August 28 2016 01:00PM
We're inching closer and closer to the beginning of camps for the 2016-17 National Hockey League season. And with the hockey season getting closer and closer, the various fantasy hockey guides are hitting newsstands – and the Internet – for poolies to fawn over.
Much like our brethren over at The Leafs Nation, we're curious as to how many points each prognosticator believes various Calgary Flames players will earn over the next season. And our pal Dom Luszczyszyn even provided us with the same projections for Flames players as he did for the Maple Leafs' for this season. (Thanks, Dom!)
August 28 2016 10:00AM
The National Hockey League is expanding to 31 teams for the 2017-18 season, adding a brand new team from the sunny climes of Las Vegas, Nevada. That means that for the 12th time in league history, we're going to have us an expansion draft.
The Calgary Flames are no strangers to expansion drafts. They came into existence by virtue of the 1972 expansion draft (alongside the New York Islanders) and have given up players to brand new teams in eight expansion drafts since then.
But before you feel too bad for the fledgling Flames losing players here and there to other expansion teams, we're here to tell you that they usually didn't lose anybody that was particularly good.
August 27 2016 01:00PM
As we sit around anxiously awaiting the onset of the 2016-17 hockey season, thoughts will naturally drift towards the 2017-18 season and the debut of the new Las Vegas NHL expansion franchise. Much like Vegas will next summer, the Calgary Flames franchise went through the expansion draft process way, way back in 1972 (when they were setting up shop in Atlanta).
So let's set the Wayback Machine for the summer of 1972 and see just how drab the expansion-drafted Atlanta Flames ended up being.
August 27 2016 10:00AM
The reaction seemed to be mostly positive when the Calgary Flames hired Glen Gulutzan as head coach in the middle of June. Gulutzan made a good first impression and addressed a number of things Flames fans had become frustrated with under Bob Hartley's regime, namely possession and blocked shots. Now in his second job as an NHL head coach, let's delve into what we might expect from Gulutzan, specifically in the early going.
August 26 2016 01:00PM
Your pals at Sportsnet announced their national National Hockey League broadcast schedule this week, as well as the regional schedule for the Calgary Flames broadcasts. Aside from a few personnel tweaks – the unfortunate departure of Leah Hextall from the network being the most prominent – this year's television set-up appears to be business as usual, though the press releases were a bit light on details about the various broadcast crews for the national games. Ron MacLean hosts the early games and David Amber hosts the late games, so expect to see a ton of Amber this season given Calgary's time-zone and Pacific-heavy schedule.
The regional broadcasts will continue to be handled by Rick Ball and Kelly Hrudey. The games will be hosted by Roger Millions, and it appears that intermissions will largely be Millions (joined by Eric Francis for home broadcasts, as he was last season). All 82 games will be broadcast on the radio as they typically are by Derek Wills and Peter Loubardias on Sportsnet 960 The Fan, predominantly with our pal Pat Steinberg as host.