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  1. FlamesLogic

    Goaltending

    CHad Johnson fits as a guy to challenge ortio
  2. FlamesLogic

    Goaltending

    Yes Niemi is the worst choice (Reimer is better) BUT the only reason you get Niemi is if you deal Wideman back. I wish he included Bobrosky in the analysis
  3. FlamesLogic

    Goaltending

    Bishop is best goalie but Im not convinced Tampa needs to deal him. MAF needs to be dealt. Bobrovsky contributes to a horrible CBJ roster management problem. Could be rewarded for helping them out. Niemi or Lehtonen need to be moved. Rask/Subban have similar issue to Pitt.
  4. FlamesLogic

    Goaltending

    Thats the thing, Calgary cant afford Bishop with a raise next year either. Or would find it very difficult to do so with heavy investment in D and young forwards. So if its a one year thing as a stop gap then whats the cost?
  5. FlamesLogic

    Goaltending

    I think the Ben Bishop talk is false smoke. Tampa has no reason to deal him since protecting him isnt an issue (him being UFA and all). Infact they can probably get just as much as a deadline rental as they could right now. The only reason they would need to deal him would be for cap considerations. They only reason they would have cap considerations is if they are trying to pay Stamkos. The only way they can sign Stamkos is if they have Bishop in net. Pus you need Bishop to play ball with his NMC. As such I don't expect anything to happen on the Bishop front until at least a week after the start of UFA when Stamkos is likely signed. AND most likely, nothing until TDL 2017.
  6. And that why Hartley's system only works if you got Patrick Roy or Carey Price back there holding the fort.
  7. FlamesLogic

    Goaltending

    Agreed, they get more for him today than if they wait until end of next season. More certainty as well. Only gamble is if Murray is a replacement or if hes another Cam Ward (parlay a rookie cup run into multiple years of solid but uninspiring play).
  8. FlamesLogic

    Goaltending

    It would be between SC final and entry draft. And there is no guarantee that it will force a teams hands for this season unless some other rules of engagements come down that lock a player to a roster. I can see Pitt really wanted to take another kick at the can with the players they got and then worrying about dealing them in that short window.
  9. FlamesLogic

    Goaltending

    4 options right now. a) MAF from Pitt - only if expansion forces it Anderson from ANA - only if expansion forces it or RFA deal can't get done c) Niemi for Wideman - Allows both teams to shift a contract they don't want to pay to a team that could make use of a decent player, just one that has an undesirable contract. (Niemi is more about having over 10M in goalie contracts) d) UFA likely Reimer OR outside chance of Chad Johnson or Antii Raanta Doing nothing isnt an option. Need a second goalie in NHL.
  10. FlamesLogic

    Goaltending

    Wideman for Niemi deal just got more real with Cam Ward signing and Goligoski being dealt
  11. FlamesLogic

    Goaltending

    Agreed, IF expansion comes, one of them becomes available. With the play of Murray being at least on par with MAF proper asset management would dictate they keep the more cost effective goalie. That makes MAF available. This is only if expansion becomes a factor. If not then they keep both as they are still affordable right now.
  12. I wonder why you couldnt design the new arena to handle football games. The field is bigger but the lower bowl can roll back seats to expand the floor area already in the saddle dome. Designing a 35000 seat stadium is not practical for flames games (infact they dont project more seats with their current design, just more suites and primo seats) so the question is, does the stamps need 35000 seats for stamps games? Or will 15-20k seats in an ENCLOSED area be of more use? Obviously scale ticket pricing to match. Im thinking there is a market for those paying $35 to sit outside in October to sit inside at $70. The ideal thing about the stamps is that they typically play in the non hockey months so it gives the venue another 10-12 solid uses per year. That said, I think the field house/mcmahon replacement may be something that a world games or olympics heralds in as a venue for opening/closing ceremonies and whatever events can take place on the floor of the venue. Thinking curling might be a good fit or even some of the figure skating events. Hockey obviously in new facility COP for ski jumps/snowboard/luge/bobsleigh, etc Mountains for some of the alpine events We already have the oval for speed skating, but maybe it needs a larger venue.
  13. What about moving Wideman for a NHL goalie from a team that has a goalie in a similar situation. ie, a player that still has value just perhaps isn't offering enough value on the contract. That way we trade our overpayment on DEF into the need in need. Dallas is a prime trade partner. They have Lehtonen at 5.9 for multiple years and Niemi at 4.5 for multiple years. Both are 32 yrs old. If they swapped Niemi for Wideman they have a guy at D that can feed their offensive players and can contribute every game. Whereas with two goalies like that they are having 5.9 or 4.5 mil sitting on the bench every game. Maybe Wideman isnt worth 5.25M anymore but hes still a valuable vet, just closer to the say 3-3.5M range. Both Niemi or Lehtonen are at least comparable to Cam Ward or Reimer in terms of skill and their contracts have 2 years remaining. Which is about the time we would have to get a good look at Ortio/Gillies/McDonald coming up in our system.
  14. FlamesLogic

