June 20 2014 08:34AM
Over the weekend, the Alaska Aces - Calgary's ECHL affiliate - won their league championship, the Kelly Cup. The triumph was likely especially sweet for a pair of Flames properties who had seemingly fallen off the proverbial radar - forward Turner Elson and defenseman John Ramage.
Elson was arguably the star of development camp last year, but played just 37 games in a depth role with the Abbotsford Heat. He split February between Abbotsford and Alaska before getting sent down for good at the end of the month. Ramage impressed many in training camp and arguably looked the most pro-ready of the three first-year blueliners (the others were Patrick Sieloff and Tyler Wotherspoon). But Ramage couldn't find his footing in the AHL and was sent down to the Aces in mid-March.
To delve into what happened with the Aces' playoff run and how Elson and Ramage fared, I chatted with the play-by-play voice of the Alaska Aces, Mike Benson, last week. We had a lengthy conversation, so here's some selected quotes regarding the play of Calgary's two key prospects with Alaska.
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.