July 31 2015 01:00PM
The Calgary Flames captured the imagination of the hockey world in 2003-04. They had a season where everything went right, seemingly - until the end - and the franchise finally had some momentum after being a league-wide afterthought since the early 1990s.
And then they missed an entire season due to the lockout.
When the NHL resumed played in the fall of 2005, the game was much different. But Darryl Sutter had time to reshape his motley crew into a more polished, veteran-laden group that really should've performed better in the playoffs than they actually did. The 2005-06 Calgary Flames were a great team on paper. Unfortunately, they didn't play the post-season on paper.
July 31 2015 11:08AM
As free agency enters it's second month, one of the small mysteries for me has been the future of defenceman David Schlemko. Claimed on waivers late in the season by the Flames, I thought the serviceable blueliner more than held his own in the role he was given. Is this high priority stuff for Calgary? No, it's not. But I do think you can make a compelling case why bringing him back makes sense.
July 31 2015 10:00AM
When the AHL announced its new western outposts, you knew right off the hop it was going to be an exciting season.
Perhaps the most exciting part about the new division is that in so many ways it’s going to wind up breeding career-long team and personal rivalries in the NHL with the Flames, Oilers, Kings, Ducks and Sharks all having footholds out west.
With that in mind, here is a 2015/16 Pacific Division primer, with brief team summaries, which players you should watch, notable new additions to each team and who the first call-up is likely to be on each team.
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July 31 2015 07:00AM
Canucks shake things up, pay too much for Sutter, Leafs-Bernier Arb battle, breaking down Lamoriello's past trades, one of the Flames top prospects coming to North America, McDavid, Scrivens, free agents still available for almost free and more in this week's Roundup.
July 30 2015 11:01AM
The 2002-03 season was a tumultuous year for the Calgary Flames that saw the team filled with turmoil, change, and disappointment. They entered the 2003-04 season with a different head coach, a different general manager and a different captain than they began the previous season. Heck, they even changed the colour scheme of their home and away jerseys.
And all that new energy seemed to gel quickly with the returning core of the team, as the Flames had one of the most astonishing 118 games of hockey we've ever seen around these parts.