June 02 2015 01:00PM
Micheal Ferland had a roller-coaster season.
He made his long-awaited NHL debut on October 31 - his expected call-up last season was postponed by a knee injury - only to get immediately sidelined with a suspected concussion for eight games. Then he played nine games, nearly scoring several times, before being returned to the AHL. He returned to the NHL in February and gradually figured things out as he bounced in and out of the line-up.
And then? He had a playoff run that probably cemented his roster spot for next season. He played 26 regular season games and 9 in the playoffs, and he got better as the season wore on.
June 02 2015 11:00AM
With the economy in a downturn in western Canada, there's been a lot of discussion lately regarding portfolio management. While the best practices in investment management are obviously complex and multi-faceted, quite often you will get one piece of single advice.
And it's this approach that's bled into the Calgary Flames' drafting and prospect management philosophy in recent seasons - particularly since Jay Feaster became general manager. A look at Calgary's "portfolio" likely gives some insights into how the Flames will behave at the 2015 NHL Draft at the end of the month.
June 01 2015 03:57PM
The annual deadline to sign drafted prospects has come and gone, and the Calgary Flames have cut bait with one of their 2013 Draft picks.
Per the Flames, they have elected not to sign defenseman Eric Roy. A defender with the Brandon Wheat Kings, he was Calgary's fifth round selection in the 2013 Draft, 135th overall. They acquired the pick from Columbus in exchange for Blake Comeau at the 2013 trade deadline.
June 01 2015 01:00PM
The dust has more or less settled entirely around the Calgary Flames, and now we've convened the FlamesNation crew for the traditional off-season roundtable!
Join Kent Wilson, Ari, myself, Mike Cadarette, Byron Bader, Beloch, Christian Roatis and Taylor McKee as we share our thoughts on the season - now that we've had time to decompress a bit from the rollercoaster ride. Feel free to add your thoughts in the comments!
May 31 2015 03:00PM
The junior hockey season ends tonight, as the Memorial Cup Final goes in Quebec City at 5pm MT on the Sportsnet national feed.
The OHL Champion Oshawa Generals, undefeated in this tournament, will face off against the WHL Champion Kelowna Rockets for junior hockey's richest prize. Flames second round pick Hunter Smith is expected to play a key role in this game, likely put into a shut-down spot against Oilers prospect Leon Draisiatl.