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Flames' Andrew MacDonald: Inks PTO with Calgary
MacDonald will attend the Flames' training camp on a professional tryout agreement.
MacDonald appeared in 47 games with the Flyers last season, tallying nine assists while posting a minus-5 rating. Philadelphia put the 32-year-old on unconditional waivers for the purpose of terminating his contract in June, but Calgary evidently believes he may still have something left in the tank. However, he should still be considered a longshot to land a spot on the Flames' Opening Night roster, and even if he's able to do so, MacDonald will have little to no fantasy value in 2019-20.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Juuso Valimaki: Suffers ACL injury
Valimaki sustained an ACL injury during offseason training that will require surgery and keep him out indefinitely.
In his rookie campaign, Valimaki saw action in 19 games last year, in which he notched one goal, two assists and 28 shots while averaging 15:29 of ice time. Heading into the 2019-20 campaign, the defenseman figured to have the inside track on a regular spot in the lineup, but will now face the prospect of missing most, if not all, of the upcoming season. Oliver Kylington and Alexander Yelesin will likely compete for the opening on the blue line during training camp, though a trade acquisition or free-agent signing could be in the club's future. While the team didn't provide a specific timeline, fantasy owners should expect a six-month absence at minimum.... See More ... See Less
Flames' David Rittich: Avoids arbitration
Rittich (knee) and the Flames agreed on a two-year, $5.5 million contract Saturday, Jim Cerny of Sporting News reports.
Rittich filed for salary arbitration in early July, but he and Calgary were ultimately able to avoid the disagreement by coming to terms. The 26-year-old appeared in 45 games for the Flames last season, going 27-9-5 with a 2.61 GAA and .911 save percentage, and he's recovering from a knee injury.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Sam Bennett: Avoids arbitration
Bennett and the Flames agreed on a two-year deal worth $2.55 million AAV on Wednesday.
Bennett filed for salary arbitration in early July, but he and the team were able to avoid the disagreement from reaching that point by Wednesday's signed deal. The 2014 fourth-overall pick was solid last season, racking up 27 points and logging major minutes for the Flames in 71 games. Now that the deal is official, expect Bennett to occupy a first-line wing spot in 2019-20, and be given major minutes on the power play.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Milan Lucic: Acquired via trade
The Oilers traded Lucic (lower body) and a conditional third-round pick in 2020 to the Flames in exchange for James Neal on Friday, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.
Lucic's time in Edmonton was less than stellar, as the 31-year-old only managed to pot 39 goals in his three years with the Oilers after racking up 139 goals in eight seasons with Boston. At $6 million AAV, the team was clearly expecting more out of the winger and will be happy to move on from the next four years of his contract. A change of scenery might benefit Lucic, though he may not be able to break into the top six with his new club.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Rinat Valiev: Re-signs with club
Valiev put pen to paper on a one-year, two-way deal with Calgary on Tuesday.
Valiev hasn't seen action in the NHL since 2017-18, spending all of the previous campaign in the minors with the Heat. In 57 contests, the 24-year-old notched four goals and 17 helpers. The blueliner will be hard-pressed to secure a spot on the 23-man roster for Opening Night versus Colorado on Oct. 3.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Ryan Lomberg: Re-signs with Calgary
Lomberg signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Flames on Tuesday.
Lomberg filed for salary arbitration earlier this month, but he and the Flames were able to come to terms on a deal both sides deemed fair prior to his hearing. The 24-year-old forward spent the majority of the 2018-19 campaign in the minors, notching 12 goals and 29 points in 58 games. The University of Maine product will likely once again stick with AHL Stockton for most of the 2019-20 season, so there's no reason for fantasy owners to keep tabs on him.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Jeremy McKenna: Joins Flames on two-way deal
McKenna agreed to a two-way contract with Calgary on Wednesday, Eric Francis of Sportsnet reports.
McKenna put together a strong showing in a prospects camp after going undrafted, and he's earned himself a shot with Calgary. He figures to spend the majority of the 2019-2020 campaign at AHL Stockton.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Rinat Valiev: Seeking arbitration
Valiev filed for salary arbitration Friday.
