August 31 2015 03:00PM
The latest addition to the FlamesNation All-Time Flames Team is one of a handful of players to have their jersey digits honoured by the Calgary Flames organization: goaltender Mike Vernon.
The fanbase seems to have a very unique love-hate relationship with Mike Vernon. On one hand, he's a hometown boy that worked his way up from the WHL to represent the team at the NHL level. Heck, he took the team to two Stanley Cup Finals and won a Cup here. And then he was traded away and eventually returned in 2000, at which point he wasn't nearly as good as he was in the 1980s.
For all his faults, he's still the second-best goalie in the history of the franchise.
August 31 2015 12:00PM
There are always risks involved when signing a player to a big deal; those risks are amplified when said player is on the wrong side of 30.
In Mark Giordano's case, it was going to be tough: he'll be 33 years old when his new deal, worth an annual average value of $6.75 million, kicks in. That's not the problem. The problem is he'll be 38 years old when it finally expires.
Right now, it looks great: just under $7 million for a defenceman who should be a multi-Norris winner at this point? Awesome. But as the years go on, it has the potential to get really ugly.
Good thing that's just potential, and not fact. There have been defencemen who have continued to play exceptionally well as they've aged past typical peak years. The question is, can Giordano be among them?
August 31 2015 10:57AM
The blueline of the Calgary Flames was one of the most overwhelming positives to come out of the 2014-2015 season. Lead by captain Mark Giordano, Calgary's defensive group scored a lot, blocked a lot of shots, and impressed observers and pundits league wide. By and large, that group is back again, and to make matters better, the Flames also added an impact player in late June. So how much better should Calgary's blueline be this year?
August 31 2015 09:00AM
Morgan Klimchuk is FlamesNation’s 5th ranked prospect in 2015.
third of three first round picks in the much lauded 2013 Draft class has
probably contributed to Morgan Klimchuk’s status as the forgotten man in
Calgary’s prospect pool. Having the two 1st rounders ahead of him be 30 goaler
Sean Monahan and AHL All-Star Emile Poirier probably haven’t helped in that
August 30 2015 01:30PM
Coming into this offseason, defence was probably the most important area the Flames needed to address. With everybody healthy, there was a set top four of Mark Giordano, TJ Brodie, Kris Russell, and Dennis Wideman; after that, there was Deryk Engelland, and... somebody.
That somebody left a small handful of options, either from within their own then-meagre prospect base; or a free agent, either somebody new or returning after an expiring contract (oh, David Schlemko, how are you still available?).
The acquisition of Dougie Hamilton changed everything, though. That one spot that was there for somebody's taking still exists, but it's harder to earn, now.