FGD: Last stop, Winnipeg

Taylor McKee
October 19 2014 01:17PM

I think I like those Jets sweaters best...

It may be hard to care about the result of tonights game while we our collective hearts are a flutter over the news that the Flames may be closing in on signing T.J Brodie to an extension (for what may be a reasonable price). However, the Flames have a game to play tonight against the Winnipeg Jets on "Rogers Presents: Placating Ron MacLean" or something. 

The Flames are closing out a long and fairly successful road trip that has seen them beat Nashville, Chicago, and Edmonton (wait, they're still giving out points in the standings for beating the Oilers right?) and can finish the trip above .500 with a win tonight in Winnipeg. See the lineups for both squads after the jump.

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Taylor McKee
October 11 2014 01:43PM

Welcome to your favourite Scorch fanblog for tonight's preview of the Flames and St. Louis Blues!

The Flames are coming off their requisite thrashing of the Oilers on Thursday and are in St. Louis tonight for the Blues home opener that precious few in Missouri will give a flying crap about as both the Royals and Cardinals play this evening in the MLB championship series'.

The Flames are on the second game of a brutal six-game road trip to start their season and will be in tough tonight against a Blues team that dropped their season opener on Thursday. Thanks to a most predictable injury and a flu, the Flames will debut a new winger tonight, find out who it is (there's a big picture of him) after the jump!

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Reasonable Expectations: Deryk Engelland

Taylor McKee
August 28 2014 08:53AM

The Flames did their best to make a splash on July 1st this year. Signing Mason Raymond and Jonas Hiller were both moves that were widely applauded as sensible pickups for decent dollar amounts. However, there was a third signing that fateful day. 

The Flames signed Engelland for three years and an average of $2.9 million per (about 400k more than Glencross will be making this year btw) in a move that was largely regarded as one of the biggest head-scratchers of the day. 

If not just out of a masochistic desire to pick scabs, lets let's get to meet Deryk (sic) Engelland!

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Reasonable Expectations: Kris Russell

Taylor McKee
August 26 2014 08:30AM

That goal was sweet. Kris Russell, outta nowhere! (in fact, that would be a fitting title of a novella written about his 2013-14 season). Ending that 2810481 year jinx in Chicago was nice and that got a win for Reto Berra, which didn't happen often.

It is fair to say that Kris Russell has far-exceeded the expectations of someone acquired for a fifth round pick. After a strong start to last season, Russell was rewarded  with a two-year extension that brings him under contract until 2016-17 at a very reasonable $2.6 million per season.

Russell has a surprisingly good history of driving possession but played more last year than ever before in his career and his possession numbers suffered. Perhaps the Flames simply asked too much of Russell last season and weren't able to shelter him enough. Let's see what we should expect from Russell this season

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Reasonable Expectations: David Jones

Taylor McKee
August 20 2014 08:30AM

First off, remember when that goal happened? Yeah, I was seduced into thinking the Flames got ol' 20 goals McJones in the great crap-swap of '13 but alas, it was not to be in 2013-14...

The Flames acquired David Jones in June of 2013 as a part of a trade that saw Alex Tanguay and Cory Sarich sent to a team with a coach that treats their players like sheepdogs. Somehow, the Flames managed to acquire Shane O’Brien in that deal in what has become one of the least productive trades in NHL history.

David Jones is certainly a mysterious player for the Flames, displaying tantalizing hands at times and other looking as though he shouldn't be trusted with scissors. Let's get into what we can expect from Jones this coming season!

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