The Calgary Flames will not be using either of their compliance buyouts this summer, according to GM Jay Feaster.
As per the new CBA, teams are allowed to buyout two contracts over the next two summers through this method. The compliance buyouts are unique because they take the player's entire cap hit off the books. For now, the Flames are pretty healthy from a cap perspective, so we can understand why they don't feel any urgency to take advantage of this option.
Karri Ramo and the Calgary Flames have reportedly agreed on a multi-year contract.
The deal cannot be made official until July 5. Ramo has spent the past four seasons in the KHL with Omsk, where he had a 26-9-5 record with a 2.00 GAA and a .929 save percentage during the 2012-13 campaign. If Miikka Kiprusoff retires then there's a chance Ramo could end up as Calgary's number one goaltender next year.
Anton Babchuk has agreed to terms on a contract with Salavat of the Kontinental Hockey League, the club's GM tells Sports.ru's Igor Eronko.
Babchuk had one assist in seven games with the Flames this season and is a long way from fantasy relevance. Terms of the contract weren't immediately available, but chances are Babchuk got a much better payday to return home than he would have in the NHL.
Calgary Flames bench boss Bob Hartley thinks Patrick Roy will be a great head coach for the Colorado Avalanche.
Hartley was Roy's coach in Colorado when the team won the Stanley Cup in 2000-01. "Patrick is a relentless worker. He's passionate. He wants to win," Hartley said. "He's one of the most fiery guys that I've coached. When you talk about passion and when you talk about fire in his eyes, there's nobody that comes very close to Patrick. Practices, games, everywhere ' Patrick would always be right at the top. I've never seen Patrick take an easy day when I was around him. He's a very proud man, a very proud athlete, and that's what made him special." Hartley added that he's remained closer to Roy than any of his other former players. The first game between the Flames and Avalanche in 2013-14 should be fun to watch.
With Roman Cervenka reportedly heading back to the KHL for the 2013-14 campaign, the experiment is over.
The Calgary Flames took a chance on Cervenka after he dominated in the KHL, but he was never able to adjust to playing in North America. That being said, his tenure with the Flames wasn't disastrous. In fact, with nine goals and 17 points in 39 games, he probably would have gotten another shot with the Flames or a different NHL team if that's what he wanted. At the same time, he highlights the risk associated with grabbing mid-20s European star that has no prior North American experience. Sometimes it works out, but drafting a player in a fantasy league with those credentials is a roll of the dice.