July 27 2010 08:14PM
I attended both morning sessions for the forwards and defenders today, as well as a good portion of the mixed afternoon practice. Today was more about building some familiarity with the players overall and my observations will build as the week progresses. Obviously one day lacking any sort of game action is a poor barometer for a player's overall effectiveness, but I'll share what stuck with me nonetheless. Here are my thoughts in no particular order:
July 26 2010 10:58PM
Pat Steinberg has already teed things up for the Flames Dev. Camp here. What he failed to mention was that both he and I will be in attendance throughout the week and we'll endeavor to cover the proceedings from a number of angles. I plan to share my general thoughts from the bleachers while Pat will be gleaning stuff from individual prospects from his own observations and interviews.
The sechdule for the week can be found here.
The camp roster is here.
Expect daily updates from now till Friday.
July 26 2010 12:18PM
According to Rob Kerr, the Flames have added a head shrinker to the club's subtely changing front office this week. Doctor Dave Paskevich was previously an associate professor of Kinesiology at the University of Calgary. You can bet the Flames have interest in Paskevich thanks to the first item in the "current work" section of his bio: examining collective efficacy in sport.
July 21 2010 10:41AM
There's no secret the primary (lone?) area of concern for the Flames heading into next year is scoring. Calgary finished with the second least amount of goals during the regular season, with their 201 total narrowly beating out the Boston Bruins (196). With an offense that inept, improvement is going to have come from multiple areas. The focus for toay is powerplay goals. More specifically, drawing more penalties in order to score more powerplay goals.
July 19 2010 12:07PM
With Ilya Kovalchuk finally ending the suspense with his decision to re-sign in New Jersey, the feeling is the rest of the dominoes will begin to fall in short order. That's only midly exciting news given the dearth of truely interesting players remaining on the free market. While not terribly relevant to the Flames currently, here's the list of somewhat engaging guys still looking for work.