Calgary signed forward James Neal to a five-year San Jose Sharks T-Shirts Authentic , $28.75 million contract on Monday, giving Johnny Gaudreau and the rest of the Flames a much-needed scoring boost.Neal has topped 20 goals in each of his 10 NHL seasons, and was considered the top player left on the free-agent market a day after the NHLs signing period opened.The signing also comes a day after general manager Brad Treliving talked of a need to upgrade his forward positions to take the pressure off of Gaudreau, Sean Monahan and Matthew Tkachuk.One of the things we looked to address this offseason was adding depth and versatility to our forward unit, Treliving said. At the end of the year, I talked a little bit about us as a team relying on too few guys to do too many things.Calgary becomes Neals third team in as many seasons. He was selected by Vegas in the NHL expansion draft a year ago, and scored 25 goals and 44 points in 71 games for the Golden Knights.The 30-year-old Neal also played for Pittsburgh and Nashville, and has 263 goals and 495 points in 703 career games.The Flames also signed forward Derek Ryan to a three-year, $9.375 million contract. Ryan scored 15 goals and 38 points in his second full season with Carolina last year. Calgary also added center Austin Czarnik, who spent the previous two seasons with Boston.The additions come on the heels of the Flames acquiring center Elias Lindholm and defenseman Noah Hanifin in a trade that sent defenseman Dougie Hamilton, winger Micheal Ferland and college prospect Adam Fox to Carolina.The Flames missed the playoffs for the seventh time in nine years San Jose Sharks Hoodies Authentic , falling out of contention by going 5-13-1 over the final month of the season. It was a stretch during which Calgary scored three or more goals just five times and was shut out four times. ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) No team in the ultra-competitive Western Conference has made the playoffs more times in a row than the Minnesota Wild, with six straight appearances to share the current streak lead with the Anaheim Ducks.That regular season consistency has only led, however, to April dissatisfaction. Ousted in five games by Winnipeg in their first-round series, the Wild were sent again to an early exit from the Stanley Cup tournament. They were shut out by the Jets in the last two contests and finished with a scoreless streak of 141:47.Its really disappointing. I dont think thats indicative of the kind of team that we have. It was just a really tough night, center Matt Cullen said after the 5-0 loss in Winnipeg on Friday. Obviously with our backs against the wall, I think we all expected more and hoped for more, and I think if we could do it all over again every guy would like to give more.There was no shame in being beaten by the Jets, a deeper, faster team with an exceptional goalie in Connor Hellebuyck that finished with the second-best record in the NHL in 2017-18. For the Wild San Jose Sharks Hats Authentic , though, theres an overarching theme of staying stuck at a good-but-not-great level since the franchise-altering signings of Zach Parise and Ryan Suter helped start this remarkable-but-unfulfilling run of making the playoffs every year with the two stars on the roster.We want more. We expect more from ourselves. We let another one slip away, right wing Charlie Coyle said.Here are some key angles to the end of the Wilds season:LOOKING BACKThe Wild are 2-6 in series and 15-29 in games in the postseason during the Parise-Suter era that began on July 4, 2012. The 17-year-old franchises only advancement past the second round remains the 2003 surge to the Western Conference finals, where the Wild were swept by the Ducks.The postseason trouble encountered by the Wild used to be in the form of the Chicago Blackhawks, who eliminated them in 2013, 2014 and 2015. The Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup in the first and third of those years. They lost in the first round in 2016 and 2017, though, and failed to make the playoffs this spring for the first time in 10 years. So Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews are no longer the problem.Now Nashville and Winnipeg have taken the lead in the daunting Central Division, with the Predators taking the Presidents Trophy with the leagues best record one season after reaching the Stanley Cup finals. Six of the seven teams made the playoffs either last year or this year.We certainly believed that we could give these guys a real run for it even though nobody seemed to be giving us a chance, goalie Devan Dubnyk said. Were one play away each game. I know thats easy to say Custom San Jose Sharks Jerseys , but its really how close it was besides tonight.BANGED UPThis year, in fairness, one of the hurdles to postseason success became the rare absence of Suter, who has long been one of the NHLs most durable players as a puck-moving, tough-minded defenseman. His broken ankle diluted the blue line in the final week of the regular season.Then Parise, whose late-season surge signaled he was all the way back from the back injury and surgery that kept him out for the first 39 games, was knocked out of action with a broken sternum suffered in Game 3 against the Jets.Every team has injuries, right? captain Mikko Koivu said, adding: For sure that hurts, theres no question about that. But we cant go behind that.CULLEN MULLINGMatt Cullen, after winning the Stanley Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2016 and 2017 www.officialblues.com , put off retirement for another year and returned to his home-state team with 11 goals, 11 assists and valuable leadership at age 41. He wasnt ready to address his future after Game 5.My only thought here the last while was getting it back home for Game 6, Cullen said. So to be honest I dont have an answer right now.QUIET COYLENot every forward will be productive in a playoff series, of course, but the Wild were hurting without any goals or assists by three of their top-nine forwards: Coyle, Nino Niederreiter and Jason Zucker. Coyle, who had only 11 goals during the regular season, was especially ineffective against the Jets.Had plenty of chances to finish. I didnt finish. Or the goalie came up big, Coyle said. Whatever it is I didnt get the job done. That hurts.