May 26 2015 01:00PM
In all my haste to get Calgary's, um, worst players out of the way, I somehow skipped over one of their major success stories - the NHL's 7th-leading scorer, Jiri Hudler.
Hudler joined the Flames as a free agent, signing a long-term deal just before the 2012-13 lockout began. His 2012-13 season was thus, truncated, and unfortunately punctuated with the death of his father. Long story short, much like his coach (Bob Hartley), Hudler probably would've liked a mulligan on the entire 2012-13 campaign.
He seemed to get his legs under him last season, and he was really, really good in spurts this season.
May 25 2015 03:00PM
This breakdown isn't going to be particularly long.
Brandon Bollig is what he is. He's a fourth line winger. He has size. He occasionally scores goals. He occasionally fights. He doesn't play a heck of a lot.
May 25 2015 09:00AM
On this date in 1989, the Calgary Flames joined an elite group!
By virtue of their 4-2 win in Game 6 of the 1989 Stanley Cup Final, the Flames captured their first - and so far, only - Stanley Cup.
May 24 2015 01:00PM
Last season, Sean Monahan introduced himself to the National Hockey League. He was a perfectly adequate center, as long as he was sheltered with lots of offensive zone starts, minutes against other team's lesser lights, and some good line-mates. He scored many goals, and had a sky-high shooting percentage.
This season? He was thrust into the spotlight as the Flames lost Mikael Backlund and Matt Stajan to injuries right after the season began. In the second year of his entry-level contract, just around his 20th birthday, he became Calgary's de facto #1 center.
And he didn't look terribly out of place.
May 24 2015 11:00AM
One of the coolest things about covering the Calgary Flames is that it's a team with a sense of history.
When you wander into the Saddledome and amble past the Flames locker room, they have a giant wall with a picture of the 1989 Stanley Cup team and listing the names of not only that championship team, but everybody who has ever been honoured by the NHL while playing for the Flames - even dating back to the Atlanta version of the team.
The team's history is what leads to the return of the Sunday open thread: What number will be honoured next by the Calgary Flames?