Hurricanes, Flames, Blackhawks in running for Czech defenseman Jakub Nakladal

Jakub Nakladal (Martin Rose/Getty Images)

Standout Czech defenseman Jakub Nakladal could be heading to North America next season and if he does, it appears he could be landing with the Hurricanes, Flames or Blackhawks.

According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, Nakladal is working on finalizing an NHL deal and Carolina, Calgary and Chicago are the three teams left in the running. While there haven’t been many reports on what exactly the 27-year-old blueliner is looking for in a destination, he certainly has his pick of destinations following a stellar campaign with TPS Turku of Finland’s SM-Liiga. Read more

Calgary or elsewhere, Karri Ramo’s future will be his to decide

Brian Costello
Karri Ramo (Derek Leung/Getty Images)

As he heads towards unrestricted free agency and the biggest contract of his career, Karri Ramo is saying all the right things. The question is will he get intercepted along the way by Calgary Flames GM Brad Treliving.

Ramo isn’t the top goalie slated to become a UFA July 1 — that distinction belongs to Minnesota’s Devan Dubnyk — but he will be in demand if he doesn’t come to contract terms with the Flames. And the Wild have made every indication they intend to re-sign Dubnyk, which will play in favor of Ramo if he’s still unsigned July 1. Read more

Memorial Cup preview: How each team wins or loses

Leon Draisaitl (Melissa Baecker/Getty Images)

We know our four teams for the Memorial Cup now. Thanks to Oshawa’s ousting of Connor McDavid and the Erie Otters, the Generals will represent the OHL, joining Kelowna of the WHL, plus Quebec (the hosts) and Rimouski in the QMJHL. So who is favored to win it all? Ah, that’s a thorny question in a tournament that often surprises. But let’s take a look at what you should know about the four worthy squads in contention.

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Jagr and Eichel proving age means nothing at the World Championship

Jaromir Jagr (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)

As we pause briefly from the Stanley Cup playoffs, let’s turn our eyes over to Europe for a second, where the World Championship is down to four teams. Canada plays the Czech Republic in one semifinal, while Russia and the United States renew hostilities on the other side of the bracket.

If Canada hopes to move on, they’ll have to stop an ageless icon. Meanwhile, the Russians will have their hands full with a powerful teenager.

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Rumor Roundup: Flames off-season about building around youth

Lyle Richardson
Karri Ramo (Derek Leung/Getty Images)

Though the Calgary Flames were recently eliminated from the 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs, they can move into the off-season feeling a sense of accomplishment. In the second season of their rebuild, the Flames confounded the experts by not only clinching a playoff berth but also upsetting the veteran-laden Vancouver Canucks in the opening round.

With a roster comprised of rising young talent (Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan, T.J. Brodie, Sam Bennett) and skilled veterans (Jiri Hudler, Mark Giordano, Dennis Wideman), Flames GM Brad Treliving has a solid base upon which to continue the rebuild. With over $25 million in salary-cap space, Treliving also has the cash to add some experienced outside talent. Read more

Calgary Flames’ Micheal Ferland played through a torn oblique

Jared Clinton
Michael Ferland (Gerry Thomas/Getty Images)

While Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan and Sam Bennett staked their claim as the cornerstones of the future Flames this post-season, it was big, physical winger Michael Ferland who may have had the biggest coming-out party of the playoffs for Calgary in the playoffs.

Ferland, with his in your face brand of play and thunderous body checks, became a household name and a top target for Canucks fans early in the first-round series after repeated run-ins with Vancouver’s Derek Dorsett and Kevin Bieksa early in the matchup. And if Canucks fans didn’t like Ferland, maybe they’ll at the very least respect him after learning that Ferland suffered a torn oblique muscle and played through it. Read more

Why there should be hope for the Calgary Flames next season

Jared Clinton
The Flames salute their fans after winning Game 3. (Derek Leung/Getty Images)

Now that the Cinderella season has ended for the Calgary Flames comes time for speculation about where they go from here. After a season when the team defied the advanced statistical odds to make the post-season – and win a round, yet – did Calgary set up a one-off or can the Flames repeat the feat?

Strictly statistically speaking, it seems unlikely. After all, we’ve seen similar acts before. The Toronto Maple Leafs in 2012-13 were one shot away from advancing to Round 2 but imploded the following season. The Colorado Avalanche won the difficult Central Division last year and were “upset” in the first round only to finish well out of the playoffs this campaign. But for every Colorado and Toronto there has been, there have been clubs to resist what the numbers say and continue to succeed. It wouldn’t be shocking if the Flames added to that list. Read more

Watch Corey Perry’s controversial series-winning overtime goal

Corey Perry celebrates his overtime winner while Karri Ramo appeals to the referee. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

The Anaheim Ducks are off to the Western Conference final, but there’s no doubt that one of the common talking points among Calgary Flames fans this off-season will be the way in which Corey Perry scored the series-clinching goal.

Early in the extra frame on a net-front scramble, with the puck loose in front of Flames’ netminder Karri Ramo, Perry fell to his knees before giving Ramo a slight shove while fighting to get his stick on the loose puck. On his second swing at the puck, after first making contact with Ramo, Perry knocked it into the net and gave the Ducks the series victory, while Ramo and the Flames immediately sought justice for what they perceived to be goaltender interference. Watch the goal: Read more