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.
July 29 2015 11:00AM
The 2002-03 campaign was, in retrospect, a season of many different kinds of turning points for the Calgary Flames.
The team's newfound saviour, Jarome Iginla, took a step back in part due to injuries, and the team attempted to surround him with a more balanced supporting cast as a result. The ongoing war of words between Marc Savard and Greg Gilbert turned nuclear and, in moves that defined his tenure as general manager, Craig Button got rid of both of them. And in his third season as GM, and facing the end of his initial contract, Button made the typical rookie GM mistakes of becoming impatient and become reactive rather than sticking to the plan.
The upside is that the absolute mess that was 2002-03 set the table for the magical 2003-04 campaign.