January 03 2017 02:00PM
The Calgary Flames have 22 healthy bodies on their roster right now, following the injury to winger Troy Brouwer last week. They've shown a reluctance to recall a player from the American Hockey League's Stockton Heat, likely in part because the Heat are doing so well that it would be a shame to pluck a youngster from that environment.
However, it seems that the waiver wire could be a fantastic place for the Flames to obtain some short-term depth. The St. Louis Blues have placed forward Ty Rattie on waivers and the Flames would be very wise to put in a claim.
January 03 2017 10:00AM
In case you haven't had your full dose of prospect content these past few weeks, here's a bit more.
January 03 2017 08:00AM
Part of being successful at international hockey simply comes down to luck.
Which country were you born in? Which countries are you eligible to play for? That's going to go a long way towards determining your success.
Take, for example, Nico Hischier. Phenomenal young player, likely with a very high draft spot a very bright future ahead of him. He gave the Americans fits in a game virtually everyone would have predicted them to win. But he's Swiss, his team doesn't have anywhere near as many players as capable as other teams do, and so, his chances of winning much internationally are pretty low.
As gimmicky as it was, that was the entire philosophy behind having a Team Europe at the World Cup of Hockey. Anze Kopitar and Mats Zuccarello are two amazing players, but the chances Slovenia or Norway ever actually wins anything...
So there's a certain level of luck that goes into this. Pavel Karnaukhov was eligible to represent both Belarus and Russia internationally; where is Belarus? He went with Russia. And so.
The five Flames prospects at this tournament play for Canada, the United States, Sweden, and Russia. Those are the final four teams of the 2017 World Juniors, and so, all five Flames prospects have advanced. All will play for a medal. At least three of them will win one.
January 02 2017 03:35PM
After losing to the Americans on New Year's Eve, Canada will be facing off against the Czech Republic in the quarterfinals.
January 02 2017 03:30PM
In the 1980s the Calgary Flames were a powerhouse. Driven by their desire to beat the Edmonton Oilers and win some post-season hardware, they eventually toppled their northern rivals and made two trips to the Stanley Cup Final.
The 1990s weren't nearly as kind to the Flames. Some of their troubles were due to the NHL's economics, with the declining Canadian dollar leading to a rather drastic sell-off of talent as the decade progressed. But easily the biggest setback to the organization's fortunes was self-inflicted.
Twenty-five years ago today, the Flames made one of the worst trades in the history of the National Hockey League when they traded away Doug Gilmour.