Dynamite Night for Calder Trophy Candidates

Steve Macfarlane
October 22 2014 11:04AM

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The odds-on favourite for the Calder Trophy is the Tampa Bay Lightning’s Jonathan Drouin.

Calgary Flames darkhorse Johnny Gaudreau, though, won’t be an underdog for long if he keeps getting on the nightly highlight reel.

The way Gaudreau is progressing, it’s just a matter of time before those who omitted him in their preseason Calder predictions add him to their list of frontrunners and give the Flames hope for their first rookie of the year since Sergei Makarov in 1990.

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Give The Gaudreau Demotion Talk A Rest—At Least For Now

Steve Macfarlane
October 18 2014 11:00AM

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While it’s true that Johnny Hockey clearly needed to take a seat after five games of less-than-promising performances to start his first NHL season, the press-box benching doesn’t mean his next stop has to be the American Hockey League.

You didn’t really think it would be easy making the jump from the college ranks to the fastest and most fluid game on Earth, did you?

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Why a Norris might be in T.J. Brodie’s future: The Duncan Keith comparison

Steve Macfarlane
September 16 2014 09:40AM

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It was the 2008 rookie tournament in Camrose when T.J. Brodie first caught my attention.

The team’s fourth-round pick that year quickly flashed his puck-handling skills and his smooth skating ability while playing mostly beside big, lumbering blueliner Matt Pelech.

He made his share of mistakes, as kids with that kind of natural talent tend to do. He was caught too far up the ice on occasion, and got a little cute with the puck at times when he should have just made the safe play, flipped it off the glass and out. But you could see the raw potential.

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Hayes Chooses Rangers Over Reunion

Steve Macfarlane
August 21 2014 01:30PM

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No Kevin Hayes for the Calgary Flames? How could this have happened? How did the team get beat out by the New York Rangers on Wednesday for the services of the big right-winger whose standout Boston College linemates are already part of the organization?

It seemed like a no-brainer, right? With two-thirds of the top line in the NCAA ranks last season making its debut in the Flames’ season finale in Vancouver, where Johnny Gaudreau and Bill Arnold suited up for the Flames days after their championship hopes ended at the Frozen Four in the spring, it made sense to believe the hype that Hayes would seriously consider a reunion when the inevitable happened and he became an unrestricted free agent by rejecting the Chicago Blackhawks’ last contract offer.

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Byron's Big Season Leads to Heavy Decisions Ahead

Steve Macfarlane
April 21 2014 09:00AM

When you’re talking about a 5-foot-8, 160-pounder (a measurement that falls somewhere between his what’s listed on the Flames website and what he suggests he is), the word big doesn’t come up very often.

For Flames forward Paul Byron, it’s come up a lot lately.

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