October 14 2016 09:00AM
One of the few positives to exist in the first game of the regular season was the improved special teams, specifically the Calgary Flames' penalty kill. This season is significant, with hopes of the team finding success after last season's fraudulent excuse for a PK.
On Wednesday night we caught a glimpse into what Paul Jerrard was preaching throughout training camp and the preseason: an aggressive, intelligent penalty kill that is opportunistic in every sense of the word.
October 12 2016 01:00PM
Lost in a lot of the discussion on the blueline is Jyrki Jokipakka, one of the pieces acquired in the Kris Russell deal with Dallas at the 2016 trade deadline. He's 25 - in the right age group - and that should put him in the discussion of players who should breathe optimism into the fanbase.
The biggest question in this is whether or not Jokipakka can produce results of a second pairing guy, or if he's destined for depth territory.
October 01 2016 03:00PM
So we're at that point of the year, mere weeks away from the regular season, and the typical discussion of who could make the roster to fill any lingering holes. One hole of note is on the defense, and it's a rather important one.
The reality that Jakub Nakladal will be re-signed anytime soon - or at all for that matter - is increasingly diminishing. Ladislav Smid is done for the season (and presumably his career), and we've hit a fever pitch with discussion of whether or not the Flames should bite on Kris Russell again.
Rather than pursue Russell or a guy on a PTO like Nicklas Grossmann, the Flames should look internally.
September 22 2016 10:45AM
Brad Treliving made the announcement today that was seemingly a long time coming: veteran defenseman Ladislav Smid will not play this season. It's little surprise that this was something expected to happen and at the heart of it are two stories.
One, that will give the Calgary Flames additional cap space, a commodity they're desperate for; two, the story of a player whose playing days appear numbered, if not over.
September 14 2016 02:00PM
It's September, the World Cup of Hockey tournament is about to start for real, and the Calgary Flames still have to sign Johnny Gaudreau. But an underlying and rather valuable asset remains unsigned as well: Jakub Nakladal.
After his well above-average showing to close out last season, the Czech blueliner is among a small contingent of capable NHLers who may warrant a PTO or a contract - whether it's in the NHL or overseas - that can help improve a team immediately.