June 24 2015 05:38PM
The Calgary Flames have captured some hardware at the NHL Awards.
Flames head coach Bob Hartley was announced as the winner of the Jack Adams Award, given by the NHL's broadcasters to the coach who had the most impact on his team's success.
June 24 2015 03:30PM
In part due to their success in the years prior, the Calgary Flames had begun rehabilitating their drafting and development reputation when they began their rebuild in the spring of 2013. Jarome Iginla and Jay Bouwmeester were shipped off for prospects and (more importantly) first round selections.
As we sit in advance of the 2015 NHL Draft, three of Calgary's previous four first round selections have already played NHL games. One of them, Sean Monahan, has quietly established himself as one of the NHL's best young centers.
Here are Calgary's four most recent first round selections, beginning with one magical June where they held 10% of all of the first-round picks in the draft.
June 24 2015 02:57PM
Earlier today, reports from our friends at TSN indicated that contract talks between the Calgary Flames and captain Mark Giordano have begun. And per TSN, the initial ask from Giordano's camp is pretty hefty.
Reportedly, Team Giordano is beginning the conversation with an ask in the vicinity of $9 million.
June 24 2015 01:00PM
What a difference a year makes!
One calendar year ago, the Calgary Flames had zero presence at the National Hockey League's awards showcase in Las Vegas. Mark Giordano was their best hope for an award, but his Norris-caliber season was truncated by an early-season injury. This year, his season was cut short by an injury, but the Flames captain is one of four members of the organization that will appear in the MGM Grand Garden Arena this evening to see if they take home some hardware.
Here's a brief look at the Flames' awards contenders. Be sure to check out the NHL's big show beginning at 5pm MT on Sportsnet's national feed, and hang out afterwards to check out Sportsnet's documentary on former Flames enforcer Kevin Westgarth's continuing hockey journey in Europe.
June 24 2015 12:00PM
A torn bicep, and that was it.
It shouldn't have been. It really shouldn't. The year before, it was a broken ankle on a blocked shot. This time around, a fluke play on a penalty kill in the dying minute of an all-important win. He took to warmups before the next game, but that was it: Mark Giordano's season was over three-quarters of the way in.
With that, too, were his chances at a Norris Trophy, gone for the second season in a row thanks to injury. He was the favourite to win it early into the 2014-15 campaign, but just like that, 21 games were lost, and with them, the chance for some hardware.
Giordano is still attending the NHL Awards, but as a finalist for the NHL Foundation Award, not as recognition for his outstanding play as a defenceman. Instead, one of Erik Karlsson, PK Subban, or Drew Doughty will take home that honour.
Was he better than them? Yeah.