May 02 2015 03:00PM
Despite how pleasantly surprising these 2014-15 Calgary Flames have been, there’s a lot that isn’t quite ideal right now. Being down 0-1 to the Anaheim Ducks in the second round of the playoffs isn’t ideal. Being blown out 6-1 by them also isn’t ideal.
But probably most of all, Mark Giordano not being able to play is not ideal.
May 02 2015 01:00PM
Calgary's captain was not named a finalist for the Norris Trophy, but he'll be headed to Las Vegas in late June anyway.
Mark Giordano was named a finalist for the NHL Foundation Player Award, as revealed on Sportsnet's pre-game festivities last night. San Jose's Brent Burns and the Rangers' Henrik Lindqvist are the other finalists. The award goes annually to a player that more or less exemplifies good citizenship within their community, though it also goes to a high-end player. (It's quite similar to the King Clancy Award in that respect.)
May 02 2015 12:35PM
The Nation Network isn't accustomed to playoff success. What else do you expect from a blog network based out of Edmonton?
We're experts in the draft lottery though, and we know a thing or two about playoff pools - particularly the Nation Drafts charity playoff pool that we run annually. With the second round of the 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs already in full swing, let's take a moment, look back at round one, and check out the progress that the Nation Network's poolies are making in the competition!
May 02 2015 11:00AM
Two Calgary Flames prospects kept their championship hopes alive, while another has had theirs extinguished last night in Brandon.
The Brandon Wheat Kings capped off their Eastern Conference Championship series with the Calgary Hitmen with an 8-2 win, giving them a 4-1 series victory and a trip to the WHL Final against either Kelowna or Portland beginning sometime next week.
May 01 2015 04:00PM
It's a good news, bad news situation for Calgary Flames prospect watchers this weekend.
The good news is that the Brandon Wheat Kings have a chance to advance to the Western Hockey League finals with a win tonight at home against the Calgary Hitmen. The bad news is that Keegan Kanzig's season, and junior career, are likely nearing their end (with the Hitmen down 3-1 in the series). The better news is that 2013 first round pick Morgan Klimchuk - the only first rounder from the last two drafts not to have dipped his toe in the NHL pond yet - is having a very good series.
In Wednesday's Game 4, he had the game-winning goal and two assists in what may end up being the final junior game he plays in the Scotiabank Saddledome - his hometown rink. We caught up with Klimchuk outside the Wheat Kings locker room, just down the hall from the Flames room, after the game.