April 03 2015 03:02PM
It's the final countdown. The last hurrah. Do or die. The Flames have just five games left in 2014-15. Five chances to complete their Cinderella season and punch their ticket to the playoffs. By this time next week, it may well be down to the final contest against the Winnipeg Jets.
And, of course, that means there's lots to talk about in the weekly mailbag. This time around we look at pending free agents, the Flames blueline (again), Flames goalies (again), shot quality and Phil Kessel.
March 31 2015 09:00AM
With maybe one exception (Paul Byron) all of the Flames current NHL RFA's are no-brainers to retain. It's the other 10 minor leaguers who make things a little bit tougher to predict. Let's take a look at the rest of Calgary's RFA class and see if we can determine who will stay and who will go.
March 27 2015 09:00AM
As they charge towards their Cinderella play-off berth, the Flames can see the imposing figure of the Los Angeles Kings looming ever closer in the rearview mirror. It's a bit like Ichabod Crane trying desperately to stay beyond the reach of the Headless Horseman. We'll see if the Flames can reach the bridge in time or not.
With this in mind, we discuss Joe Colborne, Deryk Engelland and what the Flames ideal line-up might look like in this week's mailbag.
March 24 2015 01:30PM
It's been a long time since the Flames were a real threat to make the post-season. It's been an even longer time since anyone could say the club had an above average collection of young players and prospects. Both are true of Calgary currently, which is encouraging at this point in the rebuild.
But it also means the club will have to make some tough decisions on some of the kids this coming off-season. Not only will they be adding to the professional depth when guys like Sam Bennett, Jon Gillies, Keegan Kanzig and Morgan Klimchuk likely turn pro, the organization also has 15 pending RFA's in the NHL and AHL level to sign, trade or walk away from.
Here's a look at the Flames soon to be free agents, with an eye to who they should keep, how much it will cost and who the team may cut bait with. We'll start with the main guys on the parent squad.
March 20 2015 03:00PM
It's Friday, March 20th which means it's the first day or spring and it's time for another mailbag session. I'll apologize up front if you don't see your question answered here. Unforunately I tend to receive a lot of requests, so I have to pare things down a bit.
This week we try to explain the Flames unexpected scoring prowess, the value of hits and the organization's depth down the middle.