February 11 2014 03:03PM
For hockey fans, the Sochi Olympics really kick into high gear on Wednesday morning. While the women's tournament is already underway, the typically more-competitive (and high-profile) men's hockey tournament kicks off with a pair of games on Wednesday morning. Then it's four games per day until the weekend is over.
Here's a brief, Flames-centric look, at who's who in the 2014 Olympic men's hockey tournament.
February 11 2014 10:05AM
The 2013-14 National Hockey League season is nearing the home-stretch. Once teams return from the Olympic Break, it's off to the chaos of the trade deadline and then playoff stretch drives. When the Flames return, they won't have to worry about the "playoffs" thing, but they will have 24 more games to evaluate players and likely after the deadline, to bring in some new faces.
To reflect upon the season thus far and offer thoughts on the Olympics and other topics, here's another exciting, giant-sized installment of the Roundtable. This time, we feature myself (@RyanNPike), Kent Wilson (@Kent_Wilson), Justin Azevedo (@azevedoj), Byron Bader (@baderader), the Book of Loob (@bookofloob), Christian Roatis (@CRoatis), Taylor McKee (@TaylorMcKee_), Arik Knapp (@Arrrrik) and Vintage Flame (@Vintage_Flame). See what we think, then tell us how wrong (or right) we are in the comments!
February 10 2014 03:02PM
-via D. Mahoney
John Gaudreau, drafted in the 4th round by the Calgary Flames in 2011, has been a staple in any optimistic discussions revolving around the Flames over the past few years. Thus far, in his college career, Gaudreau has been nothing short of amazing. He put up nearly 1.5 points per game in his sophomore year and is racking up 2 points per game this year, his 3rd year with Boston College. Gaudreau’s current 2 ppg translates to a 67 NHLE and he is currently riding a 23-game point streak (he's got 48 points during that streak). Johnny clearly looks to be a special player, but just how special is he?
February 10 2014 11:45AM
It's the Olympic break! The National Hockey League is now off for a bit, with no practices for another week and no games until February 25th. The Flames don't play another game until February 27th. But there's a lot of hockey going on, as the college and junior seasons are heading towards the playoffs!
February 10 2014 07:00AM
Via the WHL
The health of Calgary's prospect system is not to be questioned - with 12 prospects generating an NHLE of 25 or higher, things do look quite bright in terms of depth. Overall, the system still lacks an elite forward and an elite defensive prospect, but things are better than they have been in, well, decades.