Nylander's game. He is very skilled, and perhaps in the right move I would consider it, but I think we need to be aiming higher with our tradeable assets.
  8. 2 points
    Callahan put up 17 points this year and 18 points the season before that. He is 34 years old and is making $5.8m next season. He isn't the same player he was, at this point he is nothing more than a 4th line energy guy with experience. I like the player, but taking on his contract makes no sense unless we get something in return, like a pick or prospect or sending Neal's contract the other way.
  9. 2 points
    I see it differnetly. While I agree that there should have been more tinkering with line combos/pp, the Flames did make multiple system adjustment throughout the year. A huge reason they struggle out of the break is they switched their system, and it was also a key reason the top line went cold. The Flames stopped being such a rush team and tried to become a more dump and chase grind away team, and they made some adjustments with their D to stop giving up all the odd man rushes they gave up in the first half of the year. I don't think it was a case of they weren't ready or needing to adjust, they simply needed a better game plan and better execution when it mattered.
  10. 2 points
    Not a fan. I think he's a very junior-esque player, he is a talented goal scorer with great hands but his skating isn't that close to elite, his spacing defensively is off, and his problems are exacerbated by his lack of all-around effort (a.k.a. only gives a crap in the offensive zone). To put it mildly, he's a bit of a *****. Insert whatever 5 letter swear you like. Kids like that can turn it around in theory, but from my experience those types of prospects don't ever turn around for you. Kids who don't already have a heart and balls of steel need a kick in the Hash Rate to get it, and usually that ends up being a trade after a few years of struggling. He's a perfectly normal and even likable guy otherwise, but by the time players like that turn into quality assets they've already moved to another team and you don't even see the benefit. Kaliyev isn't the worst in this draft by any stretch in that regard but even in a world where draft prospects who have warts or problems with consistent effort tend to have that ignored in favor of skills among the public eye, Kaliyev is noticeably not an energetic player. Things like that are innate traits and habits aren't easy to get rid of, and a guy who is willing to bail on a puck battle often finds it a slippery slope because the moment you are OK with losing once, what's the difference in losing another? What's the difference between this corner scrum and the last one? I could be wrong, but I'll take a kid with fire to go along with the skill, because it's not like his level of talent is so high I'd live with the rest of his game. Give me the kid who would rather die than quit on this play, every play. To be honest, that's partly why I'm not a huge fan of Suzuki either. You don't have to be big or strong to be a pain in the Hash Rate to play against, so guys who play a perimeter game or expect others to do the work are huge pet peeves with me. I don't ask for much but you better be willing to try and do everything you ask of your linemates yourself or else you're a selfish player.
  11. 2 points
    I understand, but then I think the worry could be that if we wait until next year and he has a similar season, he becomes a definitely untradeable player whereas now he teams might think it’s just the fit, or that we used him wrong. I can’t see teams wanting to chance it if he’s still playing like poop then.
  12. 2 points
    Sorry But i dont Share this View of giving up on him yet i seen this the previous Season with Hamonic being with a new team now this is the same scenario new team new coach it takes time i think James Neal know he can be alot better and will be when the season starts i just know how hard it can be to go from team to team and adjusting is easier said then done i Know im Gonna take Heat for he is a Professional player but sometimes it is alot easier said then done if after next season there is no Improvement Fine move him but give him that year leeway to get adjusted to the team and the coach
  13. 1 point
    It is really fascinating how some players perform so well without being great skaters. I do remember that Chucky was skating quite well at the beginning of last year. He was surprisingly fast. I wonder if he feels as effective when he does turn on the jets. That is, can he handle the puck as well when he is going fast. Tkachuk will get bank as you said.
  14. 1 point
    Have you Watched Tkachuk play?? He is valueable on any team! I went to see a game where he had 5 points and he is even going to get better. I see the Flames offering him a contract around 8 million dollars a season, hopefully the Flames persuade him to sign for even cheaper!
  15. 1 point
    Time to step away until after the Draft and see what takes place. Maybe even get some yardwork done.
  16. 1 point
    Nice to see him under contract.