Valiev spent the entire 2018-19 season with AHL Stockton, logging four goals, 17 assists and 51 PIM over 57 games. The 24-year-old could still have a shot at seeing a depth role on Calgary's blue line if both sides are able to negotiate a new deal at or before the arbitration hearings.... See More ... See Less
Flames' David Rittich: Files for arbitration
Rittich (knee) filed for salary arbitration Friday.
Rittich appeared in 45 games for Calgary last season, managing a 27-9-5 record while boasting a 2.61 GAA and .911 save percentage. The 26-year-old dealt with knee issues when the calendar turned to 2019, but his production from last season would likely speak for itself in negotiations, which will likely be over before the arbitration hearings.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Ryan Lomberg: Files for arbitration
Lomberg filed for salary arbitration Friday.
Lomberg was originally offered $650,000 for the upcoming season. The 24-year-old spent most of last season in the minors with AHL Stockton, where he recorded 12 goals and 17 assists over 58 games.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Sam Bennett: Seeking arbitration
Bennett filed for salary arbitration Friday.
Bennett recorded 27 points (13 goals, 14 assists) over 71 games last season. The 23-year-old has played in at least 70 games in each of the last four seasons -- including 81- and 82-game seasons in 2016-17 and 2017-18, respectively -- and has seen significant time on the power play unit. It's highly likely that both parties will agree on a new salary before the arbitration hearings.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Justin Kirkland: Secures two-way deal
Kirkland inked a one-year, two-way contract with Calgary on Tuesday.
Kirkland put up decent numbers with AHL Milwaukee last season, nine goals and 21 assists in 75 games, but it wasn't enough for the Predators to give him a qualifying offer. The winger figures to spend another year developing in the minors, but could earn a call-up or two during the season.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Byron Froese: Pens one-year deal
Froese inked a one-year, two-way contract with the Flames on Monday.
Froese was unable to break into an NHL lineup last year, instead spending the entire 2018-19 campaign with AHL Laval and Lehigh Valley. The center put up decent numbers in the minors, as he notched 21 goals and 23 assists in 70 appearances. The 28-year-old could earn his way into a roster spot during training camp, but it certainly isn't a lock and figures to play at least some games with the Heat this season.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Cam Talbot: Signs one-year pact with Calgary
Talbot signed a one-year, $2.75 million contract with the Flames on Monday, AP Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno reports.
Talbot is familiar with playing in Western Canada, having plied his trade in Edmonton for most of the past four seasons before a four-game stint in Philadelphia following a trade. He had 42 wins and a 2.39 GAA for the Oilers in 2016-17, but Talbot hasn't been able to rediscover that form since. He'll battle David Rittich for the starting job in Calgary.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Mike Smith: Expected to join Edmonton
Smith is expected to sign with the Oilers when free agency begins, Frank Seravalli of TSN.ca reports.
Smith struggled for most of the 2018-19 season with Calgary, posting an .898 save percentage and 2.73 GAA. The 37-year-old would likely be in a backup role behind Mikko Koskinen if he joins Edmonton, though he could split time as he did with David Rittich last season.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Rinat Valiev: Gets QO from Calgary
Valiev earned a qualifying offer from the Flames on Tuesday.
Valiev failed to earn a call-up during the season, instead spending the entire campaign with the Heat where he racked up four goals, 17 helpers and 51 PIM in 57 outings. His offer sheet received is evidence that the club still values what he can bring to both the NHL and AHL level.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Matthew Tkachuk: Given QO from Flames
Tkachuk was awarded a qualifying offer from the Flames on Tuesday.
The qualifying offer was likely a formality for the Flames, as the two sides try to work out a long-term deal for the sixth-overall pick in 2016. The 21-year-old had a breakout year with 77 points in 80 appearances in the regular season in the final year of his entry-level deal. It is possible the American winger's cap hit could exceed the $6.75 million that left wing Johnny Gaudreau currently earns. His contract extension will likely be at the top of the list for offseason priorities for the Flames.... See More ... See Less
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