Monday, October 10, 2016

Johnny Gaudreau Signed Long Term


Johnny Gaudreau announced on twitter that he has resigned with the Calgary Flames. Shortly after Gaudreau's announcement the Flames announced it is a six year extension. 

As snow continues to fall in parts of Alberta, Flames fans quickly got fired up with the news that Gaudreau had signed. After headlines in local papers stating Johnny wanted $8.5 million per season, we all wondered what the price tag would be.

The six year extension (buying one year of Gaudreau's UFA years) will cost the Flames $40,500,000.00, for an average cap hit of $6.75M. Captain Giordano has the same cap hit. Many laughed when the rumor was the Flames did not want to exceed Gio's cap hit. Well they didn't.

Many fans are congratulating Brad Treliving and crew for getting a very financially favorable deal for the club. And so they should. However, this clearly shows Gaudreau wants to stay in Calgary and just wants to play hockey. I tip my cap to Gaudreau. In a year or two this could be one of the premier value deals in the league if Gaudreau continues to develop like we anticipate. 

Coming off a 78 point season...what will Johnny do next?

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

The Battle of the Seventh Defenseman

The best battle in camp right looks like it could be a war. Most people had penciled in Tyler Wotherspoon. Tyler is a steady, stay-home dman; the Flames need a little more offense from him.

The next one is Brett Kulak. I love his IQ. He is a smart defenseman who seems to know where to be. I like his ability to pinch in at the game against the Jets. I would put him ahead in the race for number seven.

The last on in this race is Niklas Grossman. Nicklas is still an experienced defense. He may be the steadiest of the three. But the speed will not do him any favors; it will catch up with him.

Now the other question: Who is going to be the thirteenth? Is Brandon Bollig going to hang on to that position? I have penciled him in.

The problem is that Freddie Hamilton and Garnet Hathaway have had a fantastic camp.  Both players have been very good, using their size in their physical play. Freddie and Garnet are both faster than Bollig. Bollig is more experienced and reliable, but the two kids have far more offensive skill.  Although Bollig did have decent years in Chicago.

There is, of course, the PTO forwards, Lauri Korpikoski and Chris Higgins.  Lauri is the better of the two so far, but neither are close to the other three players.  I have been disappointed with Higgins so far in this camp.

Finally, I would bring up Gaudreau. But there is nothing new. They are nearly $2 million apart. This is getting silly. It should have been done a long time ago. Who will blink first? I am hoping Gaudreau.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Notes from Training Camp Day 1

There is nothing finer than finally seeing some hockey up close. Even if it is just training camp. I was able to attend the last two sessions of today's training camp. Too lazy to get up early enough for the first one.

Here are a few notes from my observations from today's practice. First, let me caution everyone, it's only one practice. This is not be all and end all proposition.

But that being said, there were some players who stood out.

Jon Gillies 

Seeing him today put me at ease. He looked good moving side-to-side.   His glove hand was flashing out like no one's business. Jon is coming off of an injury-plagued season; he has a lot to prove this season.  

Hunter Smith 

For some reason, Hunter was in the group B today. He was listed in group A, but he trained with the second group today. Hunter looked good. He seemed to be a faster skater this season. He looked like he had a good offseason. Hunter looked at home with the big boys.

Matthew Phillips

I like his speed. He is a very quick forward. He is small, but he has some skill. He was making some sweet moves today. I'm not sure he hits the big time, but today he was good.

It was nice to see Chad Johnson and Brian Elliot today at the practices.  It is just nice to see two goalies playing as well as they did.  Brian is a  steady, positional goalie. Chad was equally good today; the goaltending was in good hands.

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