November 19 2015 04:00PM
The hockey world began buzzing yesterday, as news broke that New York Islanders defenseman - and Manitoba native - Travis Hamonic requested a trade prior to the season. And due to personal reasons, he'd like to head closer to home in Western Canada.
Right away, Flames fans were salivating at the prospect of their beloved hockey club further adding young talent to their defensive group. But is adding Travis Hamonic a realistic thing to hope for? Let us delve into what the Islanders might want and what the Flames would be willing to give up.
November 19 2015 12:00PM
The Calgary Flames have a good number of prospects that aren't presently playing professional hockey in North America. Following the lead of our friends/enemies over at Canucks Army, we thought it was prudent to provide a statistical update on some of the Flames young prospects.
Included in this update is each player's NHLe, or NHL equivalency, a metric that converts their points-per-game production in their non-NHL league into an estimate of how that player would produce in the NHL (based upon past production from players from that league who've made the jump). Obviously some players drastically under-shoot their NHLe, while guys like Johnny Gaudreau somehow blow it out of the water.
For what it's worth, Gaudreau's NHLe in his final, Hobey Baker-winning college season was 54. Generally-speaking, NHLe figures of 30+ are pretty good; based on the conversion rates from league-to-league, at that point you're getting players that are performing well in their league and out-performing most of their peer group.
November 19 2015 09:00AM
The NHL's All-Star format is changing once again. Whereas the past few years we've had the pure concentrated delight that is star players drafting one another for real-life fantasy teams, now, we have three-on-three tournaments.
As Flames fans, we're well accustomed to the three-on-three format by now. Not only have the Flames ended up in overtime in five of their 20 games so far this season, but it's where four of their wins have come from. They have yet to lose when playing three-on-three.
Three-on-three overtime is awesome, and on Jan. 31, 2016, we'll get to see the best players in the sport playing it. Which should be pure chaos, pure hell for all goalies involved, and pretty dang awesome.
But how many Flames will we get to cheer for?
November 18 2015 03:50PM
Travis Hamonic is a 25-year-old right-shooting defenceman who already has 342 NHL games under his belt. Selected 53rd overall by the New York Islanders, he's found a home there - a home he apparently wants out of, for undisclosed personal reasons.
And he wants to go to western Canada.
Hey, Calgary is in western Canada!
November 18 2015 02:00PM
A lot of the complaints about the Flames this year have involved the amount of "dead weight" on the roster. This refers to players on large contracts who aren't contributing enough to justify their continued presence in the lineup, let alone their cap hits (think: Brandon Bollig, Mason Raymond, Ladislav Smid, etc).
Aside from the impending UFA's like Jiri Hudler, David Jones, and Kris Russell, the Flames have some interesting decisions to make on a couple of their more middling forwards as well. Both Josh Jooris and Joe Colborne are 25 years old and Restricted Free Agents at the end of this season and, if things don't turn around for the Flames quickly, might the Flames consider moving one or both of them if a team comes calling at some point this season? What would you do?