August 27 2015 06:19PM
The brave new world of the American Hockey League was finally revealed today, as the league officially released their 2015-16 schedule - featuring 68-game schedules for each of the five California-based teams.
As one of them, the Calgary Flames' AHL affiliate - the Stockton Heat - will play 68 games during their inaugural season. And they'll do so by only playing against 9 of the AHL's other 29 teams.
August 27 2015 03:30PM
The latest member of FlamesNation's All-Time Team is the ninth player named to the club, but he's number 10 in your programs and your hearts - Gary Roberts.
One of the most prolific, gritty and versatile forwards in Calgary Flames history, Roberts was a rock on the left side for the Flames during some of the team's best years. Even as his body seemingly broke down due to injury in his later years, Roberts remained a productive player and a consummate professional.
Outside of Jarome Iginla and Miikka Kiprusoff, Roberts may be the best Flames player to not yet have his jersey number honoured (or retired) by the team.
August 27 2015 03:02PM
In the wake of Mark Giordano's contract extension earlier this week, Calgary's cap crunch going forward has become even more clear. With big money also due to both Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau for the 2016-2017 season, the Flames are going to be right up against a salary cap that isn't expected to rise dramatically. Calgary is going to have to make some tough decisions, and some of those choices might have to be made during the coming season. Let's take a look at their most valuable, and most likely, trade assets for the coming year.
August 27 2015 12:30PM
When the Flames first moved to Calgary in 1980, there were a lot of good players making the trip up north. One of the absolute best, though, was Kent Nilsson.
When Nilsson was traded, it was for a modest return of two second-round picks - one of which turned into Joe Nieuwendyk.
When Nieuwendyk was traded, it was for a prospect who had yet to truly break out (though that would come soon after): Jarome Iginla.
When Iginla was traded, it was for
Matt Bartkowski, Alexander Khokhlachev, and a first Ben Hanowski, Kenny Agostino, and a first: otherwise known as who, who, and obviously.
August 27 2015 09:30AM
Continuing with FlamesNation's ongoing prospect profile series, at number seven, we've gone with a kid the Flames rescued from the scourge of being an Oilers fan: Brandon Hickey.
The Flames sure got around in the 2014 draft. First, they had a can't miss prospect; then, a Q goalie and an O giant. After that, they turned to home, but not to the W - to the AJHL.
Former AJHL defender or no, Hickey has done a lot over the year since he's been drafted to rise up through the ranks, and have people really looking at him as a player with a good future. Who says you need major junior?