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.
September 03 2015 03:00PM
The resurgence of the Calgary Flames has been, in part, due to the ability of their defensive group to generate offense. And if you look at the history of the team, arguably the best Flames teams have been anchored by offense-generating blueliners.
So it probably shouldn't shock you that the latest member of the All-Time Flames Team is one of the team's best offensive-generating blueliners, Paul Reinhart. While he's probably best known these days for fathering three pretty decent hockey players, he was Dennis Wideman before Wideman was - a guy that was at his best in the offensive end, generating chances off the rush. On the All-Time Team, he'd be the power-play specialist - or the guy you'd throw out when the team was down a goal or two and you needed to generate a comeback.
September 03 2015 12:00PM
We've discussed a lot of different aspects of the CalgaryNEXT development around these parts lately, and today I want to discuss something that's been bothering me a little bit.
The Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation are asking for a fair amount of public money to build their arena. To actually get into the building to watch professional sporting event in the new building, such as a Calgary Flames game, people will have to pay again through buying a ticket.
Scarcity economics is what's bothering me in regards to event costs.
September 03 2015 09:00AM
When I was a young boy, the Calgary Flames seemed to have a very particular idea of what a goaltender should be. They jettisoned Mike Vernon, a perfectly fine but physically tiny older goaltender, in favour of a young, tall man named Trevor Kidd.
Trevor Kidd never really worked out. He was an excellent junior goaltender, winning awards and medals and championships. He just couldn't bring it together as a professional.
Now the Flames have another tall goaltender with some impressive amateur pedigree. Per the annual ranking by FlamesNation's writing staff, the Calgary Flames' second-best prospect is Jon Gillies.
September 02 2015 03:00PM
You can't have an all-time team without a starting goalie. And is there anybody better to anoint as a starter than the guy who, for seven straight seasons, played at least 70 games a season? At a (mostly consistently) high level? And somehow didn't die?
From lockout to lockout, Miikka Kiprusoff was the backbone of the Calgary Flames. He was in net night in and night out, and while he never won a Stanley Cup for his efforts (although he was one of two major reasons the Flames even got close), he did secure the only Vezina Trophy in the franchise's history.
You better believe he starts for the FlamesNation All-Time Flames Team.