  17. 1 point
    There's a lesson to be learned from the Blues. They've been a heavyweight in the West for 5-7 years, faced lots of expectations, and couldn't get it done. Written off as "playoff chokers". They have made the big blockbuster trade to go all in- Ryan Miller... didn't work out. Moved many key pieces via trade or lost in UFA, captain Backes, Shattenkirk, who at the time was an elite point producer. Doug Armstrong did a great job building up that franchise, guys like Blais, Barbashev, Thomas, Dunn, all effective role players they drafted and developed. But they also didn't give up and make a panic trade. You keep knocking on the playoff door and eventually you can go on a run. 2 years in a row teams with playoff demons have broke through. No reason it can't be us. Keep making the playoffs and give ourselves a chance for the stars to align
  18. 1 point
    James Mirtle was on the fan today and mentioned that Florida might look to buyout Reimer or trade him. I wonder if they would trade him at 50% retained for a low pick. Reimer at $1.7m to be a 1B would be an alright option and might be better and cheaper than any goalie that will be available to us in UFA.
  19. 1 point
    I think the 3 year bridge deal is the best way to go with this contract, that should keep his cap hit down to the $7m-7.5m range. If you go max term it puts him in the $8.5m range. He isn't a great skater and with the way he plays I do wonder about how he will age. If you look at Wayne Simmonds who is a fairly comparable player, he is only 30 years old and he is starting to decline rapidly. I would just be weary of going max term, lots can happen in 8 years.
  20. 1 point
    Id say thats a very heavy overpay. Id love to have Virtanen , but at the same time , he's another Bennett.. high expectations not yet fulfilled and now its been long enough you wonder what he really is TJ should be getting you a first , or at very least a solid offensively contributing forward I've noticed , as many have , we tend to seriously devalue our own players Take Brodie.. he seriously is the same player he has been for years, a top 4 puck moving dman, hes never been a Defensive rock, but he does what he does best. He hasn't gotten worse, he has simply just been passed on the depth chart by other players.. hence, trade him for better value .. but just because he has been passed on our team , other teams have a top 4 spot ready for him Stone is a great example , he is the same D-man he was when we acquired him . When we got him he was a solid #4 on this team.. but he has been pushed way down the depth chart to where he is probably at least #7.. he hasn't regressed , hes been surpassed . but we see him as a buyout candidate nobody will want -- in Edmonton for example he would be automatically top 4 and worth every penny of his contract . Even Toronto would fit him .Some team should be more than willing to use him at his current value because he will upgrade their current top 4 Kulak went to Mtl and earned a regular spot .. did he get suddenly better ? No . they just didnt have the D pipeline we do .. he was what he was, but here he would still be a 6-7 When you deal from strength , we forget we have the ability to throw out things that other teams will covet .. these players aren't garbage, they just aren't good enough to play for Calgary anymore
  21. 1 point
    I think my biggest argument has always been , what team does? Unless you get lucky enough to park a kid behind a stud workhorse like Rinne or King Henry, the development just isn't there to have the patience to graduate them Granted , we messed up not grooming a true heir apparent when Kipper was here .. San jose and anaheim used to have a pipeline but where they scoutred is no longer a secret .. same as how Calgary used to find those unknown College studs back in the day Ive said for a long time , we need to break ground again .. we were the first NHL team to employ a full time goalie coach .. now there needs to be a full time goaltending department - dedicated goalie scouts , dedicated goalie camps , make some deals with european teams to park a goalie there if you get so many you cant spread them around , but with 100% focus on finding and developing goalies our way until this happens it will always be a crapshoot..its a longer investment just to find out years later if they are good enough
  22. 1 point
    You are right I forgot Jankowski for trading which I would do. I think to OTT for a 2nd round pick, we could use it. Hathaway will depend on his asking price.
  23. 1 point
    So here's one and fully expect some blow back with this suggestion. Vancouver: T.J. Brodie Calgary: Jake Virtanen 2019 40th overall Friedman said on the latest 31 Thoughts podcast that Vancouver is looking to retool their defense and are on of the busier teams in terms of looking to improve. Brodie helps their defense that isn't overly mobile. Virtanen is a guy that might need a change of scenery, but he fits what we need, he is big, he has grit, he can skate and shoot. We also get a 2nd round pick in this draft, which we might be able to package with the 26th pick to move up in the draft or just keep it and add another high end piece to cupboards. The biggest thing here is we drop some needed cap space. Friedman also stated in his podcast that teams are preparing like the cap in only going to be in the range of $81-82m as opposed to the rumoured $83m. If the players don't use their escalator than the cap won't go to $83m. So cap space is going to be king here. Virtanen also could fill Frolik's spot and allow for us to trade him for picks.
