February 02 2017 12:00PM
Here's what we're reasonably sure of right now: the salary cap probably isn't budging next season. That means the Calgary Flames will have $73 million to spend on their roster for the 2017-18 season.
But, as always, there are some holes and some complications moving forward.
February 02 2017 11:18AM
The NHLN Notebook is a semi-regular feature of interesting hockey content from the past few days that doesn't quite deserve its own article.
Poor goaltending costs Ken Hitchcock his job, good goaltending gets Thomas Greiss an extension and could singlehandedly save the Islanders' season, and the Avs are a complete disaster.
February 02 2017 10:00AM
So the Flames' goaltending has not been totally ideal this season. It currently sits at a .900 save percentage, tied for 24th in the NHL. (Not last!)
It wasn't ideal last season, either, and that was with a completely different cast. Then, however, it was .892, very much the worst in the league - and the only team below .900.
When's the last time the Flames had what could be considered ideal goaltending? Uh... 2014-15, probably, when every percentage went the Flames' way, and their .911 collective save percentage was tied for 15th in the league.
Except in 2014-15 and 2015-16, the Flames had the same goalies for the most part, give or take a stray Joni Ortio. Jonas Hiller and Karri Ramo held down the fort one year - not masterfully, but well enough to give the rest of their team a chance night in and night out - and then had the fort cave in the very next season.
But both their contracts were up, and with a new cast, it should have been saved. And for some reason, it hasn't been.
February 02 2017 07:00AM
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February 01 2017 03:26PM
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Nearly every time Elliotte Friedman drops one of his "30 Thoughts" columns, the hockey world stops and scrambles to react to whatever neat nuggets of information he spent days hiding under his sleeve. Today's was a particularly interesting one: the Salary Cap might stay stagnant this upcoming season, making no movement from the $73,000,000 teams are operating under this year.