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Colorado played a really good series, minus game one, and deserve to move on. They've carried their momentum over from the regular season very well. They were a team playing with desperation to make the post-season, and they were a team playing with desperation to move forward. Great last four games from them.

I've still got Leafs games to watch here moving forward, which is great, but it's definitely frustrating. The Flames have no one to blame but themselves, because we all know how playoff hockey is played and they weren't prepared. I'm still aggravated as all hell with the inconsistent calls though. Gaudreau took a pretty heavy slash early in the game, away from the play while he was heading off for a line change. It hurt just to watch it. No call. Third period, Flames are out of it for sure, but Hathaway gets called for a slash to put us down two men, they show the replay, and it's a love tap compared to what's been allowed all night.

Officials need to be held more accountable for consistency. It's an issue that needs to be addressed by the league.

Again though, nobody to blame but themselves. They didn't handle the pressure well, got frustrated when blatant calls were neglected and they just imploded. They're a young team though, and these guys are going to learn a lot from this experience. I mostly just feel bad for Mike Smith, who played the best hockey he's played in years. Now he's headed into free agency, and it wouldn't be smart to re-sign Smith without some type of out clause or crazy good pricetag... and at his age, with the issues he's battled the last two years, I can't see him signing anywhere that will play him even just 41 games, that won't be a total disaster of a team. He deserves better, but the business of hockey dictates that he's close to done, and he probably won't ever get another chance to get the Cup.

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So it remains in play that 7 of the 8 lower seeds will advance. The Benn-Seguin-Radulov line has been destroying Nashville today (first I've caught of this series).

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Now that the Flames' season is over, let's take a look at who is staying and who is going for next season.

As of right now, the team is projected to have about $10.1 million in cap space under the current Salary Cap. With it going up to about $83 million next season, that could open up an extra $4 million. Let's meet in the middle and say they have $12.1 million to play with.

UFA Forwards: Garnet Hathaway

-Hathaway is definitely due for an increase in pay. Our fourth line this season was the most consistent. He tallied 11 goals, 19 points and a +14 rating. Players like that are in demand through free agency, but unless someone overpays considerably, I would imagine he is returning to the Flames for the 19/20 season. I would estimate a deal at around $1.7 million per season, so that leaves us with $10.4

UFA Defensemen: Dalton Prout, Oscar Fantenberg

-With 7 NHL defensemen and Oliver Kylington potentially ready to make the jump full time, I don't see Dalton Prout returning to the team. An under the radar acquisition at the trade deadline, Fantenberg acclimated himself quite nicely to the Flames system, pairing up with Rasmus Andersson mostly to provide a very steady third pairing. Even though re-signing Fantenberg would make him the 8th NHL ready defenseman on the roster, his big body, quick thinking and vision should be enough to push someone out. We'll get to that in a bit. I would re-sign Fantenberg. He made $650,000 this year. Despite his rock solid play, Fantenberg's not done anything to warrant any crazy dollars, so let's bump him up a bit past what Prout was making and say it's a one year deal at $900,000. Now we're down to $9.5 million.

UFA Goalies: Mike Smith

-Smith made $4.25 million this season. For the entire body of work, it's a steep price, but he played his best when it mattered most, and his early struggles gave David Rittich a chance to establish himself as a future number one. Smitty has made no secret of his displeasure with how Bill Peters handled him this season. I believe that is the reason he doesn't return. Smith wants to play the bulk of the games, and it's just not going to happen in Calgary. If he were willing to take a mentors role and play between 25 and 41 games as needed, letting Rittich take the reigns, I'd be interested in bringing him back at a cap hit of around $2.5, but he's not going to go for that. Smith doesn't return. We still have $9.5 million.

RFA Forwards: Sam Bennett, Matthew Tkachuk, Andrew Mangiapane, Alan Quine

-Benny and Tkachuk are two of the hardest working guys on the roster. Bennett was a beast against Colorado, throwing his body at anything that moved, and Chucky is a future captain who does it all. Both of those guys get re-signed, no doubt. Mangiapane was a standout for the team against the Avalanche, and Quine fit in very nicely when he did get a chance to play. I keep both of those guys also.

Tkachuk is set to become the highest paid Flames player this season, but Treliving has been very good about making that happen for guys without causing too big of a pay gap. Gaudreau and Giordano make $6.75 million to set the bar right now. Tkachuk will come in higher than that, but I'm not sure he's going to get $10 million. So let's say $8.8 for Chucky on a bridge deal. We now have $700,000 in space.

Bennett made $1.95 this year. While he hasn't worked out to be the offensive force that he looked like he could be when drafted, Bennett has become a very integral part of the Calgary roster, and is probably our most aggressive player when it comes to taking the body. I'm projecting him at about $3.5 million a year. We now are over the cap by $2.8 million.

Mangiapane and Quine will probably come in at a combined $1.5 million. We are now over the cap by $4.3 million.

