Gaudreau Named NHL's Rookie Of The Month

Ryan Pike
April 01 2015 12:13PM

For the second time this season, Calgary Flames freshman Johnny Gaudreau has received monthly honours from the league. The NHL announced today, via press release, that Gaudreau has been named March's NHL Rookie of the Month.

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Prospects Klimchuk, McDonald Injured

Ryan Pike
April 01 2015 11:00AM

While the big club is vying for a playoff berth, a few of the Calgary Flames' top prospects are presently in the post-season of their various leagues.

That's the good news. The bad news is that two of them are presently injured, coincidentally both becoming injured in Game 3 of their particular playoff series. Both Morgan Klimchuk of the Brandon Wheat Kings and Mason McDonald of the Charlottetown Islanders are presently on the shelf.

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When Kingston's Done, What Happens To Sam Bennett?

Ryan Pike
April 01 2015 09:00AM

While everyone's focus is rightly on the playoff chase in the National Hockey League. But hey, there's a decent chance that some goings-on in the Ontario Hockey League could have an impact on the race.

And yes, I'm talking about Sam Bennett.

The Kingston Frontenacs are down 3-0 to the North Bay Battalion in their first round series. Game 4 is on Thursday, and there's a good chance that the Fronts will be swept and Bennett will suddenly be without much to do.

So what do the Flames do with Sam Bennett if/when he becomes available, whether it's Thursday or whenever his series ends?

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Time For Some Matt Stajan Appreciation

arii
March 31 2015 04:00PM

In the Flames' wild and ridiculously unlikely 5-3 victory over the Dallas Stars, Matt Stajan played just 11:37. He was the third least-played forward, above only his linemates, the recently not-healthy-scratched Michael Ferland and Drew Shore. 

In the Flames' absolutely dominating 5-2 win over the Nashville Predators just the day before, Stajan played just 12:51; again, only above Ferland and Shore. That line did produce Ferland's first NHL goal on an insane shift, though, on which Stajan was particularly noticeable.

That trio has looked pretty good together, actually. They aren't playing much, but Stajan has found a nice little niche centring two rookies still adjusting to the NHL game. He's a stabilizing veteran presence down the middle. 

This season just probably hasn't gone as he was anticipating it. This is the first year of Stajan's four-year, $3.125 million annual average deal. You don't re-sign with a team for that length of time and amount of money just to suddenly find yourself averaging 11:40, after all; his lowest ice time since being he was 22.

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The Playoff Table - March 31 2015

Ryan Pike
March 31 2015 01:00PM

The race for the West's eight spots in the Stanley Cup playoffs is heating up. The regular season ends in less than two weeks. The teams in the race have roughly 5 or 6 games left.

Here's a quick update on where the Flames sit right now, who they should worry about, and what's next.

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