Drew Doughty signed a massive contract extension with the Los Angeles Kings for $88 million over the next eight years. Tyler Seguin is going to be signing his own extension before too long, but he would be risking a significant amount of money by following the structure of Doughty's contract. Jamie Benn's contract is a much better model for Seguin to follow. Benn's contract guarantees him a significantly higher percentage of the money he signed up for than Doughty's deal because Benn's deal is effectively buyout proof. Benn is getting most of his salary, especially towards the end, in signing bonuses which makes it pointless to ever consider buying him out. Understanding how buyouts work is critical
Kris Versteeg and the Calgary Flames have parted ways. The 32-year-old unrestricted free agent winger and locker-room favourite is off to Avangard Omsk of the Kontinental Hockey League, inking a deal for the 2018-19 season as reported by Sportsnet's Ryan Leslie on Friday. The witty winger from Lethbridge underwent hip surgery in early December after tweaking it during a 6-4 loss at Dallas on Nov. 24. It caused a hip labrum issue on the same hip that prevented the two-time Stanley Cup champion from playing in the Swiss league with SC Bern in 2016-17 (a decision that proved serendipitous as he wound up signing with the Flames after spending the 2016 training camp with the Edmonton Oilers).
Global News Morning Calgary's Sarah Offin talks about the record number of opioid overdose calls the Calgary Fire Department has had to deal with in July.
The Calgary Flames had high expectations for the 2017-18 season and to say those expectations weren't met would be an understatement. In keeping with the club's high expectations, general manager Brad Treliving has been one of the busiest executives in the entire National Hockey League this summer. It's said that coaching changes often happen because a GM can't turn over his entire roster, but Treliving has made significant changes with his players and coaching staff at the same time. Heading into the summer, the Flames' to-do list included shaking up the coaching staff, signing forward Matthew Tkachuk to a contract extension in advance of his final entry level season, adding a top six winger and looking at upgrading the club's backup goaltending situation.
The Calgary Flames are set to play two preseason games in China in September and a local 10-year-old boy took current Flame Brett Kulak and Flames' alumnus Jamie Macoun on a tour of Chinatown on Tuesday to help reduce any potential culture shock. Elijah Lok, Kulak and Macoun explored Chinatown's history, Chinese culture and cuisine during their time together. “I've been here a lot, eating a lot of food and it's really fun,” said Lok of his tour guide qualifications. Next month, the Flames will square off against the Boston Bruins in exhibition games held in Shenzhen (September 15) and Beijing (September 19) and as part of the NHL's ongoing initiative to increase the sport's exposure overseas.
Sunday was supposed to be the day Brady Tkachuk made a decision on his future. All that may be left for the fourth overall pick in the NHL draft in June is to make it official because he's expected to sign with the Ottawa Senators. A report by ESPN's John Buccigross Saturday morning indicated the 18-year-old Tkachuk will announce Sunday he's leaving Boston University after only one season to join the Senators and to see if he can sew up a spot during training camp next month at the Canadian Tire Centre. According to Buccigross, Tkachuk informed Boston coach Albie O'Connell of his intention to sign with the Senators. While many believed Tkachuk would return to BU next season to hone his skills
You knew I was the right man to write the next installment in this series. It's no secret my disdain for the Hurricanes drafting Elias Lindholm, adding to years of mediocrity by reaching on a player that should have been drafted a few picks lower. Now that the two-way forward has been traded away by the organization, it's important to try to imagine a world in which the Hurricanes drafter the forward taken sixth overall: center Sean Monahan. Need a first-line center? Need a forward that can score goals? Need a forward that creates opportunities? Look no further than Monahan. The root of the Hurricanes goal scoring woes lies in that devastating mistake. Let's get one thing straight: Elias Lindholm
The Colorado Avalanche are bringing back defenseman Patrik Nemeth on a one-year deal. Nemeth ranked first on the squad with 185 blocked shots last season. He played in a career-high 68 games and had a career-best 15 points, including three goals. The 26-year-old had a plus-27 rating, which was the highest by an Avalanche defenseman since Adam Foote was plus-30 in 2002-03. Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic said of Nemeth: "Patrik is a big, physical defenseman who is an important piece of our D-corps." Colorado claimed Nemeth on waivers from the Dallas Stars on Oct. 3. The 6-foot-3, 219-pound Nemeth has played in 176 career NHL Games with three goals and 26 assists. From Sweden, Nemeth was a