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.
July 29 2015 10:42AM
The formula above is math, which means it's scary and might as well be cyrillic. The Calgary Flames are working on a formula of their own, because they have an interesting job on their hands. The Flames have a really solid number of decent prospects, which they should be given credit for. Now the challenge is identifying which of those players they want to have move columns. Let's face it, Calgary now has to move a few players who were once organizational prospects into a different category: organizational assets.
July 29 2015 09:51AM
If you believe either AIK Hockey's website or Swedish news outlet Expressen, Oliver Kylington is coming to North America next season regardless of whether he makes the Calgary Flames roster or not.
A Google translation of a pair of articles from Sweden seem to indicate that Kylington will be loaned to the Flames fully rather than having to balance his rights in North America with AIK's rights. This does presume that Google's translations are reasonably accurate, though.
July 28 2015 01:00PM
Let's say you're a young hockey player, and you show some promise. Not just promise to play in the NHL, but to be an impactful regular. It's evident there's something special about you: nobody's just quite sure what that something is yet, or how it will turn out.
So when it's time for your new contract, your team isn't sure just what you're worth. Hell, you aren't even entirely sure what you're worth. So you agree to terms: a short, one or two-year deal at reduced pay, with the promise that if you perform well, you'll get more on your next deal.
It's good for NHL teams, because this way, they avoid potentially getting burned on what was really just a flash in the pan, and don't have to worry about a high cap hit.
It's also bad for NHL teams, because this way, they potentially get burned by what wasn't a flash in the pan at all, and they missed out on the chance to lock up what turned out to be an impactful player for much cheaper.