May 30 2011 05:15PM
Although today is May 30th, there is still no word from the Calgary Flames organization on the signing of Tim Erixon. The Flames first round pick from 2009 had himself a very strong year in the Swedish Elite League and looks to be as close to a blue chip prospect as the franchise has in the pipeline. That's why it's so disturbing the 20-year old hasn't been inked yet.
May 26 2011 02:31PM
I canvassed my twitter followers for some post ideas today and this seemed like the best one (read: easiest for me to do on short notice): an open thread for assistant coach, assistant GM and whatever other topics readers of FN feel are interesting or important.
May 24 2011 11:31AM
One of the most confusing (and distressing) aspects of this past was the giant step back taken by Rene Bourque. I was a pretty big supporter of Bourque prior to his signing his big deal, but my view of him dimmed greatly after his performance this year. There's no question he was placed in less than ideal circumstances by Brent Sutter, but the fall-off was too great to be explained by level of competition alone, particularly since Bourque has faced top-six type competition since arriving in Calgary.
May 23 2011 12:42PM
This article was cross-posted at the Score.com
The response to Jay Feasters recent inauguration as the Flames GM has been ambivalence at best. While the move away from the Darryl Sutter era has been roundly considered the right move, some have pointed to Feaster's draft and trade track record in Tampa as areas of concern. The former Lightning GM has made some indications recently, however, that this move may be a good one for the organization.
In my series on the rise and fall of Darryl Sutter, I noted that his early success led to a cult of personality in town, where Sutter became a sort of unquestioned, autocratic ruler within the organization. I posited this sort of insular, rigidly top-down structure led to organizational biases, blindspots and groupthink, resulting in Sutter's eventual fall from grace.
May 19 2011 11:33AM
With Curtis Glencross' fresh new NMC, the Flames will head into next season with a league-high 10 such clauses on their roster (Iginla, Langkow, Stajan, Bourque, Jokinen, Bouwmeester, Regehr, Sarich, Kiprusoff, Glencross), leading to some understandable consternation about the inflexibility of a roster that is both expensive and hasn't proven to be all that good the last two years. As such, an investigation of the use of the NTC/NMC is in order I think.