August 30 2015 01:30PM
Coming into this offseason, defence was probably the most important area the Flames needed to address. With everybody healthy, there was a set top four of Mark Giordano, TJ Brodie, Kris Russell, and Dennis Wideman; after that, there was Deryk Engelland, and... somebody.
That somebody left a small handful of options, either from within their own then-meagre prospect base; or a free agent, either somebody new or returning after an expiring contract (oh, David Schlemko, how are you still available?).
The acquisition of Dougie Hamilton changed everything, though. That one spot that was there for somebody's taking still exists, but it's harder to earn, now.
August 30 2015 12:04PM
It's been a busy summer for the Calgary Flames. They've made key additions via both the trade route and free agency while also taking care of some crucial in-house matters. With training camp on the horizon, I thought it would be a good time to truly evaluate how much better (or worse) the Flames have made themselves since May. We'll start by looking at an area that has seen the least change this summer: goaltending.
August 30 2015 09:00AM
It's September on Tuesday and the Calgary Flames rookies are preparing to head to town for camp. With the rookie camp likely opening on September 10 in preparation for the Penticton tournament, expect things to get pretty busy in a short while.
But right now, here's a quick rundown of what's making minor waves in the Flames world.
August 29 2015 02:30PM
An upside to having so many forwards? You know competition will be intense, and those who make the starting lineup will have truly earned their spots. A downside? There's very, very little room for prospects to be able to make it, and prove they deserve a spot of their own.
On the one hand, it's a good thing: you know you aren't letting anybody undeserving or not ready into your lineup. On the other hand, it's a bad thing: it makes it all the more difficult to fulfill the mantra of "always earned, never given", as Josh Jooris found out last season.
Jooris earned a roster spot out of training camp, but was cut, and only got to make the NHL when another forward was injured. By the time enough players had returned to sufficient health, Jooris had established himself in the lineup, and finally, others were cut to make room for him.
Who are the forward prospects - those who have yet to establish themselves as NHLers - to keep an eye on this season?
August 29 2015 11:00AM
In the wake of the CalgaryNext and Giordano contract announcements, we decided to rouse the FN mailbag feature from its off-season hibernation.
Ironically, nobody asked any questions about the arena project, so most of today's inquires tackle Calgary's blueline and contract situation moving forward.