April 16 2016 11:00PM
While the hockey world was enthralled by the battle between the Los Angeles Kings and the San Jose Sharks tonight, a couple tweets from Sportsnet analyst Elliotte Friedman likely perked up Calgary Flames fans waiting patiently for any kind of good news.
No comment from CAL, but word is Flames will sign Czech F Daniel Pribyl after that league's playoffs.— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) April 17, 2016
Pribyl was a 2011 MON draft pick, but did not sign. He had 45 PTS in 45 GP during season, 11 PTS in 9 playoff games before injury.— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) April 17, 2016
April 16 2016 08:00AM
When the Flames acquired Dougie Hamilton, they were almost immediately thought to have one of the top defences in the NHL. Adding a 22-year-old top four defenceman to a team that already had Mark Giordano and T.J. Brodie on the top pairing? That was nuts.
And while things got off to a rocky start, eventually, all three players rounded into form. (Well, Brodie didn't need any time to round into form; his only failing was not being healthy.) Their team didn't do so well - but when you compare the Flames' top three to the rest throughout the NHL, well.
Turns out they're actually a pretty formidable group.
April 15 2016 02:00PM
A great deal of the discussion of the 2015-16 Calgary Flames season has involved mention of injuries. In particular, the impact of T.J. Brodie's nine-game absence to open the season has been pointed to as something that really derailed the Flames from the get-go.
We dug through the game-sheets and put together a rundown of all of the Flames injuries this season to show just how big an impact injuries had on the Flames this season.
April 15 2016 11:00AM
I was lucky enough to be in Minnesota in the summer of 2011, covering the NHL entry draft for the Nations. I was with now-retired contributor Robert Cleave somewhere deep in the Xcel Center concourse when Johnny Gaudreau was drafted by the Calgary Flames. We were looking for a power outlet to recharge our laptops and figured the important work had been done by the team already anyways.
Man were we wrong.
April 15 2016 08:00AM
Since our last report card, Turner Elson, Oliver Kylington, and Patrick Sieloff made their NHL debuts. And... that's it. The Flames played their final game of the season, cleaned out their lockers, and now we're left waiting for the draft lottery.
So in celebration (if you want to call it that) of the season, let's have one last report card.
Featured in this one is every single one of the 40 players who donned a Calgary Flames jersey this season, as well as key architects in the team's performance, Bob Hartley and Brad Treliving. Players who got traded? On the list. Guys currently in Stockton? On the list. Injured fellows still rehabbing? On the list.
Feel free to grade, judge, and rank everyone below as you see fit over the course of the entire season. Have fun - and if you have any ideas for future report cards over the course of the off-season, drop a suggestion in the comments!