June 14 2015 11:00AM
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The Calgary Flames had their most successful season in years in 2014-15. They made the playoffs for the first time since 2009 and won a playoff round for the first time since 2004. And all this in just the second year of the club's long-awaited rebuild.
Their reward for such a successful campaign? They get the best draft selection of any of the playoff teams, by virtue of being the club with the lowest point total to qualify for the post-season. On June 26, Flames general manager Brad Treliving will step up to the podium to select at 15th overall.
Here are the five most likely candidates to be selected by the Flames with their first round pick.
June 13 2015 10:12AM
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The Calgary Flames began a youth movement this past year, with the team's offense in the post-season being driven largely by 18-year-old Sam Bennett, 20-year-old Sean Monahan and 21-year-old Johnny Gaudreau. In addition to those talented youngsters, the Flames also saw a bunch of youngsters from their American Hockey League club in Adirondack. Some of them turned out really well. Some seemed to need more seasoning.
Here's five youngsters from the AHL ranks that are closest to making the jump to full-time NHL employment.
June 11 2015 03:00PM
Some news out of St. Louis today, as Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that the Blues will not be re-signing pending unrestricted free agent Barret Jackman.
With the Calgary Flames likely attempting to upgrade their defensive group over the summer, would the 34-year-old left-shooting Jackman be a fit in the Stampede City?
June 10 2015 04:00PM
So far this summer here at FlamesNation, we've invested a fair bit of time poking at the proverbial corpse of the Calgary Flames' 2014-15 season. As a result, now we have a bit of idea of how each regular player performed, particularly relative to their roles on the club.
After that process, it's likely prudent to take a look at the team at a glance and, perhaps, make some determinations regarding how the Flames should improve the team going forward. In particular: which players should Brad Treliving endeavour to retain, and which should be attempt to divest the team of?
June 09 2015 01:00PM
A bit of news dropped yesterday from our friends at Hockey Canada.
Calgary Flames 2014 second round pick Mason McDonald was one of several young netminders invited to Hockey Canada's summer goalie camp. If you remember, McDonald attended last year's camp and impressed Flames brass enough that he became the first netminder taken in the 2014 Draft. The Flames also hired Jordan Sigalet following that event, so they had a productive week.
The Flames have many connections with Hockey Canada, not least of all their current assistant general manager Brad Pascall, who used to run the program that produced all these fancy national teams. Based on history and Calgary's deep connections to Hockey Canada, let's take a quick look at the six draft-eligible goaltenders that will be attending this camp because there's a good chance the Flames may take one of them.
Former Flames netminder Fred Brathwaite heads the camp, which goes June 12-14 in Etobicoke, Ontario.