Flames general manager Jay Feaster realizes there is no "quick fix" to becoming a great team.
Feaster understands that after finishing last a year ago and 25th this season, his team is in total rebuild mode. "I don't think there's a quick fix," Feaster said. "The fact of the matter is, we have to do a better job as an organization in drafting. There's not enough players that are pushing through right now. We have to do a better job of developing players. ... And we have to continue to add assets. We can't keep trading away high draft picks and trying for that solution that gets us into the playoffs ... at the expense of the foundation."
Alex Tanguay has been medically cleared after his season was cut short due to a Grade 2 MCL sprain.
Tanguay ended up with 11 goals and 27 points in 40 games this season. He's getting ready for the third campaign of his five-year/$17.5 million deal.
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.