June 13 2015 01:30PM
Well that was one heck of a season. Goals, come-from-behind wins, Hiller standing on his head, a rookie-filled team shooting the lights out, Norris-calibre season from O Captain, My Captain!
Too bad it'll never happen again for as long as the Sun shines down on the this fair Earth.
Or will it?
The Flames went from the bottom to the, um, middle like a rocket this season. Other fans might use metaphors to illustrate a sense of alacrity based on geese and their fecal excretory systems, but we'll stick with the rocket comparison today.
June 13 2015 10:12AM
Photo Credit: Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports
The Calgary Flames began a youth movement this past year, with the team's offense in the post-season being driven largely by 18-year-old Sam Bennett, 20-year-old Sean Monahan and 21-year-old Johnny Gaudreau. In addition to those talented youngsters, the Flames also saw a bunch of youngsters from their American Hockey League club in Adirondack. Some of them turned out really well. Some seemed to need more seasoning.
Here's five youngsters from the AHL ranks that are closest to making the jump to full-time NHL employment.
June 12 2015 01:00PM
It's rare for an 18-year-old to step directly into the NHL, and even rarer so for it to be someone selected further down in the draft. While Sean Monahan made the Flames directly out of camp, and Sam Bennett may have as well had he not been injured, the Flames' first pick in this upcoming draft will almost certainly not see any NHL ice time in 2015-16.
And that's alright. While new talent is always exciting, patience is a virtue. Besides, it could end up being a few years yet before he's ready, and it's not as though the Flames will be hurting in the meantime.
June 12 2015 10:13AM
The Calgary Flames really only have four decisions to make in unrestricted free agency. One of them we'll touch on next week in net, while the other three reside on the blueline. In David Schlemko, Rapha Diaz, and Corey Potter, the Flames have three depth defencemen all in need of new contracts. Knowing their situation on D, however, it really only makes sense to bring back one of this trio.
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June 12 2015 09:00AM
This is a series counting down the top-10 pending UFAs. It will be posted across the Nation Network over the next month! Enjoy!
When Christian Ehrhoff signed a ten year contract with the Buffalo Sabres in June of 2011, a lot of people were puzzled, and a little annoyed. Why was the NHL allowing these long-term, front-loaded contracts? Why was a 28 year old signing one that he would theoretically be able to play through? Why, even with the scheme, did such a talented player take so little without testing the market, from a team he became part of just hours before?
Fast forward to today. This would theoretically be the end of year four, but the Sabres are about a year removed from buying out the middle-aged German. Not only that, but the Pittsburgh Penguins, his new team, feel inclined to go with other internal options, meaning Ehrhoff will suit up for his third team in as many years.