May 13 2015 09:00AM
The off-season is now upon us!
In the interest of creating a nice, simple clearing-house of information as we leap head-long into analysis, predictions and good old-fashioned prognosticating, here's a gentle summary of where the Calgary Flames sit right now in terms of contract numbers, free agency and cap space!
May 13 2015 12:07AM
Calgary Flames head coach Bob Hartley and general manager Brad Treliving held court with the media this afternoon at the Scotiabank Saddledome, as the capper to the annual garbage bag day festivities.
Here's what the take-aways were from their (lengthy) pow-wow:
May 12 2015 01:00PM
It's garbage bag day down at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Players and media are chatting to reflect on the team's past and its future. Around here, our thoughts are already drifting from the impressive season the Flames have put together towards the near future and the 2015 NHL Draft in late June.
To be blunt, the Calgary Flames have amassed a metric ton of picks for the Draft.
May 12 2015 11:00AM
Jonas Hiller joined the Calgary Flames as a free agent in the off-season. He had been cast off by the Anaheim Ducks in favour of youngsters like John Gibson and Frederik Andersen. He was pretty motivated to perform well in Calgary.
Overall, you could say he did pretty well.
From year two of the rebuild to the second round of the playoffs: Recapping and eulogizing the 2014-15 Calgary Flames
May 11 2015 01:00PM
From Paul Byron to Johnny Gaudreau. In a year where there was so much concern over size, Byron opened the Flames' scoring, and Gaudreau closed it.
From Jonas Hiller to Karri Ramo. With no 70+ game starter since Miikka Kiprusoff, Hiller made the first save of the season, and Ramo the last in mad scramble.
From Johnny Gaudreau's natural hat trick putting a sharp end to the Flames' eight-game losing streak and giving them a happy holidays to Mark Giordano's torn bicep just before the trade deadline.
From league average goaltending alone netting extra wins to league high shooting percentage taking care of much of the rest. From being wildly out-possessed to the discovery of previously unthought of depth players, still in just their rookie years.
From the second year of a rebuild to a victory in the second round of the playoffs: the former, long delayed; the latter, achieved after 11 years.
From defying the odds to finally succumbing to them, but not without a lot of clawing, scrabbling, and vicious fighting along the way.