September 26 2016 10:00AM
The summer is over. The World Cup of Hockey is finishing. Now it's training camp time.
Which means the return of the FlamesNation Mailbag. Brad Treliving had a busy offseason, so we have a lot to talk about.
Actually, with Johnny Gaudreau's lingering contract talks hanging overheard, Treliving's offseason technically isn't over. The diminutive star went to the WCH without a contract and put together an outstanding performance against and amongst some of the NHL's best players: another small bit of ammo for his agent in negotiations.
In the inaugural 2016-17 season Mailbag, we talk the Gaudreau contract, Sam Bennett's ceiling, which rookies will make the team and more.
September 21 2016 09:52AM
Team North America lost a heartbreaker to Russia in their previous game, completely outshooting and outchancing Ovechkin and pals in the final frame only to come up one goal short. The upstart young stars team has been full value so far this tournament, providing entertaining, high-octane hockey that puts their opponents on their heels.
The kids face a stiff test in Team Sweden today, however. The Swede's roster is filled with NHL stars, both of the grizzled vet and young star variety. Sweden's blueline is especially imposing, featuring Erik Karlsson, Hampus Lindholm, Victor Hedman, Oliver Ekman-Larrson and Anton Stralman.
Team North America started to look like a Cinderella story in the making after an impressive start to the tournament. Can they get past Sweden today or does the fairy tale end?
September 20 2016 12:00PM
My second game of the Young Stars tournament was a mirror image of the first, with the Flames ending things in OT with a breakaway goal. Calgary's roster didn't change too much, but there were definitely some differences in the performances, at least from my seat in the stands.
Here's the guys who stood out one way or another.
September 18 2016 11:00AM
I am fortunate enough to be in Penticton this weekend, so I will be providing some scouting notes for the games I am able to attend. Last night I was in the building for the Flames' 4-3 loss to the Edmonton Oilers hopefuls.
Overall I thought the Calgary kids carried the balance of play at even strength and probably could have won the game but for a few key mistakes and questionable performances. Here are my thoughts on some of the individual performances from last night.
September 12 2016 08:00AM
A lot changed for the Calgary Flames this offseason, but there are two things that will determine if they really are a better team this year: goaltending and coaching.
The goaltending side is simple.
The coaching side is a bit more complicated. New bench bosses Glen Gulutzan and Paul Jerrard have very clear areas of the game they need to improve in Bob Hartley's wake, including some individual tactics that were lacking under the previous regime.
Here are the areas I'll be grading the new coaching staff on this year.