May 23 2015 01:57PM
For those still hoping for some Calgary Flames action on TV this year, you are in luck.
Hunter Smith and the Oshawa Generals open their 2015 Memorial Cup schedule this afternoon at 2:30pm MT on Sportsnet's national feed against the Rimouski Oceanic.
May 23 2015 01:00PM
There's nothing particularly majestic about Calgary. It's not a New York or a Los Angeles; there's no giant population or year-round warmth. It's a nice city of a little over a million where just about everyone loves hockey, located in the midst of the Canadian prairies-turning-foothills and often subject to cold weather (and the occasional May snowstorm).
So when you're trying to sell a free agent on Calgary, there are much stronger contenders. Sure, it'll have an appeal to the hometown farm boys, but that isn't everyone.
What it really comes down to is the quality of hockey.
Last season, the Flames were not a particularly great hockey team.
But... they did make it to the second round of the playoffs. And that could say a lot.
May 23 2015 11:00AM
I can understand why Brad Treliving wanted to bring in Mason Raymond over the summer. The Flames wanted to augment their roster with some speed and veteran leadership, in case some of their young players didn't turn out too well.
Unfortunately for Raymond, Josh Jooris really played well (as did Lance Bouma), who both gradually leaped up the depth charts. And Johnny Gaudreau turned out pretty okay, too. Unfortunately for the Flames, Raymond got hurt early in the season and never really was all that effective afterwards. Only late in the season did he start using his speed to create chances, and by that point he was on the fourth line.
When you factor in that he's making over $3 million per season, I think everyone's hoping he rebounds in 2015-16.
May 22 2015 03:00PM
For those of you who like wineries, beautiful scenery, and entertaining late summer hockey, you are once again in luck.
The Calgary Flames today confirmed their participation in the 2015 Young Stars Classic Tournament. This year's edition of the tournament goes September 11-14 from the South Okanagan Events Center in Penticton, British Columbia.
The Edmonton Oilers, Winnipeg Jets and Vancouver Canucks are also taking part.
May 22 2015 01:00PM
David Jones came to the Calgary Flames two seasons ago, in what was termed by many to be a "garbage for garbage" between Calgary and the Colorado Avalanche.
The Avalanche sent the rather sizable contracts of Jones and Shane O'Brien to Calgary, in exchange for Alex Tanguay and Cory Sarich, two veterans who had given indications that they had little desire to be part of a protracted rebuild. All four men got fresh starts, but the deal initially seemed rather iffy for Calgary, as O'Brien was sent to the AHL (and then bought out) and Jones fought through injuries for most of last season.
Granted, his deal is still pretty heavy, but David Jones was actually pretty useful for the Flames this season.