Calgary Flames Links: NHL Draft, NHL Free Agency, Advanced Stats


The Calgary Flames season ended nearly a month ago, but that doesn’t mean that June will not be a busy month for the franchise. June means NHL Draft is coming up in a few short weeks and that NHL Free Agency is also right around the corner.

With that said, let’s take a look around the blogosphere at what is making news regarding the Calgary Flames today.

Andrew McCormack at The Hockey Writers notes several free agents that the Flames should target to improve the team and avoid the dreaded regression that advanced stats proponents are predicting for the Flames next season. Adding an advanced stats darling like Justin Williams or Mike Ribeiro up front and a puck moving defenseman like Andrej Sekera could greatly improve the Flames fortunes.

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Todd Cordell points to an Elliotte Freidman tweet that suggests the Calgary Flames could be making a change in goal, and ponders who they could target to upgrade on current starter Jonas Hiller. Would Craig Anderson or Robin Lehner of the Ottawa Senators be an upgrade on Hiller? What about free agent Antti Niemi of the San Jose Sharks who won a Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks? Or a younger goaltender with less of a track record but more potential like Cam Talbot of the New York Rangers or Eddie Lack who started for the Vancouver Canucks in the first round series loss to Calgary.

June also means report cards, and the fella’s at Matchsticks and Gasoline give their opinions on Michael Ferland who had a surprising impact in the opening round victory over the Vancouver Canucks. The crew from SB Nation’s Flames site also take a look at the upcoming draft and have an in depth look at Timo Meier who could be available when the Flames march to the podium with the 15th selection. has an article on how the depth of the 2015 NHL Draft will benefit the Calgary Flames since they have so many picks. Calgary currently hold the 15th overall pick in the first round, three second round picks and a pair of third rounders. Having six of the first 90 picks in a deep draft bodes well for the future of the Calgary Flames.

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