March 16 2015 11:00AM
Last year Flames captain Mark Giordano entered the conversation as one of the league's premier defenders. Missing 18 games due to injury and being relatively new to the "best defenseman in the game" conversation limited his chances of serious Norris consideration, however.
This year Giordano picked up where he left off, rapidly proving to be the Flames best player while leading the league's defenders in scoring. He was perhaps the leading candidate to take home the Norris trophy until a torn bicep ended his season at 62 games.
March 13 2015 01:00PM
It's about that time again! The Flames continue to defy gravity and the very real chance they make the playoffs for the first time since 2010 looms large on the horizon. Hazzuh! Calgary's improbable success continue to cause tension between fans and "advanced stats" analysts however, so I got a lot of questions related to that in this week's mailbag.
We also touch on Monahan comparables and some hypotheticals regarding the Flames blueline.
March 07 2015 10:19AM
Time again for the FlamesNation Friday Mailbag. This week we have a grab bag of unrelated items, ranging from the Flames lacklustre collection of defensive prospect to the futures of Hiller, Ramo and Mikael Backlund.
Let's dive in.
March 05 2015 11:00AM
The trade deadline has come and gone, featuring relatively minor moves but a maximum of drama nonetheless. The Glencross swap was expected and straightforward, but there's a lot to talk about when it comes to moving Sven for a second rounder.
- I'll admit, in absence of the knowledge that Baertschi had demanded a trade, I was disappointed in the return for the 22 year old winger. Whatever the circumstances, converting a 13th overall draft choice into a second round pick less than four years after his draft day is significant asset degradation.
- The tendency in the wake of the deal is to point fingers and determine blame. There are roughly two camps to this debate currently: one side who says Baertschi sewered his opportunity with Calgary due a combination of poor attitude and poor performance. The other side says the Flames completely mishandled the player, scuttling his development.
Boringly I think the truth is somewhere in the middle.
February 28 2015 11:10AM
Giordano hurt, depth on D sorely lacking and an opportunity for spiteful irony. Please claim Tim Erixon @NHLFlames— Kent Wilson (@Kent_Wilson) February 28, 2015
An old friend of the organization went on waivers today.
Tim Erixon, the Flames first round pick from 2009, was waived by the Chicago Blackhawks. Ironically, the 24 year old has been unable to nail down a full time NHL gig since forcing a trade to the New York Rangers in the summer of 2011 (ostensibly because he didn't see an opportunity to make the Flames).