RFA Goalies: David Rittich

-The Chronicles of Rittich look like they will be continuing in Cow Town. He made $800,000 this year, almost completely stole the starting job from Mike Smith, but faltered down the stretch as the team began to have some issues. Ideally, I'd be looking at a one year "Prove Yourself" deal worth $2 million, but there will be interest in his services if he's dicked around by the Flames. Rittich will want term, and with the way he is in the locker room with his teammates, and what he showed he is capable of this season, I'm willing to gamble on him. Rittich pulls $4 million a year on a deal between three and six years. We are now over the cap by $8.3 million.

Getting Under the Cap

-The team still needs another goalie. So not only do we need to get under the cap, but we need to get under enough to sign another netminder.

After the season he had, it would be amazing if we could get out from under James Neal's $5.75 million contract, but the only interest in him after this year is going to be from teams looking to buy low. They'll want us to eat salary or take back an equally bad contract, and that's not something we're interested in. Maybe Neal bounces back, or maybe injuries after the start of the season force someone to make a more intriguing offer, but for the time being, he's a Calgary Flame.

Michael Frolik's $4.3 million can be shipped off. He's still a very capable player, but consistency and attitude were an issue this season, and if someone wants him, it just opens up room on the depth chart for Derek Ryan or Garnet Hathaway to get an extended opportunity at the third line, and for guys like Dillon Dube or Austin Czarnik to find a full time roster spot. Moving Frolik gets us to just $4 million over the cap.

TJ Brodie returned to form this season, making this summer a perfect time to move the defenseman. I love Brodie for what he brings to the game, but he's guilty of making dangerous plays too often when the safer play is right there. He's also struggled when not paired with Giordano, which makes him expendable. Especially since Rasmus Andersson's time on the top pairing with Gio worked out so well. Brodie makes $4.65 million. We are now $600,000 under the cap.

Michael Stone's $3.5 million contract is a fairly good price-point for what he brings to the game, but his absence from the lineup this season and the arrivals of Juuso Valimaki and Oscar Fantenberg, the quick rise of Andersson from 3rd pair to Giordano's partner, and the need to clear some room has made him expendable. With free agency typically encouraging over-spending, there should be lots of interest in Stone from teams looking to upgrade without spending a lot of money. We are now $4.1 million under the cap.

Moving these guys out will likely mean bringing other players back, but Treliving will be doing his best to off-set costs by packaging some of the desirable returning players with those we are okay with moving. So unfortunately, some of our choices to stay will probably end up being dealt to facilitate the shaping of next season's roster. For the purposes of this though, I'm not going to worry about that.

What We Need:

-A goalie. With $4.1 million to spend and only one position of need, let's look at the market and see who's available. To get someone under the $4.1 million we have available, it's not looking like a legitimate number one guy is on the radar. That's okay though. David Rittich is our number one goalie going forward. We're just looking for someone who can play between 25 and 41 games if needed.

If Anaheim moves on from Ryan Miller, I'm making a call to his agent. He only made $2 million this season, posting a save percentage of .912 with the lowly Ducks. He's older than Mike Smith, but he's a good mentor and played better hockey more consistently this season. Smitty had an .898 save percentage, for comparison, with a better team. Rittich's posted save percentage was .911

Miller is a good fit if Calgary is a destination he likes.

Rittich's fellow countryman Petr Mrazek is having a good season for the Hurricanes, making $1.5 million. If he becomes available, and we're not as worried about having a more experienced guy, a 1A/1B of Rittich/Mrazek could see both guys push each other to try and take the number one job.

Either of those plans works for me. Whether it's bringing in a mentor to work behind Rittich, or bringing in a challenger to create an ongoing battle for the net. However, Rittich just went through a year where Smith was given the nod despite Rittich's better play at times, and a post-season in which he sat on the bench and watched his team fall apart. He's going to need that vote of confidence that this is his team moving forward. It also helps make the decision easier that Petr Mrazek is going to be looking for bigger dollars and longer term than Miller.

If Ryan Miller is open to it, Calgary signs him to a one year deal at $4 million, matching Rittich's dollars in case he ends up playing the bulk of the games for some reason, but sticking to a one year term so that Rittich knows that the number one job is his to lose.

What the Team Looks Like Now:

-Forward lines of: Johnny Gaudreau / Sean Monahan \ Elias Lindholm, Matthew Tkachuk / Mikael Backlund \ Sam Bennett, James Neal / Mark Jankowski \ Andrew Mangiapane, Austin Czarnik / Derek Ryan \ Garnet Hathaway

-Defense pairings of: Mark Giordano & Rasmus Andersson, Travis Hamonic & Noah Hanifin, Juuso Valimaki & Oscar Fantenberg

-Goaltending duo of: David Rittich & Ryan Miller

Why Aren't We Spending in Free Agency?

