October 15 2015 04:00PM
Following the announcement of Lance Bouma's unfortunate injury yesterday, as well as preparing for the beginning of the ECHL's season this weekend, the Calgary Flames organization made a few moves and announcements over the last couple days.
In the interest of clarity, here's what we know right now, all in one spot. To spoil it a bit: while things are relatively calm organizationally right now, there might be a flurry of movement in November as players return from injury and a bunch of dominoes fall.
October 15 2015 12:00PM
Last season, Calgary Flames head coach Bob Hartley joked that due to the team's lack of previous success, the hockey world threw rocks at them, and as they enjoyed more success, they began to throw flowers. The annual ranking of North American pro franchises by ESPN ("the Ultimate Standings") represents another bouquet of flowers.
A year after being ranked 89th out of 122 franchises, the Flames have made a leap to the 56th spot on the rankings.
October 15 2015 09:00AM
We got some awful news yesterday, Flames fans.
Lance Bouma broke his fibula, and so everyone's dreams of Top Six Forward Lance Bouma are now but a memory, at least until January-ish. But that also means that Bob Hartley is being forced to shuffle the deck a bit.
And shuffle the deck he has, with the apparent return of Top Six Forward Mikael Backlund!
#Flames lines in practice Gaudreau-Monahan-Hudler Bennett-Backlund-Ferland Jones-Stajan-Frolik Raymond-Jooris-Bollig— Randy Sportak (@SUNRandySportak) October 14, 2015
October 14 2015 05:13PM
Fresh off a three-point night in the first game ever for the Stockton Heat, Markus Granlund is headed back to the National Hockey League. The Finnish-born center was recalled today by the Calgary Flames, taking the roster spot of the injured Lance Bouma.
October 14 2015 03:00PM
With a couple days between games and finally some Stockton Heat action to talk about, now seems like a pretty smart time to revisit our summer Top 20 Prospects rankings. We'll do this periodically throughout the season, but hopefully this shows which players are performing better-than-expected, which players are disappointing, and which cases that our rankings are just completely out to lunch.
Case in point: there are six defensemen ranked ahead of Brett Kulak, who is currently in the NHL. Granted, one of them is hurt (Ryan Culkin) and two of them aren't pros yet (Brandon Hickey and Rasmus Andersson), but it doesn't look too good for our rankings sometimes.
Full update after the jump!