August 21 2014 11:30AM
1. That's it for forwards
Over the last three weeks I've looked at 12 forwards who I thought had a borderline chance to spend a decent amount of time with Calgary this season and found that there was actually a pretty healthy mix of guys I thought had a chance to stick around longer than that. It's something I wasn't really expecting when I embarked on this project, though perhaps that means I'm higher on the prospects this team has than its veterans, and I'm not sure I can be faulted for that.
August 14 2014 08:30AM
1. Picking up again
So I've now looked at eight different prospects and borderline NHLers the Flames could use this season and largely concluded that only three or four of them (Sven Baertschi, Johnny Gaudreau, and Ben Hanowski are all probables, while I rank Markus Granlund as a call-up simply because of the NHL club's center depth) are really going to get a serious shot in the coming season. That's not a bad average, either half or a little less than two-fifths.
August 07 2014 08:30AM
1. Moving on
Last week I looked at the chances for Kenny Agostino, Billy Arnold, Sven Baertschi, and Sam Bennett to make the big club for at least a semi-permanent gig next season. In general, those four guys seemed unlikely to do it, with the sole exception of Baertschi, who I think at least gets a shot to prove he still can't hack it.
And with that we move onto the second group of forwards who might have a chance to make the Flames. Because I apparently neglected to mention this before, I've come up with a list of 12 forward prospects who might be in the best position to get into the lineup, as well as four defensemen. They are being presented in alphabetical order (because you see, I don't think the guys whose last names happen to start with A and B are also the most likely to make the team).
July 31 2014 08:30AM
1. Lots of decisions to come
The good thing about the Flames, almost regardless of how you choose to look at it, is that there's now, finally, a lot of youth on the team that used to be so typified by its players being in their late-20s and 30s. What that means in the long run is that the team has a chance to build some success for down the road and will likely have a number of affordable and potentially good players under contract for a number of years.
July 24 2014 08:43AM
1. The Glencross news
As of Monday, everyone on the team save for a few guys has received a new contract, thanks to Joe Colborne getting what appears to be a fairly reasonable two-year deal with a cap hit of $1.275 million. That's all well and good. Bouma shouldn't be too hard to re-sign either, and something in the same neighborhood as Colborne's deal doesn't seem too far off. Maybe an even $1 million. Neither Mark Cundari nor Joni Ortio strike one as being too difficult to lock down for a year or two either. Doesn't really matter.