October 21 2015 05:00PM
The run-up to the World Junior Hockey Championships are always a time filled with excitement and intrigue. Two Calgary Flames prospects will be part of that run-up, as they have been named to one of the three Canadian Hockey League teams that will face off against an under-20 team from Russian next month as part of the annual CHL Canada-Russia Series.
2015 pick Andrew Mangiapane will play for the Ontario Hockey League team on November 12 in Owen Sound. 2014 pick Mason McDonald will dress as a netminder for the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League team on November 17 in Rouyn-Noranda and November 19 in Halifax, though he'll probably only play in one of those games.
Traditionally, the Canada-Russia series is used to help select players to attend Hockey Canada's selection camp in early December.
October 21 2015 03:00PM
Earlier today, Mark Spector mused on the Sportsnet site about the possibility of the Calgary Flames making a trade to shake things up after their tepid 1-5-0 start to the season.
He even posited some players that Brad Treliving could possibly dangle to trigger a trade, naming Dennis Wideman, Kris Russell, Jiri Hudler and Mason Raymond as possible bait. I'm not sure that most of those players could be moved, though.
Here are the five Flames assets that we think could be headed elsewhere.
October 21 2015 12:00PM
Another week has flown by and we've seen a lot of hockey. Admittedly, some of it has been bad - much of the bad being played by the National Hockey League team in the Calgary Flames organization.
But there are some players in the Flames organization playing quite well right now. So let's talk about them for a bit to brighten this place up amidst all the doom and gloom of a 1-5-0 Flames start.
October 21 2015 09:00AM
It's become a truism that history is written by the victors. When you consider that during the rollicking 1980s and early 1990s the Edmonton Oilers won five Stanley Cups and beat the Calgary Flames in four of five head-to-head playoff meetings, it's actually quite appropriate that the definitive history of the Battle of Alberta is written by a guy from Edmonton that came up as a sportswriter via covering the Oilers of that era.
Mark Spector's new book, the aptly-titled Battle of Alberta, is exactly what you would hope for in a book about hockey's best non-Original Six rivalry.
October 20 2015 11:05PM
The Calgary Flames came into the sixth game of the season, tonight's contest with the visiting Washington Capitals, probably thinking one thing: At least it couldn't get much worse. They had been embarrassed on Saturday by their rival, the Edmonton Oilers. They had been poor in most of their games and had yet to play a sixty minute game of ice hockey. There's no way they could sink further.
Well, then tonight happened.
After a perfectly fine first period - sullied somewhat by a Dennis Wideman turnover leading to a goal - the Flames saw Karri Ramo let in a bad goal at the hands of Alex Ovechkin 30 seconds into the second. After that? The team collapsed in on themselves (defensively) like a dying star and lost a one-sided 6-2 game.
The 1-5-0 start is the worst by the Flames after six games in franchise history.