October 20 2014 01:37PM
As originally reported by Sportsnet's scoops guru Elliotte Friedman yesterday, the Calgary Flames have officially signed defenseman T.J. Brodie to a five-year contract extension. The deal kicks off next season and runs through the conclusion of the 2019-20 season. The team didn't release money terms, officially. But Friedman reported the average annual value of the deal to be about $4.65 million per year. Although Brodie still had another 8 months before becoming a restricted free agent, his new long-term contract has been a long time coming.
October 19 2014 08:47PM
The Flames got back over .500 and closed out their difficult six game road trip with a 4-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets. Like many of their other W's this season, this one came despite a less than-60 minuet effort and required a large helping of outstanding goaltending and opportunistic scoring to get the two points.
Here's how things went.
October 17 2014 10:53AM
It's been an interesting start of the year for Calgary. With the obvious caveat that five games is a relatively tiny sliver of action, it's still worth going over some very early impressions of the Flames blueline and record through the early going.
October 07 2014 08:30AM
I am currently in the middle of building a new home. We're at the beginning stage, as pictured above, and it struck me recently just how apt an analogy it is for where the Flames are in their rebuilding efforts.
The first step is to dig a big hole in the dirt. Then, you pour the foundation. If that all goes well, you backfill, frame and finish the structure. Unless, of course, you're the Edmonton Oilers. Then your build goes something like this:
September 22 2014 10:51AM
The long summer is finally at an end and aside from hiring a new GM, the Flames had a relatively quiet off-season. They made some nominal additions via free agency, eschewed the trade market and weren't one of the clubs to dive head first into the analytics craze. Probably the best description of the club's activities is "cautious", which isn't a bad thing given where the team is in its new phase of evolution.