  24. 1 point
    Kypreos aid on Tim & Sid that Nashville is interested in Neal. I think that Turris would be an upgrade on Jankowski on the 3rd line. So I can see there being a fit. It also sounds like Nashville really wants to make a big push for Duchene, so clearing out Turris makes sense for them. Turris is a much better skater than Neal so I can see him being more effective for longer. The problem is I think Nashville wants to clear salary so Turris for Neal only clears $250K. So I am guessing that Nashville is either hoping Calgary will eat salary or take another contract or that another team offers a better deal.
  25. 1 point
    I don't think we will see Hamonic going anywhere. I'm not sure we will even see Brodie traded will believe it when I see it. I have been saying for 3 years to lose Brodie. LOL
  26. 1 point
    Brendan Lemieux could be servicable in that regard. Comparable to Hath in points, not a PKer but will prob end up being cheaper.
  27. 1 point
    Trading Johnny for Hall would be a disaster, I really don't get why it keeps coming up. I understand that Johnny and Hall have comparable skill sets, but Hall is on an expiring contract and will command 8 or 9m + in a year's time, plus he could just walk away at that point. Oh, and he's only played more than 70 games 4 times out of 8 seasons (excluding the lockout), and is coming off an extremely shortened season as well. 50/50 chance he misses significant time during the season. Johnny has 2 more years than Hall at a bargain price. If we were looking to sign him today, his contract would start at 10M most likely. So if we were to Trade Johnny, we better be getting: a) An equal talent at comparable contract length and cost (not sure that exists at the moment, Barkov is probably closest) b) A better or younger talent that we can control for longer but the contract price is higher (Marner for example) c) A top level young player coming into his own soon + a high draft pick (Nico Hirschier + 1st) I get that these trades are unlikely, but that's kind of the point. If you can't get something like I have suggested here, then you hang on to him.
  28. 1 point
    As I said, I don't necessarily suggest trading him. I do not consider it to be crazy to consider the option of trading him, just not the direction most people would go. If trading him for a player who is similar in level of play, while different stylistically would be a reasonable option. Trading him for a player of equal skill but different style who costs less, is signed long term and gets you an added draft pick would be a win and should not be shrugged off. I would happily trade Gaudreau for Mackinnon who is bigger, younger, more relentless on the puck, lower cap hit, 2 years younger and signed for an extra season. If the Avs would throw in a draft pick on top of that, you are looking at a no brainer trade. If you consider that Johnny has a history of getting shut down offensively when teams take away his space, while Mackinnon drives the play and will play more physical (just look at our playoff series), he is a RH shot C, then you you cannot say that trading Johnny is crazy. While it is 99% unlikely that Colorado would consider this trade, You can't deny that while maybe not an upgrade himself, MacKinnon was better in goals, equal in points, better in playoffs, more physical, bigger, cheaper, younger and signed longer then he is a least equal and may actually be better suited for the Flames and how they want to play. Straight up I would make that trade, if Colorado xadd a prospect, another piece or a draft pick and you almost have to make that trade. I don't know anyone who wouldn't take McDavid or Kucherov straight up for Johnny. Nobody is suggesting moving Johnny for picks, simply suggesting that Johnny COULD be moved for the right trade that helps the team now and in the future. Again, just pointing out that trading Johnny may not be a popular notion, but it is not crazy either if you get the right return.
  29. 1 point
    Tomasino, Lavoie and Hoglander are really the only guys I really like at 26 and there is a good chance that they are gone by then. Kaliyev has good skill but the desire and compete is lacking. Leason is a late 2nd rounder IMO Suzuki isn't a guy I would take in the 1st round and I see a big drop off from Krebs to him. Thomson also is a 2nd rounder IMO Seider is tough to get a read on, I have seen him listed in the teens and in the 20's, he has good size and good skating ability, not sure how much offense is there. At the end of the day I think it's a moot point because I don't think we have what Philly wants or we don't want to move what what Philly wants.
