May 26 2015 03:00PM
As many of you may know, at the completion of this past regular season, I put together a tribute montage - 2004 style - to commemorate the incredible Flames season that was. It was extremely successful, and I was overwhelmed by all the positive comments and the shear amount of people that enjoyed it.
May 26 2015 01:00PM
In all my haste to get Calgary's, um, worst players out of the way, I somehow skipped over one of their major success stories - the NHL's 7th-leading scorer, Jiri Hudler.
Hudler joined the Flames as a free agent, signing a long-term deal just before the 2012-13 lockout began. His 2012-13 season was thus, truncated, and unfortunately punctuated with the death of his father. Long story short, much like his coach (Bob Hartley), Hudler probably would've liked a mulligan on the entire 2012-13 campaign.
He seemed to get his legs under him last season, and he was really, really good in spurts this season.
May 26 2015 11:00AM
Although the Flames may be facing a challenging cap situation in a couple of years, for now they still boast a lot of budget flexibility. With the cap ceiling stagnating this upcoming, this may represent an opportunity to pry a few good players from clubs with budget problems. Think Johnny Boychuk from Boston last year.
So who should Brad Treliving be talking to? Candidates include the Chicago Blackhawks, Boston Bruins, Los Angeles Kings and Tampa Bay Lightning. Here's what each club could offer the Flames in terms of trade targets. All salary info from NHLnumbers.com.
May 26 2015 09:00AM
Bill Arnold might just be the most intriguing Flames centre not in the NHL. There were some comments and concerns, especially in his senior year at Boston College, that he may have piggy-backed off of Johnny Gaudreau’s skill. That can be put to rest now.
Arnold was one third of the NCAA’s most potent offensive line alongside Gaudreau and Kevin Hayes, yet he’s the only member of that line that hasn’t made it to the NHL full-time. After a very successful (if not banged-up) rookie pro season, Arnold’s chance to join his linemates as an NHL regular seems to be leaning towards a matter of ‘when’ than ‘if.’
Let’s explore what needs to happen for Arnold to make the Calgary Flames next season.
May 25 2015 03:00PM
This breakdown isn't going to be particularly long.
Brandon Bollig is what he is. He's a fourth line winger. He has size. He occasionally scores goals. He occasionally fights. He doesn't play a heck of a lot.