May 29 2014 11:00AM
1. 25 years on
It seems as though Calgary made something of a big deal over the weekend of the fact that it was the 25th anniversary of the Flames winning the Stanley Cup. I lump such celebrations in with the kinds seen in Vancouver this past winter, which looked fondly back at the team's run to the Stanley Cup Final in 1994: Tedious garbage.
May 29 2014 09:30AM
The NHL's version of speed dating is going on this week. For players, it's their first real glimpse of what the next level will entail. It’s exciting and also a little scary at the same time.
May 29 2014 08:00AM
Via the NHL
Kenneth Agostino has performed well in the collegiate ranks, but most assume that his ceiling is likely that of a third-liner. Is that accurate? The contrast is stark when comparing a senior season in which he had next to no good luck - bad teammates and a low SH% - to a junior season where he had an elevated SH% and good teammates.
2010’s 140th overall pick comes in at 13 on our countdown.
May 28 2014 08:15AM
In the aftermath of a 2013-14 AHL season that saw the Abbotsford Heat make the playoffs, lose in the first round and then move to Glens Falls, there were quite a few obvious bright spots. Max Reinhart continued his progression. Corban Knight translated his two-way NCAA prowess to the AHL (and even had a nice NHL audition). Markus Granlund and Joni Ortio brought Finnish flash to the NHL during their brief recalls. Heck, Michael Ferland was a wrecking ball before he got hurt.
But two AHLers were bright spots for the Heat to the point were I think that Craig Conroy or Brad Treliving, or whoever's in charge of minor pro players nowadays, should try to retain them for the Adirondack Heat. I'd probably throw NHL two-way deals at these guys.
May 28 2014 07:59AM
In the functional toughness article we looked at the bottom-end of the Flames forward roster and found the club could improve things just by skating NHL caliber skaters on the 4th line. That's not quite true of the Flames blueline - none of their current guys are quite sub-replacement skaters like Brian McGrattan or Kevin Westgarth - but there's no denying Calgary is grotesquely top heavy and lacking in depth once you get past the noteworthy TJ Brodie/Mark Giordano pairing.