August 06 2014 09:18AM
Whoa there big boy, it's not what you think. This isn't a charity auction where a donation of $1000 will net you a night on the town with Bryce Van Brabant. Although, if you were so inclined, and made the cheque out to cash...
No. I made a promise. No more trafficking in professional athletes.
So, back to the theme of this article.
History is filled with dates. 1099 C.E. – the capture of Jerusalem by the armies of the First Crusade. 1066 C.E. – Norman conquest of England by William the Conqueror. 312 C.E. – Battle of the Milvian Bridge. 1453 C.E. – the fall of Constantinople to the armies of Sultan Mehmet II. 399 B.C.E – the Death of Socrates. 1274 B.C.E – Ramses II fights the Battle of Kadesh against the Hittite Empire.
August 05 2014 08:30AM
It's time to start talking about a TJ Brodie extension. The longer the team waits, the more expensive he will become.
Last summer I argued that the Flames should sign then RFA TJ Brodie to a long-term deal rather than the bridge contract they settled on. The reasoning was that Brodie was trending up substantially and projected to be an important - and potentially expensive - part of the Flames future. The argument against this suggestion was that it was too risky to commit long-term dollars to a relatively untested commodity.
August 04 2014 10:21AM
It's August, so that means two things: World Junior and World Under-18 camps are underway, and major-junior teams will soon be able to hold camps and make roster moves.
The first "thing" is cool because Sam Bennett and Morgan Klimchuk are vying for spots on Team Canada's entry at the World Juniors this Christmas in Toronto and Montreal. (Yay home-ice advantage!) The second is important because the Flames may have to make some quick decisions on some 20-year-olds depending on what happens with their junior teams.
August 02 2014 10:06AM
It's no secret the Flames suddenly have a lot of kids knocking on the door. In addition to established guys like Max Reinhart, Markus Granlund, Sven Baertschi, Corban Knight, Ben Hanowski, Michael Ferland and Tyler Wotherspoon, the organization is going to add Johnny Gaudreau, Bill Arnold, David Wolf, Emile Poirier, Brett Kulak, Ryan Culkin, Pat Sieloff and Kenny Agostino to the mix full time this year. Sam Bennett is a possibility as well, but for now we'll assume the team is going to send him back to junior.
August 01 2014 08:45AM
With Mark Cundari and Joe Colborne signed last week, forward Lance Bouma is Calgary's last remaining off-season loose end. The 24-year-old forward is a restricted free agent, and arguably of all of Calgary's RFAs has the best case for a raise based on how well he played last season.
In the interest of shining a light on why #17 hasn't yet re-signed, here's a brief look at what the Calgary Flames, and what Bouma's representatives, probably think he's worth.