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FlamesNation: 31 Thoughts: Flames among 'most aggressive teams' in trade market
Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman emptied his Stanley Cup Final notebook in the latest edition of his 31 Thoughts column. In this edition, he listed the Calgary Flames as among the "most aggressive teams" in the trade market.
There's a ton of trade talk. Among the most aggressive teams: Buffalo, Calgary, Chicago, Minnesota, Nashville, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Toronto, Vancouver, Vegas, Washington and Winnipeg. Depending on how the draft goes, we could see some frenetic attempts to move up and down.
Friedman also touched on a potential James Neal trade - something he discussed on Sportsnet 960 The Fan last week - noting that the Flames had "tested the market" for the forward.
FlamesNation: Don't expect the Flames to buy anybody out (right away)
The National Hockey League is getting close to the draft and free agency as the annual contract buyout window opens up at 3 p.m. MT on Saturday afternoon. The window gives NHL clubs two weeks to decide whether to get out from under some bad deals by throwing money at them. The Calgary Flames could definitely use some cap wiggle room, but don't expect Brad Treliving to go buying anybody out right away.<strong>Could they use the cap space?</strong>
As we've established earlier this spring, the Flames are in a tight salary cap position:
Via PuckPedia - and our sweet math skills - the contracts for these gentlemen is $63.
FlamesNation: Flames 2019 First Round Targets: Patrik Puistola
The late part of the first round is a wacky time of the NHL Draft. The later you get into the first round, the higher the probability that a team will go "off book" and draft a player that's not on everyone's radar. Finnish forward Patrik Puistola is making a case for the Calgary Flames to make him an "off the board" pick at 26th overall.<strong>Scouting report<br/> <p>Puistola is the second generation of his family to play Finnish pro hockey. His dad, Pasi, played pro hockey until 2016-17 and currently serves as Tappara's video coach.</p></strong>
FlamesNation: Pondering the future of Heat hockey in Stockton
As the Calgary Flames continue their preparation for the draft, trades, and free agency, there is one more important matter to secure, at least for Mrs. Finest and me. October will begin the fifth and final year of the contract between the City of Stockton, Stockton Arena, and the Calgary Flames. The City of Stockton will be celebrating their 15th year of professional hockey with the first 10 being with the ECHL's Stockton Thunder.<strong>2017-18 vs. 2018-19</strong>
At the end of last year, I chronicled the decline in attendance through the first 13 years of hockey in Stockton.
FlamesNation: Would James Reimer be a fit as Flames backup?
For the umpteenth year in a row, the Calgary Flames are looking for a goaltender. It seems likely that David Rittich will be the team's starting netminder to open the 2019-20 season, but the Flames need a backup to spell him off. Friday on social media The Athletic's James Mirtle pondered if Florida Panthers netminder James Reimer could be a fit for the Flames.
I expect the Panthers will either trade (with retained salary) or buy out James Reimer in the coming weeks. Hasn't worked out in Florida and Panthers are pursuing Bobrovsky. Reimer would be good fit as a second goalie to complement a newer starter, perhaps somewhere like Calgary.
Matchsticks and Gasoline: The Last 26 Players Taken at #26
With the Flames holding Pick #26 and different possibilities swirling about the trading of the pick, I wanted to look at some of the players picked with Pick #26. Obviously you can't judge the picks value based on other players as it comes down to the competencies of the various scouting staffs involved, but here's an idea of the kind of players chosen and their career numbers.Players at Pick 26
1994 Dan Cloutier G NY Rangers 351 139-142-33-4 0.
FlamesNation: Flames 2019 First Round Targets: Matthew Robertson
If there's one player the Calgary Flames know well of the potential first round picks, it's Edmonton Oil Kings defenseman Matthew Robertson. The Flames own a Western Hockey League team and Robertson played on their top rival. Might he be their 26th overall selection?<strong>Scouting report<br/> <p>I've seen Robertson in-arena roughly five teams this season and he's one of my favourite players to watch in the entire WHL. He's got size, listed as 6'4'' and 200 pounds. He's a left shot defender, something the Flames have but always need more of. More impressively, Robertson is just an amazingly poised hockey player - never rattled and rarely caught out of position.</p></strong>
FlamesNation: 2019 NHL Draft Scout Series: the OHL
Next stop on the 2019 NHL Draft Scout Series is the Ontario Hockey League. Dylan Galloway is Future Considerations' Head of Eastern Scouting and was kind enough to share his thoughts on what shapes up to be a bit of a down year for OHL draft eligibles.
Christian Roatis: In what is a bit of rarity for the OHL, they have no representatives in the Top 10 of Future Considerations' rankings for the 2019 NHL Draft - Ryan Suzuki is the top of the class at 14th overall, much lower than the top OHLer is usually ranked.
Matchsticks and Gasoline: Flames Sign Eetu Tuulola to ELC
The Calgary Flames announced today that they signed 2016 6th Round Pick Eetu Tuulola to an entry-level contract with the club. Tuulola's rights were set to expire on June 1 2020.
Tuulola was selected at pick #156 in 2016 after spending the year playing junior hockey in Finland. He moved to North America for 2016-17, putting up 31 points in 64 games with Everett of the WHL.
Tuulola went back to Finland for the last two seasons, putting up 26 and 36 points respectively with HPK Hameenlinna. He's currently listed a t 6'2, 215 lbs and will probably play for Stockton this year.
FlamesNation: Flames sign Eetu Tuulola to entry-level deal
The National Hockey League's off-season began on Thursday and the Calgary Flames conducted a bit of business. The club has announced they have signed right wing Eetu Tuulola to a three year entry level contract.
.@CortexBusiness Transaction Alert: The #Flames have signed forward Eetu Tuulola to a three-year, two-way entry level contract. https://t.co/WBzJBXPwWn
-- Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) June 13, 2019
Tuulola, 21, was the Flames' sixth round selection in the 2016 NHL Draft. A product of Hameenliina, Finland, he had come up through his hometown club team (HPK) and impressed with his size and shot.
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Matchsticks and Gasoline: 2018-19 Player Report Card: Travis Hamonic
Regular Season: 69 GP, 7 G, 12 A, 19 Pts, 33 PIM, +21, -1.4 CFRel%
Playoffs: 5 GP, 0 G, 0 A, 0 Pts, 2 PIM<strong>Individual Grades</strong>
MarkParkinson14= (A) How many times do you have to have your face broken before you get respect? Travis Hamonic was the ultimate team player in 2018-19 as he sacrificed his body (face) on multiple occasions this season to help the team and defend his teammates. Points wise Hamonic had his best season since 2015-16 and set a new career high in blocked shots with 167.