Updates on the Flames & Oilers – October 2, 2017

by | Oct 2, 2017 | Rumors | 24 comments

Flames reportedly talking to Jagr and the Oilers could use some blueline depth.

CALGARY SUN: cites TSN’s Pierre LeBrun yesterday reporting via Twitter the Calgary Flames are in talks with right wing Jaromir Jagr. The 45-year-old Jagr is an unrestricted free agent. He netted 46 points in 82 games last season with the Florida Panthers.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: As LeBrun’s colleague Travis Yost recently observed, the Flames are lacking offense at right wing. They used Micheal Ferland, Michael Frolik, Curtis Lazar and Troy Brouwer on the right side during training camp and preseason. Not a lot of firepower there.

That they’re talking to Jagr indicates they want to bolster their depth at that spot. It could also be an indication of what little talent is available at that position in the trade market. 

**UPDATE** The Flames have reportedly signed Jagr to a one-year contract worth a base salary of $1 million plus $1 million in bonuses. 

EDMONTON JOURNAL: David Staples recently observed the Oilers have a lack of skilled depth among their bottom-three defensemen. If one or two of their top blueliners gets hurt it could become an issue over the course of the season.

Staples noted colleague Jim Matheson recently suggested the Oilers target the Vegas Golden Knights, who are in need of making some room on their crowded blueline. Matheson suggests Colin Miller or Jon Merrill as trade options. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: With preseason over and teams required to submit their cap-compliant rosters by 3 pm ET on Tuesday there could be some trade activity over the next couple of days. If the Oilers are keen to add some depth to their blueline, perhaps they’ll make that move soon. 



  1. Seems like Jagr will land somewhere!

    • hopefully the KHL !

  2. Doubt miller gets moved.

    • Other than Engelland the only other RH Dman of the 11 currently on the Capfriendly NHL roster.

      Tick tock George McPhee.

  3. Good for Calgary getting arguably a top ten NHLer and best winger in history of the game signed. Shame he didn’t get signed in Pittsburgh so pens could move a winger for a center. Overwhelming majority of the city would love him back

    • I think that would have been cool too but many on here claim that he would be tarred and feathered in Pittsburgh; Jagr that is.

      • No. Only a few knuckleheads feel that way. Most of the people going to games arnt even old enough to remember the dying alive times. I was a youngish teen who grew up idolizing jagr and his shinanigans hurt. But most people grow up. Fans still boo jagr but mostly it’s just become a tradition. Sports talk radio, local writers and bloggers all overwhelmingly supported the idea of him coming back and responses to those opinions overwhelmingly swung towards welcoming him home. And let’s be honest… the first goal he scored assisted by malkin would bring the house down… it’s the nature of sports fans.

  4. Jagr signed with the Flames

    1 year @ $1 mill and a $1 mill performance bonuses

  5. That’s as good a landing spot as any for Jagr, hopefully he gets to play RW with Gaudreau & Monahan both 5 on 5 & on the PP.

    Calgary & Edmonton are going to battle it out for 1st in the Pacific & Western conference. Boy did Calgary make some upgrades this summer.

    Hamonic, Smith, the resigning Stone & Versteeg pending UFA’s, the added development of, Tkachuk Bennett, Ferland, Gaudreau, Monahan & Hamilton + Jankowski is ready to move to the NHL full time.

    This is going to be a very good hockey team, depth across the board. Going to be curious to see where everyone will play on this stacked roster.

    • Striker,

      I agree everyone is talking Oilers but I think Calgary really has the potential for a BIG year.

      • I couldn’t agree more with you. As a Kings fan this pains me to say but I was in Las Vegas this summer and put a bet on Calgary to win it all.

        In my opinion there are way too many people giving Edmonton too much credit too early. That D-core isn’t winning the cup anytime soon.

  6. Good signing by Calgary, low risk, high reward.
    The ruins put Subban on waivers today, personally I hope he passes. Has too much talent to give up on but didn’t earn the right to stay up.

    • Did I just call my BRUINS the ruins.

      • Freudian slip?

      • It’s not that bad is it? Hahahahaha

      • What kinda fan are you? I’d never call my sens anything insulting!

  7. show you show always read before you hit enter. Chrisms what do you think of your Pens sending down Chabot.

    • Makes me think Karlsson is gonna be back in less than two weeks like the freak of nature that he is

      • Apparently he’ll be in the line-up opening night. Brassard might be as well.

  8. A straw poll in the Ottawa Sun asking “Are the Sens a playoff team?” shows 61% saying NO. I guess some take exhibition games way too seriously. As for Chabot, after a -5 in that Habs debacle, the word is, he’s fine WITH the puck but without it he has a lot to learn. That’ll be the main focus of the coaching staff in Belleville and he’ll be up sometime during the season – IF he learns how to position himself when not in possession. Ekblad had a great year as a rookie – but bad habits didn’t help him at all last season. Some time in the AHL never hurt any young D.

    Which raises the question – will Mikhail Sergachev start the year in Tampa or get some AHL seasoning?

    • I think Sergechev is required to go back to Jr. Not positive but believe so.

      Florida overpaid Ekblad way to fast. He looked some what lost with out his D partner Campbell last season.

      I don’t currently have Ottawa to make the playoffs this year. Brassard has been cleared to play I hadn’t heard about Karlsson playing, they will be in it but TB & Carolina are going to bump 2 teams. The loss of Methot is going to be felt in Ottawa’s top 4. No slight to Cleasson & not meant to be argumentative.

      I haven’t finalized my list yet it goes right down to the wire & haven’t even decided if I think my team the Bruins can make it.

      Getting into the playoffs is going to be tighter then we have ever seen before.

      Really looking forward to opening night of the NHL, 1 of my favorite times of year.

      • There is the temptation to send Sergachev back to Jr to secure the 2nd round compensatory pick; Was, on the table from Montreal.

        Looking at their D it doesn’t look there is room but he played well in the preseason & TB took a good look dressing him 6 of 7 games & there is always room at the top.

        Going to be curious to see what Yzerman does with him. I think he certainly see’s 9 games min. The compensatory pick is 40 games be them regular season or playoff games combined. If sent down before the 40 game mark say WJC’s they don’t burn of an arbitration or UFA year.

    • 61%??? That’s ridiculous. I guess the wildcard is Karlsson’s ankle. I would love to see a Sens-Leafs playoff round in part just to watch Karlsson play. I know comparisons between hockey eras are foolish but Karlsson reminds me a lot of Bobby Orr – he makes the game look so easy and he is at his best when the game is on the line. I hope for every fan’s sake that he makes a full comeback, and soon. Hockey needs him.

  9. now I have a reason to see jagr when he makes his return to south florida.hopefully there will be a good turnout