REASONABLE EXPECTATIONS: MARK GIORDANO

Byron Bader
August 22 2014 08:30AM


Mark Giordano was one of the Flames very best players in the 2013-14 season, putting up a Norris caliber season despite getting little recognition for what he did this past season.  Gio is unlikely to replicate what he did last season but there's little doubt he will be one of the Flames' best players in the 2014-15 season.

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
August 22 2014 08:05AM



The NHL changes the draft lottery, Bertuzzi-Moore 10 years later, a Gino Odjick tale, truculence in Calgary, bye bye Tyler Bozak, and more in this week's Roundup

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Hayes Chooses Rangers Over Reunion

Steve Macfarlane
August 21 2014 01:30PM

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No Kevin Hayes for the Calgary Flames? How could this have happened? How did the team get beat out by the New York Rangers on Wednesday for the services of the big right-winger whose standout Boston College linemates are already part of the organization?

It seemed like a no-brainer, right? With two-thirds of the top line in the NCAA ranks last season making its debut in the Flames’ season finale in Vancouver, where Johnny Gaudreau and Bill Arnold suited up for the Flames days after their championship hopes ended at the Frozen Four in the spring, it made sense to believe the hype that Hayes would seriously consider a reunion when the inevitable happened and he became an unrestricted free agent by rejecting the Chicago Blackhawks’ last contract offer.

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Five things: Who's gonna make it, part 4

Ryan Lambert
August 21 2014 11:30AM

1. That's it for forwards

Over the last three weeks I've looked at 12 forwards who I thought had a borderline chance to spend a decent amount of time with Calgary this season and found that there was actually a pretty healthy mix of guys I thought had a chance to stick around longer than that. It's something I wasn't really expecting when I embarked on this project, though perhaps that means I'm higher on the prospects this team has than its veterans, and I'm not sure I can be faulted for that.

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Reasonable Expectations: T.J. Brodie

Ryan Pike
August 21 2014 08:30AM

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Three years ago, T.J. Brodie was a curious tale.

Calgary's fourth round selection in 2008 - taken after the club had already selected Greg Nemisz, Mitch Wahl, Lance Bouma and Nick Larson - Brodie turned pro in 2010-11 and quietly (and rapidly) crept up the team's internal rankings. Now he's just 24 years old and already the team's best non-Giordano defenseman. And Giordano's nearly 31 years old and near his career peak, while Brodie still has plenty of room to grow.

But how much growth should we expect from #7 in 2014-15?

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