August 08 2015 11:00AM
The 2013-14 campaign was the first season of the Calgary Flames first full-fledged, unabashed rebuild. It featured a full training camp for coach Bob Hartley, a brand new captain in Mark Giordano, and more unknown roster players than you could shake a stick at.
It also featured a crackerjack line brawl in Vancouver that seemed to catapult the Flames towards second-half success - albeit way too late to make a difference in the standings.
August 07 2015 11:00AM
The 2012-13 season was disappointing for two key reasons. The first was a lockout that reduced the National Hockey League season to 48 games. The second was the much-overdue beginning of the Calgary Flames rebuild, beginning in earnest with the team trading away Jay Bouwmeester and Jarome Iginla prior to the trade deadline.
But there was a fair amount of mediocre hockey between the season beginning and Jay Feaster finally, mercifully, pulling the ripcord.
August 06 2015 11:00AM
The careers of hockey executives and the lives of hockey teams are often boiled down to sound-bites and quotes that define them. For the 2011-12 Calgary Flames, the season boils down to a pair of statements, and I'm paraphrasing here.
- "This team deserves a chance to win." - Jay Feaster, on why he didn't blow up the team at the 2012 trade deadline.
- "Mark Jankowski will be the best player in the draft in 10 years." - both John Weisbrod and Jay Feaster on their decision to go off the board at 21st overall (after trading down from 14th overall) at the 2012 Draft.
This was that season, where the Flames just barely missed the playoffs, Brent Sutter rode off into the sunset, and Jay Feaster re-signed Tim Jackman at the trade deadline rather than trade him for anything.
August 05 2015 11:00AM
The 2010-11 campaign marked the end of the Darryl Sutter Era for the Calgary Flames. And as many things often do, it ended not with a bang but with a whimper. Sutter left the Flames around Christmas after a few uneven seasons of managerial decisions, handing the reins to Jay Feaster.
On the ice, the Flames continued to plod along, a team with some definite promise but failing to really live up to what many felt was its potential due to those aforementioned uneven managerial decisions.
August 04 2015 03:41PM
The hockey media is mostly occupied with Hockey Canada's Summer Showcase over at Winsport this week. I was in attendance at the Markin MacPhail Centre last night as Canada skated to a 4-1 win over a team from Russia.
Calgary Flames prospect Mason McDonald was in net, so I thought it was prudent to share my thoughts on how he played.
In short? He was fine.