June 19 2014 01:00PM
Markus Granlund is a unicorn-like rarity in the Calgary Flames system historically. No, not a younger brother of an emerging NHL star (hey Valeri Bure). No, he's a second round pick. And after spending time with his club team, HIFK Helsinki, for a few years, he made his arrival in North America and made a splash.
Granlund comes in at #4 on our 2014 Flames 15.
June 19 2014 10:29AM
1. The Spezza situation
Was fairly glad to see Brad Treliving come out and say the rumored package the Flames allegedly offered to Ottawa for Jason Spezza — Jiri Hudler, Dennis Wideman, Mikael Backlund, and a first-round pick — was a bunch of hogwash. Any reasonable person probably saw that as the case anyway.
June 18 2014 08:00AM
The Calgary Flames made a minor move this week, reportedly parting ways with goalie coach Clint Malarchuk.
#Flames have decided to not renew the contract of goalie coach Clint Malarchuk.— Scott Cruickshank (@CruickshankCH) June 18, 2014
June 17 2014 01:00PM
Via the NHL
Like a couple of other prospects in the Flames' stable, QMJHL dynamo Émile Poirier's biggest asset is his speed - and holy cow can this kid burn. Like Kenny Agostino, Poirier's main draw is those fast feet. Unlike Kenny Agostino, though, Poirier's offensive ceiling seems to be pretty freaking high.
2013's second first rounder (22nd overall) comes in at 5th in his first appearance on the Flames Fifteen.
June 17 2014 09:20AM
Jon Gillies makes his second appearance in the Flames top-10 prospects list (9th last year), a rarity for goalies since they are extremely difficult to predict. Projecting puckstoppers is mostly voodoo, even for the pros, to the degree that NHL starters are usually randomly scattered through the draft (or signed as free agents from other leagues). That is why I am staunchly opposed to using a top-60 pick on a goalie in any given draft, or paying anyone outside of, say, Henrik Lundqvist (drafted in the 7th round) big, long-term dollars. It's also why I typically discount most goaltending prospects until they've managed to do something noteworthy as a pro.