September 04 2015 03:00PM
In 2002, Mark Giordano's draft year, eight defensemen were chosen in the first round, including guys named Steve Eminger and Anton Babchuk. Today, only one of those players is still a regular skater in the NHL - Jay Bouwmeester - chosen third overall by the Florida Panthers. And, unlike Giordano, none of them were in line for a major NHL award last season.
The Flames current captain is the most unlikely inductee into our All-time Flames team. His rise to greatness might be the most compelling the organization has ever seen.
September 04 2015 12:00PM
There's been a flurry of minor news over the past day or two, so here's a quick primer for you to digest as we head into the fun of the Labour Day long weekend!
September 04 2015 09:00AM
The identity of the Calgary Flames' top prospect probably isn't too surprising. Outside of Johnny Gaudreau, who was a finalist for the Calder Memorial Trophy last season and is thus not eligible for these rankings, I cannot think of a more exciting player in the organization right now than Sam Bennett.
It takes a special type of player to nearly make an NHL team with a bum shoulder, to undergo surgery on that shoulder in October, briefly dominate the OHL coming in cold in mid-season, and then contribute to a fairly successful NHL playoff run.
But hey, Sam Bennett is a special hockey player. By a unanimous selection of the FlamesNation writing staff, he's the Calgary Flames' top prospect.
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September 04 2015 06:45AM
Can the Leafs land Stamkos, trade Byfuglien or move him to forward, Giordano better with age, Brad Marchands elbow, Oilers making playoffs, projecting lineups, prospect rankings, a great scrap and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.
September 03 2015 03:50PM
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The Calgary Flames have announced that one-time Flames prospect and former oft-injured Colorado Avalanche defender Ryan Wilson will join the club on a professional tryout when training camp opens later this month.
Wilson, 28, is a left-handed shooter with decent size and solid wheels. When he's been healthy enough to be in the lineup, he's been a legitimately useful and productive NHL caliber defenseman. He's rarely been in the lineup in recent years though, which is the primary reason he's available in the opening weeks of September. Since the NHL lockout he's appeared in only 47 games including the postseason, the result of a variety of injuries to his knee, ankle, shoulder and back.
As a no-risk gamble with the possibility of upgrading the club's blue-line depth, this is a potentially savvy invite for the Flames.