Qualify or let them fly? The Flames’ RFA landscape

Nov 3, 2018; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Calgary Flames goalie David Rittich (33) and left wing Matthew Tkachuk (19) celebrate the win over the Chicago Blackhawks at Scotiabank Saddledome. Flames won 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Candice Ward-USA TODAY Sports

The next major off-season marker is quickly approaching, with the deadline to extend qualifying offers being just mere hours away (5 pm EST, June 25). Teams with restricted free agents (RFA) have until the deadline to retain the negotiating rights to those players, or have them become unrestricted free agents. Issuing a qualifying offer can…


A UFA Cautionary Tale: The 2016 free agent class is nightmare fuel

VANCOUVER, BC - OCTOBER 7: Loui Eriksson #21 of the Vancouver Canucks and Milan Lucic #27 of the Edmonton Oilers skate up ice during their NHL game at Rogers Arena October 7, 2017 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Vancouver won 3-2. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

As the old saying goes, if you're building your team through free agency - you're probably doing it wrong. Sure, on July 1st there is always a huge opportunity for teams to make improvements by signing available free agents. Some come as big ticket players, while others come as depth signings, both inked for the…