April 15 2015 09:38AM
Ending the least contentious time in Calgary Flames history, the Flames have reportedly signed 2012 draft pick (and NCAA superstar) goalie Jon Gillies.
The entry-level deal is for three years, based on the CBA and Gillies' age
, and will likely kick in next season. UPDATE: Gillies has reported to the big league club, so presumably his deal has already started to run.
April 15 2015 09:00AM
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to our continuing coverage here at FlamesNation of the best time of the year, the opening round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Both we and our fine colleagues at Canucks Army will be all over the next 14 days of ice hockey between the Calgary Flames and Vancouver Canucks, and we thank you in advance for checking it out.
To be blunt, this match-up is probably the best-case scenario for both sides.
Moreso than basically any other opponent, this is a winnable series for each team. Neither team has a cut-and-dry number-one goalie, but both have a strong top line and a bunch of young stars that are emerging and improving. Calgary is also gutted with injuries right now - including missing three regular defensemen - and will have to rely on their top line and their attacking defense for goals. The big question is whether they can maintain their break-neck style of play over a seven-game series against the same opponent.
The puck drops just after 8pm MT on CBC (with Jim Hughson and Craig Simpson, with Scott Oake) and Sportsnet 960 The Fan (with Derek Wills and Peter Loubardias, with our pal Pat Steinberg).
April 15 2015 07:01AM
It's very easy to overlook Oliver Kylington based on his boxcar numbers but the resume is strong and the scouting report impressive. He arrived in the Swedish Hockey League at 16 and could be the best skating defender available at this summer's draft. Oliver Kylington is a significant talent.
April 14 2015 03:00PM
Once again, the venerable Elliotte Friedman has released his weekly 30 Thoughts column. This week's edition features Friedman's in-depth discussion of his NHL awards ballot, which he gets as a member of the PHWA.
As always: not voting for your favourite player or organization absolutely means I hate them…and you.
Elliotte is fantastic. He didn't disclose the order of most of his picks, but mostly noted which players he had present on his ballot.
April 14 2015 01:00PM
This is the first part of a two-part season review of the Adirondack Flames where I’ll let you know what went right in the team’s inaugural (and only) season.
Right off the bat, it’s important to keep in mind that just because the Baby Flames didn’t make the playoffs this season doesn’t mean it wasn’t an enormously successful year for an organization in rebuild mode. In fact, I’d argue that more went right for this team of youngsters than wrong.
Here are some of the reasons why the 2014-15 season was such a success in upstate New York: