September 04 2015 09:00AM
The identity of the Calgary Flames' top prospect probably isn't too surprising. Outside of Johnny Gaudreau, who was a finalist for the Calder Memorial Trophy last season and is thus not eligible for these rankings, I cannot think of a more exciting player in the organization right now than Sam Bennett.
It takes a special type of player to nearly make an NHL team with a bum shoulder, to undergo surgery on that shoulder in October, briefly dominate the OHL coming in cold in mid-season, and then contribute to a fairly successful NHL playoff run.
But hey, Sam Bennett is a special hockey player. By a unanimous selection of the FlamesNation writing staff, he's the Calgary Flames' top prospect.
September 03 2015 03:00PM
The resurgence of the Calgary Flames has been, in part, due to the ability of their defensive group to generate offense. And if you look at the history of the team, arguably the best Flames teams have been anchored by offense-generating blueliners.
So it probably shouldn't shock you that the latest member of the All-Time Flames Team is one of the team's best offensive-generating blueliners, Paul Reinhart. While he's probably best known these days for fathering three pretty decent hockey players, he was Dennis Wideman before Wideman was - a guy that was at his best in the offensive end, generating chances off the rush. On the All-Time Team, he'd be the power-play specialist - or the guy you'd throw out when the team was down a goal or two and you needed to generate a comeback.
September 03 2015 12:00PM
We've discussed a lot of different aspects of the CalgaryNEXT development around these parts lately, and today I want to discuss something that's been bothering me a little bit.
The Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation are asking for a fair amount of public money to build their arena. To actually get into the building to watch professional sporting event in the new building, such as a Calgary Flames game, people will have to pay again through buying a ticket.
Scarcity economics is what's bothering me in regards to event costs.
September 03 2015 09:00AM
When I was a young boy, the Calgary Flames seemed to have a very particular idea of what a goaltender should be. They jettisoned Mike Vernon, a perfectly fine but physically tiny older goaltender, in favour of a young, tall man named Trevor Kidd.
Trevor Kidd never really worked out. He was an excellent junior goaltender, winning awards and medals and championships. He just couldn't bring it together as a professional.
Now the Flames have another tall goaltender with some impressive amateur pedigree. Per the annual ranking by FlamesNation's writing staff, the Calgary Flames' second-best prospect is Jon Gillies.
September 02 2015 12:00PM
This was an exciting summer to be following the Calgary Flames.
General manager Brad Treliving made a big swing at the NHL Draft, acquiring Dougie Hamilton from the Boston Bruins for a few draft picks. Fan excitement was high, as was anticipation from media types regarding just how much of an impact Hamilton could have on a pretty talented young Flames team.
With an eye towards exploring just how much Hamilton can impact the Flames in 2015-16, let's dig into the possible pairings for the next season.