  30. 1 point
    I would do Brodie, Jankowski, Gillies for Palmieri and Zacha. I like Palmieri and think he would be a good fit here.
  31. 1 point
    You're right, this is MUCH worse. We drained the pipeline trying to win a cup with Iggy. Which was just, soooo, unbelievably shortsighted. I expect that from the general population but not from management. Now, we're draining the pipeline to stay competitive with Gio in the regular season with a team we already know has no hope in the playoffs. Look through this forum, people have been saying "Our best chance to win a SC is in the next 3 IMO" since the forum was created, literally. Please we need to stop this. You should have a good chance to win Every year. We only see these windows because we keep putting ourselves behind the 8-ball draining our pipeline for 1-in-a-million chances. I'll tell you right now management didn't keep Iggy for the cup. They can do math. I think. They kept him for the regular season ticket sales. And you can better believe that's why they'll want to keep Gio. I'm not here for the regular season ticket sales. And I plan on being here a lot longer than 2-3 years. So I'd love to see us stop kicking ourselves.
  32. 1 point
    I wish we had just showed up a bit more. At least look competitive.
  33. 1 point
    Exactly. If someone can't see last season as a good start to better things then I'm not sure they ever will.
  34. 1 point
    Maybe, but I wouldn't do that deal. I don't think I would do Backlund straight across for Kessel. Nothing against Kessel, I just think we are too thin at center to be trading Backlund for a winger.
  35. 1 point
    I don't think anyone is blaming Neal for the way the season ended. I think it's just a case of how do we get better next season, and clearing Neal's salary and roster spot opens a lot more possibilities. That's all. I personally think this team needs to upgrade Monahan and get a true number 2 center if we want to improve and take another step. Getting a true number 1 center would take a lot of the load off of Gaudreau, who currently has to carry Monahan offensively and defensively and that's just too much to ask from him. If you move Neal's contract it gives you a lot more room to figure out how to get a number 1 center onto the team.
  36. 1 point
    Based on what? This whole "1 good year = next year bad" is BS. Sure it may seem like that historically but none of those teams from that period were as dominant as last years. Don't forget those years were filled with spare parts from other teams because of the organizations horrendous scouting, questionable management, and carousel coaching. How many times was the team poor enough to miss the playoffs but good enough to miss picking a potential franchise player? Sure there are improvements still to be made but to think that the same core, even with setbacks and injuries won't make the playoffs seems overly pessimistic.
  37. 1 point
    Any interest in Colin Miller from Vegas? I keep seeing his name out there in the rumour mill. He is a good skating RHS D with a bomb of a shot. He can play on the 2nd pair or bottom pairing. He is signed at $3.88m for 3 more years. If we move Brodie or Hamonic and buy out Stone, Miller would fill in the gaps quite nicely.
  38. 1 point
    Actually, the Flames did that with Reinhart when they traded him to the Nucks, to help steal a win or two away from Edm, allowing the Flames to win the league. Although the Canucks almost knocked em out, it was a move to help the Flames win the div.
  39. 1 point
    Hopefully Nygard chooses us, not that it’s the end of the world... remember how excited we al got over Foo choosing us over the Oilers?
  40. 1 point
    That was one component of many, really none of the lines scored. Name the line, same thing. But that wasn't even our biggest problem, that goes back to what you said about Gio, and generally our defence. We were smoked on defence. The only thing I Can't think of to blame is goaltending, and goaltending also was not cup-worthy. Just, we were given good enough goaltending to win the series and still did not. robrob74 said it best: EVERYONE. At the same time though, some were worse than others. Bottom line, I don't think James Neal is going to solve the problem we have, no matter what you do with him. Yes, it's a worthy discussion topic. As are Most other players on our team right now. Many of which have high trade value. I'm just seeing the buy high, sell low mentality, potentially, and making a note on it.
  41. 1 point
    Eberle is slowing down skating wise, I don't think he will be able to keep up with the play in the very near future. Eberle is a prime candidate to be a player like Neal where his skating and skills deteriorate so drastically that he can not compete at an NHL level, I mean he already doesn't compete at an NHL level.
