How should the Flames use Alex Chiasson?

christian tiberi
July 28 2016 02:00PM

The Fall wrote:

Christian, I would love to see some numbers with Chiasson on the top line: with more emphasis on this time in Dallas.

Well guess what.

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How good is TJ Brodie?

Kent Wilson
July 28 2016 11:00AM

It's arguable which Flames youngster is considered the first pillar of the post-Iginla rebuild. Most probably consider it to be Sean Monahan or Johnny Gaudreau. Maybe some are waiting for Sam Bennett or Matthew  Tkachuk to become the icon of a new era. 

I contend it's T.J. Brodie. The 26-year-old defender's rise from obscurity was one of the first indications that the team might have a future beyond Iginla and the old guard. In fact, it was the Jay Bouwmeester trade in 2012 that gave us a hint of how good Brodie was going to be.

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The Other Guys: Free Agent Scrap Heap

jeanshorts
July 27 2016 03:00PM

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Free agent frenzy has come and gone, and for the first time in history the Edmonton Oilers got the most coveted guy on the market! However there are still plenty of NHL players languishing in free agent purgatory right now. The Oilers would be smart to shore up their depth with the addition of some NHL veteran presence, and today we're going to take a look at a few guys still looking for a good home, that could potentially be a fit for the Oilers. 

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Potential new names, similar expectations for Leafs goaltenders

Ryan Fancey
July 27 2016 11:52AM

It's no secret the Leafs have established a nice stable of prospects over the last couple years, and those key pieces like Matthews, Nylander, and Marner are at the front of all the hype around this rebuild, as they should be. But Toronto is also wading through the process of turning over the old names from the Burke & Nonis Show, and as such have now started to put together a new supporting cast to go along with these blue chippers.

There are still a few more names yet to be booted from roster, but in just the last four months Lou and company have turned over their NHL goaltender scene completely. Out are Reimer and Bernier, with Freddie Andersen now taking the reigns as the team's number one, along with strong speculation of Jhonas Enroth coming aboard. If this is the way things shake out - with Andersen and Enroth being the actual tandem - are the Leafs truly going to be better off in the crease? Or is this simply about getting some fresh names in there, an example of a front office bringing in "their guys" for the sake of it?

When we take a glance at the numbers, it appears the latter is true. Well, sort of.

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How do the top teams in the NHL structure their cap?

Ari Yanover
July 27 2016 11:00AM

The Calgary Flames' cap structure has not yet been defined. Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau are set to be two of the team's highest-paid forwards for a while yet, and will likely dictate just what the team looks like going forward - and just what, exactly, the team will be able to spend.

We've already seen it set in motion with some of the bloodletting this off-season.

But in order to establish long-term success, a team needs to have responsible cap management. Dish out too much to too many, or to the wrong players, and a team can risk it all crumbling down. We may be seeing the Chicago Blackhawks in the midst of this, as they've lost players like Brandon Saad and Teuvo Teravainen due to cap concerns.

We don't know where the Flames will be - but let's take a look at how the most successful teams as of late structure their salaries.

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