    Goaltending

    Got to say, Freddy Anderson is looking good. Im still partial to a low cost UFA but maybe this guy might be worth something in trade. Hes probably going to demand in the 3.5-4.5 mil range and if we equate that to an offersheet we are looking at a first and third for the trade. Maybe Dallas first and our third is the price? (if we get them) or our second/third? Possibly could do that if his contract gets done and agreed to as part of the deal. 4x4?
  15. FlamesLogic

    Goaltending

    I think most would be ok with that scenario as well but you will still need to bring in some kind of vet or journeyman to help him transition.
  16. FlamesLogic

    Goaltending

    For what its worth hes a 6'3" goalie with better career numbers than Reimer. And the fact that Carolina didnt deal UFA ward in a year where they dealt Eric Staal leads me to believe that there is a better than not chance that Carolina will resign him. Now who is left with more games of experience that isnt on a downward trend or with better numbers that has played 100 games? Its not as much of a risk as you might think. Ramo is only sitting at 150 games with a torn ACL and worse numbers than Reimer (2.85 and .906)
  17. FlamesLogic

    Goaltending

    Exactly, infact contract increases expectations which in turn puts stress on goalie. imo let lets others chase the "names" in Cam Ward or Reimer, give me Chad Johnson any day. Raised in Calgary, played in Brooks. Consistent stats across multiple teams. Good goalie frame at 6'3". Can take a contract where he plays the lead in a tandem with ortio at 50 ish games a season. Probably wont demand an overpayment on his contract and may be had in the 3-4.5 range depending on term.
  18. FlamesLogic

    Goaltending

    Odds are no. I think the best place he will find a home is behind Luongo in Florida at say 2M. Gives him more time to rehabilitate and gives the panthers a decent stop gap at a good price in the event Luongo gets a major injury
  19. FlamesLogic

    Goaltending

    Equal to Ramo before ACL tear. Who knows how that will impact him especially with it happening fairly late in the season. 10 months to recover to playable form most cases and thats just playable. Thats not 100%. Ramo likely wont be 100% until 2017-2018. I agree, I dont know what offers Reimer will get but there are really only two teams willing to pay more than 3M for a goalie. Us and Carolina. Maybe florida opens the wallet a bit to have a good backup behind Luongo and his 4.5M but I think they are looking more at the Enroth types as well if they can be had for Brian Elliot or Jake Allen money (2.5M). Cam Ward and Reimer are the two bigger names. Unless someone wants to overpay for one of them to be a strong backup we are the only people that might put say 2x4.5M on the table for one of them.
  20. FlamesLogic

    Goaltending

    Goalies coming off torn ACL's are not a high priority for me. Either give them longer away to heal or let another team recuperate them. I dont look at Ramo if I have the option to get: Ward, Reimer, Chad Johnson, Enroth, Raanta or even a reasonable deal to get Niemi from Dallas or someone elses RFA like a Mrazek. As such I think there is probably 10 other options to look at before we look at Ramo.
  21. FlamesLogic

