Sunday, June 29, 2014

Tick Tock, Tick Tock!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. All of the General Managers are tucked in their beds while visions of Vanek, Raymond, or Brad Richards dance in their heads. Or maybe Ehrhoff, as he became a free agent today.  

So my blog today is on the different options the Flames will have during the off-season. The Flames are looking for... let see… oh, that's right... everything. Seriously, they need pretty much everything.  So they first of all have to set their priorities. My  blog will concentrate on goalies, defence, and a center.

Back-up Goalie or 1B Goalie

I think the first need is a back-up goalie. The Flames have a couple of options. 

Free agent  options

Thomas Greiss

Thomas has a history with the GM. He is a solid net-minder who is not outstanding, but he is solid and dependable in his game. He a solid option who is good for 30-35 games. I really like this option. He is exactly what the team needs. The key point here is that the Flames can offer him something. Most of the other teams can't give him an opportunity to play.

Chad Johnson

Chad was outstanding for the Bruins last season.  He simply gives the team a chance to win every night. Another good, cheap option for the Flames. Chad is a goaltender who plays a solid game and rarely gets caught out of position. He is a late bloomer who is capable of being a solid back-up.

Justin Peters

Peters was outstanding  for  Carolina last season. He was battling for head job there on a team with three goalies. The Canes could not find a home for him. He would battle Ramo for a starting job. I am not sure he would be willing to come to Calgary as a back-up.


The next need for the Calgary Flames is a solid defencemen, which the Flames could really have used last season. Especially now that it looks like Butler will not be in a Flames uniform next season. Some of the best options I could see the Flames getting are:

Tom Gilbert 

Tom was a solid offensive dman who fit well for a while in Edmonton, but never really fit in with the Panthers. If he could just get back to where he was as a Oiler. Apparently, it is out there there that the Flames have interest in him. He may well be a asset to the Flames defence.

Matt Niskanen

Niskanen may well be the best dman on the free agency market. I love this guy’s game. He is a great option for the Flames, who need a good powerplay quarterback. I know you are thinking the Flames do not have salary cap problem. I sure do hope they at least talk. Matt could score 10 goals and 50 points and really help a dried-up powerplay. 

Anton Stralman

The main problem is how much Stralman would cost, but I like his game. He is an offensive dman, who would be a solid, top-four dman. He would stabilize our defence, and help our defensive zone coverage. I love his ability to stay calm and not panic. 

Kyle Quincey 

Kyle Quincey may very well be the most gifted defencemen out there. Kyle can pitch in with the odd assist and goal. Kyle should be affordable. The Flames can give him a bigger role, and more ice time. 


I really hope the Flames try to get a second-line center. I prefer a veteran who can help Monahan, and maybe take him under his wing and give him some hints on improving his game.

Paul Stastny

Simply put: the best option out there. Stastny is the best of the bunch. If the Avs cannot sign him, the Flames need to put this man under contract. Give him the money he wants and get it done. He is a solid center with the the skill to add the supportive scoring the Flames so badly need.

Jussi Jokinen

Jussi can play wing or center. Versatility is essential in his game.  He also may take less money to sign. I love his ability to help in the penalty-killing.  His speed his a vital asset to the Flames, who need to get faster.

Brad Richards

I know I am going to get slammed for this, but I really think Brad’s ability could help the Flames. I think he can score 20  goals and get 50 points for the Flames. He could really help Monahan and help him get the experience he needs. 


I could mention plenty more, but these are the first options. I know some of you are going to ask about Bolland. I just like Jokinen better. There are plenty of options out there. 

The Flames are going to be busy. Sit back and enjoy the ride!

Image: Flickr CC license: Aldaron "Parliament Clock" (modified)


  1. Interesting input. Will be tuning in anxiously. I don't want to go on the same road as the folks up north of us

  2. I would stay away from Stralman as I believe he overachieved. Treliving keeps mentioning he wants better defence so I am most intrigued to see how he plans to improve the blue line.
    How about Jonas Hiller could he be a target?

  3. Why do you want to spend it all before we finish rebuilding ?
    A lot of these Guys are too expensive, there are others including
    some UFA's and RFA's that need to be resigned !
    We have lots of Defence for now, what about Ortio as a backup Goalie this year? And we need a couple of RW's first !

  4. Good stuff Randy. I hope we can land Stastny and Greiss from your list. Even Gilbert would be ok to replace Butler. I also would like the Flames to contact Mark Fayne,

    1. Fayne would be a great choice . Good cheap replacement for Butler.

  5. This might be a crazy thought but could Hemsky be a target? He is a RW which we desperately need. Not sure he EVER wants to come back to Alberta but he could be a decent fit. Perhaps he plays too much like Hudler though. Kulemin and Setoguchi could provide help at the right side and have some upside.

    1. I love Kulermin has speed and skill . Forgot about Setoguchi a brain cramp on my part. Hemsky would be nice sure he wold come to Calgary.

    2. Trust me, we don't want Setaguchi on this team,played terrible in Winnipeg this season.

    3. You would know Jeff your there. Change of scenery perhaps help?

  6. If Cammy does not sign we will need to spend some major $$$$$$$ but who will come here. No way Statstny will sign here.

    1. That is the million dollar question. Chances are the trade routes may have to be explored.

    2. I am very disappointed in the lack of movement from Treliving during the draft. He was all talk and we were in a position of strength with all that cap space. A 3rd of Bollig? come on. I have very little hope that the Flames will make any significant deal

    3. What about Brad Marchand out of Boston? Bruins need cap space in the worst way. He could fit nicely here and plays a style that Hartley likes. But he does make a lot of bone headed plays too....

    4. I think Marchand is a perfect fit. We could maybe offer Glencross?

    5. Totally agree was hoping to see a sniper through a trade.


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