  42. 1 point
    I get that Neal had some opportunity with 13 and 23, but IMO nowhere near enough. History has proven that it doesn't really matter who's playing with Gaudreau and Monahan, that line still scores... Hudler, Colborne, Ferland, Lindholm. We are stuck with Neal so we may as well do our best to make it work. You'd think Neal would work his tail off this summer to ensure he bounces back. My opinion is since you're stuck with him, you may as well try to make it work. I'd give him the start of the next season on the top line, provided he has a decent training camp. 7-10 games to start the season, if he is a non-factor then you scratch him, if he is then maybe your 5.75 isn't a complete waste. Either way putting him with players like 77, 93, 27 etc isn't going to get more than 19 points next season out of Neal
  43. 1 point
    Calgary will lose the rights to Zach Fischer and D'artangan Joly on June 1st if they aren't signed. I can't see them signing Fischer, but Joly seems like a guy with some upside. I believe if we don't sign Joly he goes back into the draft. Joly is a 6'3" RHS RW.
  44. 1 point
    More importantly is that there is no scenario on next season's team to have his situation be any different, so he has to go. I truly think Tkachuk is the best to handle a move to his off hand wing to RW on the top line with Gaudreau and Lindholm not Monahan.
  45. 1 point
    To add to what Cross is saying, I think you also have to add what we can add with that added cap space into the discussion. If we trade Neal and a 2nd and are able to add a legit top 6 forward or a legit number 1 goalie on reasonable contract then that is a clear win. The biggest factor with moving Neal is what we end up doing with the cap space.
  46. 1 point
    I actually don't disagree that he must be traded at any cost. The key questions for me is what is that cost is it worth it to pay that cost to move him. For example if it cost a first round pick to move him i'd say no as I don't thikn that is worth it, but if it was a 2nd (and yes i'm fully aware they have no second) i'd say yes in a heartbeat. Depends on cost. Also I will add a caveat that for me this has been a bad deal the second it was signed so even if he "bounces back" it still not a good contract. For pepole who expect Neal to bounce back I would also add who was the last player you can think of who was over the age of 30 and reversed a downward trend in his career? People seem to be arguing that Neal's play fell off a cliff this season, but it really didn't. It fell somewhat dramatically from previous years but it's been a steady decline so I personally don't think it's realistic to expect that Neal is suddenly going to reverse all of that and go back to 20-25 goals and 45 plus points. It's an extremely rare thing to do.
  47. 1 point
    What is getting lost with the evaluation on Neal is that it as always been the situation where the other players have made him successful not the other way around. Players such as Gaudreau and Tkachuk drive the action on their lines, Neal is the type of player that is a recipient of such line mates, he is a proven sniper. Last season he was never put in that position and I would say if management doesn't view him as a top 6 player everything possible should be done to trade him.
  48. 1 point
    We have a bunch mid tier guys in Hamonic, Hanifin, Brodie and then we have a couple of guys that are on their way up in Andersson and Valimaki. If we traded Gio this season it would leave too big of a hole on our defense. Really Gio is our only top pairing guy, Brodie played there but he isn't an ideal top pairing defenseman. Andersson played there and didn't look out of place, but he was being carried by Gio, he didn't look like he was ready to run a top pairing. If you look at the team's left in the playoffs they all have multiple top end defense. San Jose: Burns, Karlsson, Vlasic St. Louis: Pietrangelo, Parayko Carolina: Slavin, Pesce, Hamilton Boston: McAvoy, Chara, Carlo, Krug
  49. 1 point
    I honestly don’t think the Flames ever peaked. The first line peaked, but the rest of the team didn’t play along. Then the fourth line peaked in the second half but the first line died. The third line peaked without Neal and then died when he returned. If peaking means playing 2-3 weeks of team hockey then they peaked too early. But they didn’t play as a whole unit for a lot of the season. I think we were lucky to be in first by the end of the year, riding different lines that got hot at the right time in order to get us there.
  50. 1 point
    The Flames almost signed Reaves in the summer. Would they have beat the Avs if Reaves was in the lineup? Doubt it. Fact is the Flames peaked too early and weren’t at their best when they needed it most, they didn’t lose because the Avs man-handled them
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