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Was Signing Blake Coleman a Smart Move by the Flames?

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Was Signing Blake Coleman a Smart Move by the Flames?
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Blake Coleman signs with the Calgary Flames but does he bring instant value to the Flames? The Calgary Flames have scooped up coveted Tampa Bay Lightning winger, and two-time Stanley Cup champion, Blake Coleman in the offseason. Coleman is reportedly signing the dotted line and committing to the Flames for six years, on a $4.9 million contract (total worth $29.4 million).

Coleman’s signing represents a move from a championship calibre team to a middling contender that hasn’t threatened for championships in quite some time. Whether the 29-year-old winger will make an immediate impact on the ice, only time will tell. But, as far as the NHL odds board is concerned, his addition to the roster has yet to make a genuine impact.

So, the Calgary Flames remain a middling contender therefore despite the addition of Blake Coleman. This isn’t a slight on Coleman but rather an evaluation of the Flames as a whole right now. As per Bovada (visit our Bovada Review), the Calgary Flames are tipped at +5000 to win the Stanley Cup next season. Offseason speculation pointed to a move to the Boston Bruins, who’d appeared to be frontrunners in the race for the Texas native during the offseason. Going to Boston would have been something else, mind you.

The Bruins are already an attractive bunch, and side that has plenty of potential as it looks to build off its recent playoff appearance. The Bruins upset the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round before succumbing to the New York Islanders. So, a player like Coleman with his championship experience would have made an immediate impact on playoff-calibre team like the Bruins, joining the likes of Taylor Hall, Brad Marchand, David Pastrnak and Patrice Bergeron (to name a few). It likely would have made an impact in NHL betting markets too.

On a personal level though, the move for Coleman makes sense financially. Staying in Tampa Bay might have been his preferred choice, but it was always going to be a longshot bet when his rising value was unlikely to be accommodated by the Lightning due to the salary cap and other considerations. All players want to be paid their worth, so it must have been the best option on the table for the American winger. It’s a great deal and one that he deserves.

Coleman arrived in Tampa Bay at the 2019-20 trade deadline from the New Jersey Devils in a trade for Nolan Foote and a 2020 first round pick which later emerged to be Shakir Mukhamadullin. He fit instantly with the Bolts’ core line, and his versatility and stability added a new dimension to an already solid line.

He played 55 regular-season games with the Lightning in 2020-21, recording 14 goals and a career-high 17 assists for 31 points. In the postseason, Coleman played 48 playoff games over the course of two Stanley Cup runs with Tampa and has eight goals and 16 assists for 24 points. Where Coleman made the biggest impact though is in the hearts and minds of fans, most memorably with his superman goals – diving superman-style swats at the puck that somehow beat the goalie and found the net to delight of his fans.

Why, just recently, in the second game of the Stanley Cup finals against the Montreal Canadiens, Coleman looked like Clark Kent goal in a 3-1 win that gave the Lightning the commanding 2-0 series lead over Canada’s hopefuls. All in all, the Calgary Flames have scored big with this acquisition but the betting impact right now is small due to the fact that the Flames have a long way to go to become contenders in 2021-22 Stanley Cup betting.