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Todd Cordell's Archive

Setting the table for the Calgary Flames in free agency

July 1, 2019 - 1:30 PM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell The Calgary Flames entered this off-season with two key items on their wish list: a 1B goaltender, and a top-9 winger. They have taken care of the former as Cam Talbot has signed a one-year, $2.75 million contract. Despite Talbot posting the worst numbers o...

The Calgary Flames were in on Nazem Kadri

July 2, 2019 - 1:53 PM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell The Calgary Flames may not have much money to spend but that hasn't stopped them from being active. At least not from trying, anyway. They made some noise on the opening day of free agency by signing goaltender Cam Talbot to a one-year, $2.75 million deal....

The Calgary Flames should go after Nikita Gusev

July 3, 2019 - 12:26 PM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell ​The Calgary Flames finished 2nd – only to the historically dominant Tampa Bay Lightning – in goals this past season. While it's hard to argue they *need* more offensive firepower, that hasn't stopped GM Brad Treliving from chasing it. Trades for Jas...

David Rittich, Sam Bennett file for salary arbitration

July 6, 2019 - 10:31 AM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell Two members of the Calgary Flames' active roster filed for arbitration in advance of Friday afternoon's deadline. With all due respect to Sam Bennett, I think it's fair to say David Rittich is the headliner. Rittich is coming off a very strong season where...

On the Nazem Kadri trade that never was

July 8, 2019 - 12:03 PM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell ​We know Nazem Kadri nixed a trade that would have sent him to the Calgary Flames with T.J. Brodie being the main piece going the other way. What we didn't know was who else, if anyone, was to be included in the deal. Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun offe...

Arbitration dates set for four members of the Calgary Flames

July 9, 2019 - 3:13 PM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell Hearings have been scheduled for the 38 players who filed for salary arbitration in advance of the July 5th deadline. Among them are four members of the Calgary Flames organization: Sam Bennett (July 27th), David Rittich (July 29th), Ryan Lomberg (August 1st),...

Calgary Flames lose out in Micheal Ferland sweepstakes

July 11, 2019 - 11:53 AM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell ​ The Calgary Flames weren't active in free agency. They simply didn't have the money to be. That didn't stop them from sniffing around select targets, but it did play a part in preventing the team from actually landing said targets. I know they were inter...

Finding a home for T.J. Brodie

July 13, 2019 - 11:43 AM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell T.J. Brodie's tenure with the Calgary Flames is almost certainly coming to an end. It's just a matter of when. While his contract still has one year remaining, it's possible – perhaps even likely – he doesn't last that long. The rumored deal to the Toronto...

On James Neal regression and David Rittich's next contract

July 15, 2019 - 11:56 AM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell 1) There's been a lot of talk about James Neal working feverishly on his conditioning this summer in effort to be more productive in 2019-20 and beyond. While nice to see – spending time with fitness freak Gary Roberts certainly can't hurt – I don't think tha...

Five Calgary Flames players who could be cap casualties

July 16, 2019 - 10:52 AM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell ​The Calgary Flames need to clear some money off the books. There's no way around it.​ ​They currently have less than $9.5 million in cap space with Matthew Tkachuk, David Rittich, Sam Bennett and Andrew Mangiapane still without contracts. Even conservat...

On Sam Bennett and his next contract

July 18, 2019 - 1:06 PM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell After a strong rookie campaign, Sam Bennett has mustered up either 26 or 27 points in three consecutive seasons. His offensive game, which there isn't much to, appears to have stagnated. You wouldn't think he'd cost much to extend as a restricted free agent; a...

Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers to swap bad contracts

July 19, 2019 - 4:41 PM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell ​For weeks, if not months, there's been talk about the Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers, and/or Vancouver Canucks coming together to swap big free agent contracts they've come to regret signing. Where there's smoke there's fire, as the Flames and the Oilers h...

On the Milan Lucic trade

July 20, 2019 - 11:35 AM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell ​Friday afternoon the Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers pulled off a trade that would have shocked the hockey world just a few seasons ago. The Flames ​shipped James Neal, a 20+ goal scorer seven years running prior to last, in exchange for Milan Lucic, a...

On Milan Lucic and his role with the Calgary Flames

July 22, 2019 - 12:15 PM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell ​For months we wondered if James Neal would be traded, and which albatross contract would be coming back if and when the Calgary Flames elected to pull the trigger. Well, we have our answer. The Flames recently sent James Neal and his $5.75 million ticket...

On the proposed arena deal for the Calgary Flames

July 23, 2019 - 11:23 AM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell The Calgary Flames are getting a new building. After a seemingly never-ending negotiation with many twists and turns, CSEC and the city of Calgary have tenatively agreed to terms on an arena deal. Once built, it will be used to host the Flames, Roughnecks, Hit...