How does Tkachuk's rookie season compare to Monahan, Gaudreau, and Bennett's?

Ari Yanover
February 12 2017 08:00AM

For the past four seasons, including this one, the Calgary Flames have had the chance to feature a prominent rookie in their lineup. Taken at sixth overall in 2013, Sean Monahan was the first draft pick of the rebuild, and he made the NHL right away. Johnny Gaudreau, having taken every challenge the NCAA could have possibly thrown at him, played his rookie year the season after. Sam Bennett followed up with his the next season.

This season, Matthew Tkachuk has been that rookie. Just like with the previous three, there were questions as to whether he'd be able to make the team full-time at all. Now, over 50 games through the season, we're seeing him be one of the Flames' most impactful players.

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It may not be Russell or Davidson. It could very well be both.

Jonathan Willis
February 10 2017 11:41AM

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Given the choice between keeping Kris Russell and Brandon Davidson, the poll currently on our site suggests that readers of Oilers Nation would prefer the cheaper, younger Davidson.

That, though, may be a false choice. There is a strong argument that Edmonton should move out two defencemen, in which case both Russell and Davidson might find themselves on the chopping block.

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Looking at the upcoming Sam Bennett extension

christian tiberi
February 10 2017 11:00AM

The big drama of the previous offseason was how the Calgary Flames would re-sign Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau. The entire saga was dragged out over the summer, and involved a lot of nervousness, ridiculous trade rumours, a Kanye West tweet, and a surprisingly cheap deal right at the eve of the season.

This year is Sam Bennett's year, and it should go smoother. With a projected $22.5M available this upcoming offseason, there's plenty of space to get a deal done. He also doesn't have two 60-point seasons under his belt, so he should come in significantly cheaper. At best, he could come 75% off.

The Flames have a few options when it comes to Bennett, but they also have a few things that should concern them. Let's take a look.

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Watch the Game Episode 26: Feelings on the Flyers with Bob Roberts

Watch The Game Podcast
February 10 2017 09:18AM

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Sam is joined by Flyers' twitter personality Bob Roberts. They discuss the best players in the league to watch, what kind of team the Flyers are right now, how well Philadelphia's rebuild is going and much, much more.

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NHLNotebook: Arizona on the move, Dr. Omalu calls the NHL's bluff, Phaneuf and the Expansion Draft

Zach Laing
February 10 2017 07:00AM

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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. 

In today's notebook, we look at Arizona possibly being on the move (again), Gary Bettman getting called out by Dr. Bennet Omalu who is the doctor that discovered CTE, and Bryan Bickell getting set to return to the NHL. Also, Dion Phaneuf may be asked to waive his no move clause to help Ottawa prospect younger defencemen come expansion draft time, and Dallas mulls over whether or not to sell at the deadline. 

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