-There isn't a need beyond acquiring a goalie. This is a team that led the Western Conference in points in the regular season, and we haven't subtracted anything from it that would suggest that they can't churn out a comparable year next season.

The post-season ended on a very down note, but it's easy to over-react. This Flames team was filled with players who hadn't experienced the NHL post-season yet, and the embarrassment of being ousted in five games by a wildcard team should help them be prepared for next year.

My only areas of concern are whether or not James Neal can rebound, or if he's destined for the press box with that big money, and whether or not we'll see any regression from Giordano. Signs point to no on Giordano, as he's consistently gotten better over his career and is a workout machine, doing everything he can to keep his body in top shape. As for Neal, I doubt that we'll see a similarly bad season next year, but maybe the wheels fell off the vehicle and he's done. Maybe he can't get going again in the same environment where he struggled so badly. James Neal is the big question mark for next season, but Bill Peters has shown that he won't handle him with kid gloves. If there's someone else who is going to give us a better chance to win, Peters has already proven he doesn't mind sending almost $6 million to the press box.

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You can have Semyon Varlamov, who is almost certainly leaving in FA.

 

Also, pretend I wrote a smug paragraph beginning with "Is it really so interesting that I thought Calgary would be our best matchup?" here, and that can be the extent of my R1 victory lap.

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It was always going to game 7 :(

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Another higher seeded team has been knocked out. What the hell. Almost all the big, marketable teams are out (which isn't a bad thing).

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These playoffs are wild. 3 game 7's on tap, thus far only 1 higher-seed has advanced, lot of the smaller markets still in it. And so many games have been thrillers. The Carolina-Washington game last night was a blast.

NHL on a national level in the US is in such a weird place where people by and large don't watch once their local team has been eliminated. So as a result it gets argued a lot that for the growth of the sport here they need as many Carolina's and Columbus's and Dallas's making deep runs every year as possible. This year might really test that theory out.

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I just want Carolina to do well because of how much fun they are having out there. 

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I am still all in on the blue jackets.

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25 minutes ago, SeanDMan said:

I am still all in on the blue jackets.

If the Leafs lose tonight, I want the Blue Jackets to go all the way. 

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8 hours ago, Ruki said:

I just want Carolina to do well because of how much fun they are having out there. 

Every game they win weakens Don Cherry just a bit more.

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Hockey is pretty lame tbh.

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I'm totally ok with the Leafs getting an entirely new coaching staff.

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This Vegas/ Sharks 3rd period is something.

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While I'm sad that Vegas lost as I was pulling for them, I also have to laugh cause at work we had started pulling Vegas jerseys once they were up 3 to 1 and now they all gotta be put back to stock. Dont even know if we have San Jose or not to pull today and stuff.

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15 hours ago, Ruki said:

Hockey is pretty lame tbh.

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It's pretty glorious.  Nighty night pajama boy.

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So, I didn't get a chance to watch the game, because I was hosting a Mortal Kombat tournament yesterday, but I did see the penalized hit from the third period of the Vegas/San Jose game.

Wow, is really the only reaction I have. I mean, a five minute major for that, in the third period of a game seven. I'm not even a Knights fan, and I can completely understand why they're so outraged. The ref's took that game away from them.

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I mean, you could argue that they took it away from themselves giving up 4 goals in 4 minutes.

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3 minutes ago, Maxx said:

I mean, you could argue that they took it away from themselves giving up 4 goals in 4 minutes.

I'm fully on board with that. It's the same stance I took with the Flames. Sure, there were a lot of non-calls that shouldn't have been, and there were some penalties called in our series that were weak compared to what had been let go, taken at inopportune moments... but at the end of the day, you take the luck you're given, the hand you're dealt, and you find a way to overcome, or you lose. It's as simple as that.

Should the Vegas penalty have been a five minute major? Absolutely not. Horrible call by the officials in a season that has been filled with inconsistency on their end, at a very awful moment... but Vegas' penalty kill failed them. Four goals allowed on a five minute major is almost unheard of. The call shouldn't have been made, but it was, and they fell apart instead of pushing through.

It's just unfortunate that their season came down to that. If it was penalized as a minor, or even a double minor, they don't give up four goals on the power play and it's a completely different game. Gerard Gallant was pissed though, and rightfully so. He called out the refs after the game, saying that they penalized the end result of something that they didn't see, and he was right about it. They fucked it up, but it doesn't excuse the awful penalty kill that his team would go out and play. That's on him and his players.

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That penalty wasn't a major. But, that said, countless teams throughout history have been assessed 5-minute penalties before and have given up 0, 1, or 2 goals. All of those results would have still meant Vegas won. Instead they capitulated. No one to blame but themselves.

This also means Joe Thornton still has a chance at getting his name on the Cup so I'm on the San Jose train from here on out.*

*Columbus would also be neat, as would the Bunch of Jerks

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Those bunch of jerks move on.

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All 4 wildcard teams move on :D 

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