WCoH Postgame: The Kids Are Alright, Thump Finland 4-1 in Opener

Ryan Pike
September 19 2016 08:45AM

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When the World Cup of Hockey was announced immediately there were snickers and guffaws about Team North America, and doubts about their ability to hang with international hockey's big boys. When they had a few strong outings in the pre-tournament games against Europe, the doubters loudly expressed that their success was a mirage: caused by beating an inferior opponent in games that didn't matter.

When the "real" games begin, North America's in trouble, they said.

Whoops.

The Under-24 squad opened the round robin with an emphatic 4-1 victory over Finland, currently ranked 3rd in the hockey world by the International Ice Hockey Federation.

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What happened with the cap overage and the Shane O'Brien buyout?

Ryan Pike
September 19 2016 08:00AM

The smoke has cleared and we know a little bit more about the Calgary Flames' 2016-17 cap situation than we knew a week ago. In short, it's not great, and there are two contributing reasons as to why: entry-level performance bonuses and the reported news that Shane O'Brien's June 30, 2014 buyout was an ordinary-course buyout (and not a compliance buyout) and thus counts against the cap.

Let's take a look at the specifics in turn.

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Setting expectations for the 2016 Flames draft class

Ryan Pike
September 14 2016 12:00PM

Training camp is almost here, so we're taking a trip down memory lane and checking out previous Calgary Flames draft classes. Which picks are doing well? Which are doing poorly? And what are reasonable expectations for their performances this coming season?

We close out with the 2016 NHL Draft class! (NHLE calculations from the most recent Hockey Abstract revisions.)

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Setting expectations for the 2014 Flames draft class

Ryan Pike
September 12 2016 12:00PM

As we approach the onset of the 2016-17 Calgary Flames season, we're looking back at recent NHL Draft classes and making assessments, prognostications, and trying to set expectations for their coming seasons in a reasonable way. We've already gone through the remaining Flames prospects from the 2011, 2012 and 2013 NHL Drafts.

Now, onto the 2014 NHL Draft class! (NHLE calculations from the most recent Hockey Abstract revisions.)

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Waiting for Gaudreau: The biggest contracts in Calgary Flames history

Ryan Pike
September 08 2016 08:00AM

We're now into World Cup of Hockey season, meaning we may be waiting for a while for news relating to Johnny Gaudreau's contract extension. With this lull, it's probably a good time to take a look at some of the richest deals in club history – particularly given Sean Monahan's recent long-term, big-money extension.

Here's a brief snapshot of the most expensive deals in Flames history. Where do you think Gaudreau's deal, whenever it occurs, will fall within these lists?

Active contracts are bolded.

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