October 03 2013 07:47AM
After four years of teetering on the edge of the precipice, the Flames finally plunged head first into the abyss. The only pertinent question for the club now is how deep the hole goes.
last year, the season preview was titled battling the inevitable. Thanks to a confluence of circumstances - Iginla's pending free agency, the implosion of the goaltending, bad luck, bad roster construction - Calgary finally, inexorably, lost the battle and the organization was forced to finally do what so many fans and pundits had been suggesting for so long - begin the rebuild.
September 30 2013 12:21PM
The season is just about upon us. Stock up the beer, fire up the DVR, prep your TV remote for a few angry tosses across the room. It was long summer and in some ways it's likely to be a long season as well. But we're glad it's here anyways.
As is our custom, FN writers got together and discussed a few of the team's key issues heading into action. Christian, Ryan (Pike), Ryan (Lambert), Book of Loob and Justin Azevedo shared their thoughts on where the Flames will place in the standings, who the club's goat will be and what the future holds as Calgary embarks on the rebuild.
September 29 2013 01:04PM
A flurry of minor activity today as NHL teams start making their final roster moves in preparation for the start of the season. For their part, the Flames have waived another three players: Derek Smith, Ben Street and Blair Jones. Street and Jones are guaranteed to be shuttled off to Abbotsford if they clear, while the Smith move may simply be to give the Flames options if "something else" happens over the next 24 hours or so.
September 29 2013 10:49AM
Although we figured Joe Colborne might be a throw-in piece for a John Michael Liles trade, the Flames instead acquired the former first rounder for a conditional fourth round pick instead.
Colborne ticks all the boxes for the Flames. A 6'5" centerman, the 23 year old is a Calgary native who played in the AJHL before going off to college for the University of Denver, where he scored 31 and 41 points in his freshman and sophomore seasons.. Originally picked by Weisbrod and the Bruins 16th overall in 2008, he was then was acquired by Burke in a trade involving Tomas Kaberle. Appropriately, I chose Colborne as a key comparable to Mark Jankowski back when the Flames chose the latter 21st overall.
September 28 2013 10:26AM
We rounded up a few more fan ask questoins via Ask FM this week. Watch for the call-out on twitter around Thursday or Friday of every week if you have something you'd like FN writers to talk about. Alternatively, you can email me (firstname.lastname@example.org). This week we look at Burke's future, share some observations on Kris Russel and discuss a potential rule change