October 08 2016 08:00AM
As the Flames reemerge from their rebuilding years, a lot has been made about their defensive corps. The team has three of the best locked up long term, and considerable depth in both the NHL and the AHL. The Flames built around their blueline, and are going to reap the benefits for some time.
Until last season, those discussions also included Dennis Wideman, who was coming off a 50+ point year. Even if he regressed in 2015-16, many thought that he would still be a 30-point player at the very least. After last season, some aren't sure he'll crack the top six.
October 07 2016 08:00AM
What's his age again?
This roster has seen a lot of turnover and replacement, but a lot is still the same, specifically with regards to lines and pairings. Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau will still be on the first line, and Michael Frolik and Mikael Backlund will still be pals on the shutdown line. Matt Stajan and Lance Bouma will be united on the fourth line again. No one is really changing their roles.
Except for Sam Bennett, the Flames' highest ever draft pick. This year will be the first he will play at his natural position of centre. He'll also have two unfamiliar linemates in Troy Brouwer and Matthew Tkachuk. All these new roles and scenarios are going to be quite the ask, but they're something that Bennett is poised to conquer.
October 06 2016 08:00AM
Nazem Kadri, meet Mark Giordano pic.twitter.com/oVUKQtL2JC— FlamesNation (@FlamesNation) February 10, 2016
Mark Giordano already has a ton of weight on his shoulders. He's the longest tenured Calgary Flame, the captain of the franchise, and the de facto #1 defenceman on one of the league's best defensive units.
This upcoming season, there will be another bar set. Gio will also be the highest paid (as of this writing, but hopefully not for long) player on the roster. Regardless of what happens with Johnny Gaudreau's extension, Giordano will be making $2.75M more than he was making last year, and should be within a million dollars of the highest paid player on the team.
With that comes a new set of expectations. The franchise obviously wanted to reward Gio for his service with his extension, but you don't give out that much money to someone who doesn't deserve it. What does Gio have to do to justify his price tag?
September 27 2016 09:07PM
Back at it again only a couple of hours removed from last night's game in Edmonton, the Flames (and their B team) took down the Winnipeg Jets 3-0 in a closer-than-the-score-says type of game.
September 21 2016 12:00PM
Main training camp announcements are just around the corner, so we're going to quickly put the final lid on the 2016 Young Stars tournament with the overall fancy stat recap of the weekend.