    Goaltending

    You give Ortio about 25-30 starts next year after signing him to a one or two year one way deal close to what his RFA status dictates. You need to bring in a guy to handle the other 50 or so starts. Gillies is at least 2-3 years away as he needs at least 1 full AHL season under his belt to show what he can do. No one is saying Ortio can't be a starter, just that for his development (he is still a younger goalie) you want to give him room to grow without carrying all the stress on his own. 2 years behind a veteran in the NHL is the best case and I think most will agree. After those 2 years you make your decision for further role. Thats why I think a Chad Johnson (bigger Cam Talbot type) on a 2 yr reasonable price deal is one of the better options. If Johnson stinks up the joint you arent invested long term and can turn to Ortio/Gillies. If Johnson is good you continue the relationship and maybe move Ortio to make room for Gillies. OR if Johnson is good but Ortio is also pressing you ship out Johnson on TDL like Reimer this year and prepare for Ortio/Gillies. The goalie rules are so skewed towards favouring big goalies that all things being equal take the 6'3" plus goalie instead as he covers quite a bit more of the net just in padding. Its why Gillies is so attractive to me. A good 6'5" er like Ben Bishop.
  22. FlamesLogic

    Goaltending

    Regardless Ortio has played himself into a one way deal next year as the backup. He wont have a big enough sample size for anyone to annoint him as anything else. That said the better he plays the more you shy away from the Cam Wards and move more towards the Antti Raantas.
  23. FlamesLogic

    Goaltending

    I'm ok with all of your scenarios including Reimer. Key to me in the absence of elite options is to get the best value option and invest cap in other areas instead
  24. FlamesLogic

    Goaltending

    These are the teams and the goalies that are under contract next year. For RFA's that are likely to be resigned I included them as well. Team Goalie A Goalie B Pittsburgh Penguins fluery murray Tampa Bay Lightning bishop vasilevskiy Detroit Red Wings howard Mrazek RFA St. Louis Blues Jake Allen Elliot Los Angeles Kings Quick Vancouver Canucks Miller Markstrom New York Rangers Lundqvist Hellberg Chicago Blackhawks Crawford Darling San Jose Sharks Jones Washington Capitals Holtby Grubauer Toronto Maple Leafs Bernier Sparks RFA Minnesota Wild Dubnyk Kuemper RFA Montreal Canadiens Price Condon Boston Bruins Rask Philadelphia Flyers Mason Neuvirth Dallas Stars Lehtonen Niemi Calgary Flames Ortio RFA Edmonton Oilers Talbot Brossoit Columbus Blue Jackets Bobrovsky McElhinney Florida Panthers Luongo New York Islanders Halak Greiss Ottawa Senators Anderson Hammond Anaheim Ducks Gibson Colorado Avalanche Varlamov Berra New Jersey Devils Schneider Kinkaid Nashville Predators Rinne Buffalo Sabres Lehner Carolina Hurricanes Eddie Lack Arizona Coyotes Mike Smith langhamer Winnipeg Jets Pavelec Hutchinson RFA There are 9 NHL jobs available next year (including Calgary). Of these 4 have a strong/expensive starter and as such are looking for a cheaper/weaker backup type if they dont promote from within. As such there is only 4 other jobs competing with Calgary for a UFA goalie. Backup for Luongo in Flordia Starter in Calgary Tandem with Gibson in Anaheim Tandem/Backup for Lehner in Buffalo Starter/Tandem in Carolina Only Carolina and Calgary can arguably say that they are looking for a goalie to handle more than 40 games a year. As such why not simply see what can of value we can derive from the likes of Cam Ward, Reimer, Antti Raanta, Ramo, Chad Johnson? We are likely one of the few teams willing to pay more than 3M to a goalie and we can see which player is able to bid himself for that job. I dont see any of these guys as being supremely better than the other to the point where we need to get into a bidding war for their services. Ramo and his injury is probably better off going to a place like Florida or Buffalo where he doesnt need to perform day 1. Maybe this is the situation we need to force Reimer into a one or two year prove it contract to see if he can get bigger UFA dollars when the market is better. Raanta is potentially a Cam Talbot quality goalie for free and may very well work for 3M and provide a more experienced lead goalie for Ortio to work behind. The point is we have leverage due to playing opportunity and willingness to pay and we should maximize that to help save our cap dollars.
  25. FlamesLogic

    Goaltending

    Why offer Ortio a 2 way? It doesnt help his waiver status and would make him less likely to sign. Just qualify him for a year or sign him for two at that level if it avoid arbitration. I think he would feel alright about taking 700kish on a one way for a year or two while the flames see if he can really be the backup. His work this past month suggest to me that he can handle that role at a reasonable price for us.
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