March 05 2015 11:00AM
The trade deadline has come and gone, featuring relatively minor moves but a maximum of drama nonetheless. The Glencross swap was expected and straightforward, but there's a lot to talk about when it comes to moving Sven for a second rounder.
- I'll admit, in absence of the knowledge that Baertschi had demanded a trade, I was disappointed in the return for the 22 year old winger. Whatever the circumstances, converting a 13th overall draft choice into a second round pick less than four years after his draft day is significant asset degradation.
- The tendency in the wake of the deal is to point fingers and determine blame. There are roughly two camps to this debate currently: one side who says Baertschi sewered his opportunity with Calgary due a combination of poor attitude and poor performance. The other side says the Flames completely mishandled the player, scuttling his development.
Boringly I think the truth is somewhere in the middle.
March 05 2015 09:00AM
1. The worst thing possible
So Mark Giordano's done for the year, and that's a real shame for him because he was having the season of his life for the second year in a row.
Last season he played 64 games and dominated the toughest competition in the league. He played more than 25 minutes a night, racked up 47 points, and scored 14 times. The Flames were bad around him but it didn't matter; when he was on the ice, they played like the Chicago Blackhawks.
This season he played 61 games and dominated the toughest competition in the league. He played more than 25 minutes a night, racked up 48 points, and scored 11 times. The Flames were bad around him but it didn't matter; when he was on the ice, they played like the Chicago Blackhawks.
March 04 2015 08:16PM
In the fall, I asked an NHL scout about the CHL's western league and was informed it was a 'down year' and there might not be a Top 10 overall selection in the WHL. Six months later? Ivan Provorov has changed the landscape.
March 04 2015 02:00PM
IMO Rene Bourque could not have made this save.
What Would You Do Wednesday Returns to talk puck-stoppers.The Flames certainly have an interesting decision ahead of them this upcoming summer in net. While it may be a little early to be getting into hypotheticals when a lot of the decision will involve what occurs over the next 19 games, let's do it anyway because it's fun.
Let's talk about the goaltending future of the Flames and see a really old picture of Ramo!
March 04 2015 12:00PM
A week ago in Newark, Calgary Flames captain Mark Giordano went down with a bicep injury in the waning moments of Calgary's 3-1 win over the New Jersey Devils.
We now know that Giordano will undergo surgery and is done for the season. At the time of the injury, Giordano was one of the NHL's leading scorers among defensemen and considered one of the leading candidates for the Norris Trophy - awarded to the league's best defender.
But now that he's going to miss the final 21 games of the season, does he have a shot at winning it?