September 28 2016 10:00AM
It's one of the worst kept secrets in the NHL: Kris Russell would like to return to the Calgary Flames and the team has interest in bringing him back.
While I can confirm the prior statement is true, it's a lot more difficult to determine the extent of interest from either side. One of the most polarizing players around these parts in recent years, Russell could be a nice addition to the Flames but only under the right circumstances. So just how would a potential Russell return work for Calgary?
September 28 2016 08:00AM
When the Calgary Flames drafted Jon Gillies out of the United States Hockey League in 2012, hopes were high given his strong numbers and ginormous frame. Then he went to a strong NCAA conference, Hockey East, and dominated. He posted gaudy numbers for three straight seasons and capped off his amateur career with an NCAA national championship win.
Hopes were high for the young netminder, and as such there was much disappointment when his first pro season was derailed by season-ending hip surgery. After chatting with Gillies at Flames training camp, here's a handy bit of context: he put up those insane college numbers while battling his injury.
September 27 2016 11:51PM
Photo Credit: Dan Hamilton/USA TODAY SPORTS
Look, I'm not going to bore you with a lot of details here, because this game probably already did a pretty damn good job of boring you with its action. Or lack thereof, rather. Team Canada cruised it's way to an easy 3-1 victory in front of a half-full and nearly entirely indifferent Air Canada Centre, setting itself up for a game that actually matters on Thursday night.
September 27 2016 09:07PM
Back at it again only a couple of hours removed from last night's game in Edmonton, the Flames (and their B team) took down the Winnipeg Jets 3-0 in a closer-than-the-score-says type of game.
September 27 2016 02:45PM
It may not be the most perfect narrative, but it certainly could have been worse. In one corner, we have Canada, a team that everybody expected to be here, with a suffocatingly high level of talent and execution of their system that has found a way to make greatness seem almost boring. In the other, we have Team Europe, a group of players who are old, wise, have never really played together, and may never play together again, looking to upset goliath on their own ice.
It's not very likely at all, but hey, let's make the most of the occasion.