With school now back in session, and before training camps officially open next week, over the course of the next few days we’ll be bringing you up-to-date on how each of the seven Canadian NHL teams have spent their summers.
Current cap space: $2.58 million
GM: Brad Treliving
Head Coach: Bill Peters
Assistants: Ryan Huska, Geoff Ward
Unsigned players: None
– James Neal, five years, $28.75 million
– Derek Ryan, three years, $9.375 million
– Austin Czarnik, two years, $2.5 million
– Jeff Glass (PTO)
Free Agent departures:
– Matt Stajan
– Kris Versteeg
– Nick Shore
– Matt Bartkowski
– Tanner Glass
Biggest Summer Splash
In a summer of immense change, the Dougie Hamilton/Micheal Ferland/Adam Fox trade for Noah Hanifin/Elias Lindholm was the biggest of all the Flames’ moves.
Truth is, it was the NHL’s biggest swap of the summer.
Hamilton was the league’s top goal scorer amongst defencemen, who resided alongside Mark Giordano on the top pairing and the power play.
It puts big expectations on Hanifin, who inked a six-year, $29.7 million deal last week.
Other notable additions and subtractions
Lots of change this summer for an organization that worried about the fortitude of some of its players.
The Flames parted ways with hockey operations president Brian Burke, fired its entire coaching staff and brought in Bill Peters in an effort to add more accountability to a team that failed to live up to expectations last year.
The signing of James Neal was a pricey coup of sorts for a team that needed to add scoring depth more than anything else.
Austin Czarnik and Derek Ryan were also inked as UFAs to add to the team’s depth up front.
Troy Brouwer was bought out and long-time Flame Matt Stajan wasn’t offered a deal, so he went to Germany.
Other Summer Headlines