July 22 2014 10:27AM
Because nobody ever really wants to go forward with an arbitration hearing and publicly bury one of their players, the Calgary Flames have reportedly come to terms with center Joe Colborne on a new deal.
July 22 2014 09:44AM
About a year ago, we spent some time looking at the Flames' age structure.
Back then, the Flames were still somewhat mired in a problem: they had a lot of older players, and a handful of younger players, and not a lot of NHL-ready players in that middle age group. To be successful or, heck, just to survive the aging of your roster, you want to have a reasonably balanced age structure with younger players coming up at a fairly steady rate to spell off your declining and departing veterans.
The Flames have improved a bit in this area just over the past 13 months - through two free agent signing periods and an entire regular season.
July 21 2014 09:30AM
The Calgary Flames have had some great hits and some ugly misses when drafting Swedish players.
The hits are pretty obvious: 2007 first rounder Mikael Backlund and, awhile ago, Hakan friggin' Loob. The misses? There have been quite a few since the 2004-05 lockout: Tim Erixon, and a slew of late-rounders like Per Jonsson, Alexander Deilert and Henrik Bjorklund. So while the Flames once again went to the Swedish well in the 2014 draft, grabbing the towering Adam Ollas Mattsson in the sixth round, you could understand why they hedged their bets a bit.
Ollas Mattsson didn't participate in on-ice at development camp due to injury, but he was available to the media. He comes across amazingly well, particularly because he speaks better English than most of the media honks (this writer included). The youngest player in the Flames system by virtue of his July 1996 birthday, Ollas Mattsson impressed at the World Under-18s and even made his pro debut with Djurgardens as a 17-year-old.
I chatted with him a bit at development camp.
July 18 2014 08:02AM
As we creep closer to the kick-off of the 2014-15 season, it begins to dawn on me that this season is pretty important for the Calgary Flames, and a lot of the organization's players.
Okay, ignore the whole "Play Whack for Jack (Eichel)" or "(Play With) No Honor for Connor" aspect. If you look at Calgary's roster, outside of a few names, it'll be the same team that played well (and finished 27th) last year.
But next summer could see a lot of changes and allow Brad Treliving to put his stamp on the team in a big, big way.
July 16 2014 11:25AM
Remember Mark Jankowski?
The centerman was drafted by the Flames in the first round of the 2012 Draft, but both the general manager and assistant general manager that took him are gone from the organization now. For his part, Jankowski seems unphased. Speaking with the media during development camp, he spoke about expectations for his Providence College Friars club and the 12-man freshman class he joined the team with in 2012-13 (including fellow Flames picks Jon Gillies and John Gilmour) - they'd love to win a championship before they finish their collegiate careers.