August 06 2015 01:30PM
The Calgary Flames have had a fine summer. It's been a long time since the org made so many solid, potentially organization altering acquisitions in such a short span. The only roughly equivalent period I can recall is when pre-madness Darryl Sutter grabbed Miikka Kiprusoff, Daymond Langkow and Kristian Huselius in rough succession. Of course, those additions were spread over a couple of years rather than just a few days (thanks in part to the lock-out).
The Flames still need to improve, but the rebuild likely took a big jump forward with the acquisitions of Dougie Hamilton and Michael Frolik. While there are a few potential moves left, like signing maybe David Schlemko, Brad Treliving's big test now is less addition and more subtraction.
In fact, every area of the roster could use some fat trimming.
August 06 2015 11:00AM
The careers of hockey executives and the lives of hockey teams are often boiled down to sound-bites and quotes that define them. For the 2011-12 Calgary Flames, the season boils down to a pair of statements, and I'm paraphrasing here.
- "This team deserves a chance to win." - Jay Feaster, on why he didn't blow up the team at the 2012 trade deadline.
- "Mark Jankowski will be the best player in the draft in 10 years." - both John Weisbrod and Jay Feaster on their decision to go off the board at 21st overall (after trading down from 14th overall) at the 2012 Draft.
This was that season, where the Flames just barely missed the playoffs, Brent Sutter rode off into the sunset, and Jay Feaster re-signed Tim Jackman at the trade deadline rather than trade him for anything.
August 05 2015 11:00AM
The 2010-11 campaign marked the end of the Darryl Sutter Era for the Calgary Flames. And as many things often do, it ended not with a bang but with a whimper. Sutter left the Flames around Christmas after a few uneven seasons of managerial decisions, handing the reins to Jay Feaster.
On the ice, the Flames continued to plod along, a team with some definite promise but failing to really live up to what many felt was its potential due to those aforementioned uneven managerial decisions.
August 04 2015 03:41PM
The hockey media is mostly occupied with Hockey Canada's Summer Showcase over at Winsport this week. I was in attendance at the Markin MacPhail Centre last night as Canada skated to a 4-1 win over a team from Russia.
Calgary Flames prospect Mason McDonald was in net, so I thought it was prudent to share my thoughts on how he played.
In short? He was fine.
August 04 2015 11:00AM
Brent Sutter took over as head coach of the Calgary Flames in the 2009-10 season. He inherited largely the same veteran-laden roster that Mike Keenan led to a pair of impressive regular seasons (and disappointing playoffs).
Unfortunately two things happened in 2009-10. The Flames missed the playoffs for the first time since 2002-03, and general manager Darryl Sutter went into full-blown panic mode as the Flames sputtered down the stretch.