Unless the two sides can hammer out a contract before the season begins, Calgary fan-favorite Micheal Ferland might not be in the Flames lineup on opening night.
Ferland captured the hearts of Flames fans in the post-season with his physical play, but the 23-year-old left winger is still a restricted free agent and, according to Calgary Flames GM Jim Treliving, it doesn’t appear Ferland is any closer to inking a new contract.
The Calgary Sun’s Randy Sportak spoke with Calgary Flames GM Brad Treliving, who quipped that the only things keeping the deal from getting finished are, “money and term, that’s all.”
“We’ll bang away,” Treliving told Sportak. “We haven’t been able to find something that both sides nod on yet, but we’ve still got some time.” Read more
After scoring 13 goals and 35 points, Curtis Glencross remains without a deal for the 2015-16 season. And with the speedy winger still looking for a contract, he’s having some regrets about his prior four-year deal with the Calgary Flames.
In May 2011, Glencross inked a four-year, $10.2 million deal with the Flames. It was considered to be less than Glencross may have been able to fetch on the open market, especially as he was coming off of a 24-goal, 43-point campaign.
“I love my time in Calgary and the organization, but you learn that eventually it’s a business and you’re just a number,” Glencross told the Calgary Sun’s Eric Francis. “If I could do it again … as much as I love (Calgary) and call it home and met great people, at the same time, when it’s time for you to cash in, you have to take advantage and cash in. You can’t take a pay-cut or hometown discount because things change.” Read more
The Calgary Flames have locked up their captain and all-star defenseman to a long-term extension.
It was announced Tuesday afternoon that Mark Giordano has inked a six-year extension with the Flames that will keep him in Calgary until the 2021-22 season. According to multiple sources, including TSN’s Bob McKenzie, the six-year deal carries an average annual value of $6.75 million. How exactly the salary is broken down hasn’t yet been reported, however.
Initial details of Giordano’s extension talks said the veteran defenseman was looking for somewhere in the $9 million range on an extension, which would have made him one of the five highest-paid defensemen in the league. At $6.75 million — an outstanding price for the Calgary Flames — Giordano will come in as one of the 10-highest paid defensemen, edging out the likes of Ottawa’s Erik Karlsson and St. Louis’ Alex Pietrangelo.
Giordano, 31, has spent the past seven seasons with the Flames and has been the club’s captain since the 2013. His play over the past few seasons has been a blessing for Calgary, as he has turned the corner from consistent top-pairing defenseman to legitimate Norris Trophy candidate. With his ability, he would have been one of 2016’s top free agents were he to hit the open market. The six-year extension assures Giordano won’t be going anywhere, though. Read more
(The AHL has undergone a season of change and one-third of the league has changed locations or logos for the 2015-16 season. Leading up to the new season, The Hockey News will be ranking the logos of the league’s teams and offering a brief look at the history of each franchise. See the rest of the rankings in our AHL feed.)
Maybe the hubbub surrounding AHL hockey in Stockton can help fans forgive the Heat for what could be a trying 2015-16 season.
One of six new teams in the league for the 2015-16 season, the Heat are coming off of a single, disappointing season playing in Glens Falls, N.Y., as the Adirondack Flames. The Flames were led largely by their rookie talent, many of whom will be back in 2015-16.
Where they might be better is on the blueline, where they could have Calgary prospects Keegan Kanzig — all 6-foot-6, 243 pounds of him — and Oliver Kylington join them. Other prospects set to join the Heat in 2015-16 include Austin Carroll, Morgan Klimchuk, Louick Marcotte and Hunter Smith.
There weren’t many big name additions to the club, however. The NHL’s Flames nabbed center Derek Grant in free agency and the center, who scored 21 goals and 38 points for the Binghamton Senators in 2014-15, will help add some offensive firepower. There’s also 27-year-old defenseman Jakub Nakladal, who was pursued by several teams but decided to sign with Calgary and could provide the Heat with a top-four defenseman. But the only other real additions have been Mitchell Heard, who will play a third- or fourth-line role in Stockton, and netminder Kent Simpson, who will have to fight for time behind Jon Gillies and Joni Ortio. Read more
Calgary’s Saddledome is currently the fourth oldest building in the entire NHL, but the Flames don’t plan on being there much longer after unveiling plans for a new arena complex to be built in downtown Calgary.
Tuesday evening, the Flames ownership group presented what they’re calling CalgaryNEXT, a $900 million arena which would include a 20,000-seat hockey arena and 30,000-seat football stadium. The football stadium would double as a public fieldhouse.
Actually getting the arena in place won’t be an easy process, however. Read more
While there’s no award given for finishing as the best Canadian team in the NHL, it’s always a point of pride for the seven clubs north of the border.
In 2014-15, the Montreal Canadiens were practically carried by the incredible play of Carey Price, finishing atop the Atlantic Division and just three points back of capturing the Presidents’ Trophy. In addition to leading the charge in the Atlantic, though, the Canadiens also ended the campaign as the best Canadian club in the league — and, it just so happened, as the Canadian team with the best shot at capturing Canada’s first Stanley Cup since 1993.
Montreal has made some interesting additions to the lineup this off-season by acquiring struggling sniper Alexander Semin, grinder Zack Kassian and defenseman Mark Barberio. The trade deadline additions of Brian Flynn, Devante Smith-Pelly, Torrey Mitchell and Brian Flynn will also get a full season in Montreal this time around. But in 2015-16, does Montreal finish atop the heap of Canadian teams again or does another club unseat them as the country’s best club? Read more
This summer’s pool of unrestricted free agent talent was the shallowest in recent memory, but next summer’s crop promises to be considerably deeper. Here’s a look at several NHL stars who could be available by July 1, 2016.
Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning. It’s assumed the Lightning will re-sign Stamkos, but it’s been over a month since his agent, Don Meehan, told TSN talks had yet to commence. Re-signing Stamkos could cost the Bolts over $10-million annually on an eight-year deal. If they can’t or won’t pay top dollar, another club will gladly do so next summer.
Both sides give the appearance a deal can be reached. However, the longer the Lightning captain is unsigned, the more speculation will grow over his future in Tampa Bay. Read more
The way Red Deer finished the 2014-15 campaign – a five-game, first-round loss to Medicine Hat – you’d be forgiven for wondering how they would turn things around in time to be tough hosts of the Memorial Cup this year. But in a flash of activity, GM and coach Brent Sutter has begun to shake the foundations.