October 03 2016 08:00AM
Lance Bouma had a bad season. That much is indisputable. It wasn't entirely his fault, though; multiple freak injuries wiped out nearly half of it. When he was able to play, he only averaged 12:02 a game, his lowest totals since his rookie season. He scored two goals, one of which was an empty netter, and had seven points total.
It wasn't a great year by any standards, but just how bad it was got compounded by it being the first year of Bouma's three-year, $2.2 million annual average value deal. Regardless of external factors that kept Bouma from succeeding - of which injuries were definitely a part - seven points from a player with a cap hit north of $2 million just isn't good enough.
Bouma needs to be better this season, everyone can probably agree on that. So what counts as a successful season for him?
October 02 2016 09:58PM
The preseason does not matter. Games are won and lost, but ultimately all that matters is that the games can be used to evaluate players, systems and tactics as National Hockey League clubs prepare for the regular season.
After a game like we saw at the Scotiabank Saddledome between the Calgary Flames and the visiting Winnipeg Jets, the home side is probably very happy that the preseason does not matter. The Flames didn't get any bounces in the first period and then were out-played in the second period en route to a 4-0 defeat at the hands of the Jets on Sunday evening.
October 02 2016 03:00PM
In advance of tonight's game against the Winnipeg Jets (and other roster moves expected afterwards), the Calgary Flames have reduced their training camp roster by eight bodies.
None are particularly shocking cuts.
Headed to the American Hockey League's Stockton Heat are defensemen Rasmus Andersson and Roman Dyukov, and forwards Hunter Smith, Andrew Mangiapane, Ryan Lomberg and Austin Carroll. Headed back to the Ontario Hockey League's London Knights is goalie Tyler Parsons. Headed elsewhere is forward Luke Adam, who has been released from his professional tryout agreement.
The moves leave the Flames with 41 bodies in camp: four goalies, 15 defensemen and 22 forwards. More moves are expected later tonight or early tomorrow as Flames head coach Glen Gulutzan tries to get the roster down to a manageable number somewhere in the high 20s.
October 02 2016 12:49PM
After no news on the Johnny Gaudreau front for the last little while, Sunday morning saw a few interesting morsels emerge – primarily through an interesting piece from Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman. Friedman quoted Gaudreau's agent, Lewis Gross, and revealed that despite the lack of a contract Gaudreau has no desire to leave Calgary.
“We have no intention of asking for a trade at this time,” he replied. “He wants to stay in Calgary.”
October 02 2016 12:00PM
As of this morning, the Calgary Flames have 49 players in their training camp. When the sun rises tomorrow, it's likely they'll have fewer than that.
Stockton's training camp begins on Monday and Flames head coach Glen Gulutzan has stated there will be big, big cuts happening after tonight's game between the Flames and the Winnipeg Jets. That means the stakes are high for anybody that hasn't cemented themselves as an NHL regular, and that the last two preseason games will see the Flames ice mostly NHL players and begin to fine-tune systems and tactics as they prepare for opening night on October 12. Players that hope to be wearing a Flames sweater on that date will need to either continue their strong play...or figure themselves out quickly, lest they wake up tomorrow in Stockton.
Tonight's festivities kick off at 7pm MT on Sportsnet 960 The Fan and TSN3 (which will carry the Jets broadcast, if you get that channel).