August 29 2015 02:30PM
An upside to having so many forwards? You know competition will be intense, and those who make the starting lineup will have truly earned their spots. A downside? There's very, very little room for prospects to be able to make it, and prove they deserve a spot of their own.
On the one hand, it's a good thing: you know you aren't letting anybody undeserving or not ready into your lineup. On the other hand, it's a bad thing: it makes it all the more difficult to fulfill the mantra of "always earned, never given", as Josh Jooris found out last season.
Jooris earned a roster spot out of training camp, but was cut, and only got to make the NHL when another forward was injured. By the time enough players had returned to sufficient health, Jooris had established himself in the lineup, and finally, others were cut to make room for him.
Who are the forward prospects - those who have yet to establish themselves as NHLers - to keep an eye on this season?
August 29 2015 11:00AM
In the wake of the CalgaryNext and Giordano contract announcements, we decided to rouse the FN mailbag feature from its off-season hibernation.
Ironically, nobody asked any questions about the arena project, so most of today's inquires tackle Calgary's blueline and contract situation moving forward.
August 28 2015 03:00PM
The tenth player on FlamesNation's All-Time Flames Team is no big surprise.
A Hockey Hall of Fame inductee and probably the best centerman in Calgary Flames history, Joe Nieuwendyk had a name that was hard to spell and relatively easy to pronounce. He also had a playing style that was easy to love but difficult to emulate - just ask Joe Colborne.
August 28 2015 12:00PM
The centerpiece of the proposed funding package for the CalgaryNEXT project is a $240 million Community Revitalization Levy, aimed at transforming the West Village from a bunch of under-used land beside the river into a full-fledged community.
Of course, nobody really knows much about Community Revitalization Levies other than they've been used in the East Village. So I did a bit of digging, and here's what I figured out.
August 28 2015 09:00AM
Finishing just a tad outside the top five in this year's listing of the Calgary Flames top prospects - as rated by the FlamesNation crew - is defenseman Rasmus Andersson.
The first player selected by the Flames in the 2015 NHL Draft seems tailor-made for the team's needs. He's a Swedish import who had a good first season in the Ontario Hockey League, and could find himself representing Sweden at Christmas' World Junior Championship.