October 03 2016 03:00PM
We're still waiting for real hockey games, but there won't be a dull day off the ice between now and the start of the NHL regular season. Monday kicks off another week and another batch of players for the waiver wire.
October 03 2016 12:41PM
After much speculation, the Calgary Flames made nine cuts to their main training camp roster today.
Headed to the Stockton Heat of the American Hockey League are goalie Jon Gillies, defensemen Ryan Culkin and Oliver Kylington, and forwards Matt Frattin, Mark Jankowski, Morgan Klimchuk and Emile Poirier. Cut outright are professional tryout blueliners Colby Robak and Mikhail Grigoriev.
After the moves, the Flames are down to 32 players on their camp roster: three goalies, 11 defenders and 18 forwards.
October 03 2016 12:00PM
This article is part of a four-part series that lists all of the transactions made by each NHL team and discusses what each team’s offseason means in the context of their division. Information and data was taken from: NHL Numbers, Hockey Reference, General Fanager, Hockey Analysis, Corsica, TSN, and Rotowire. Also, a special thanks to Sean Tierney who provided data visualization for the series.
Everything went according to plan in the Pacific Division last season.
The Californian teams dominated, as the Kings and Sharks found the stride that they had misplaced in 2014-15 and the Ducks continued to roll despite a terrible start. The Flames fell back down to earth and the Canucks showed signs of aging, joining the perpetually rebuilding Oilers and the tank-happy Coyotes at the bottom of the standings.
This year is bound to be a little more complicated. The Sharks and Kings look to be as strong as they were last season, but the Ducks have struggled mightily with the threat of the expansion draft, and the Coyotes, Oilers and Flames each made strides to improve themselves around their core of young talent.
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.