August 27 2015 09:30AM
Continuing with FlamesNation's ongoing prospect profile series, at number seven, we've gone with a kid the Flames rescued from the scourge of being an Oilers fan: Brandon Hickey.
The Flames sure got around in the 2014 draft. First, they had a can't miss prospect; then, a Q goalie and an O giant. After that, they turned to home, but not to the W - to the AJHL.
Former AJHL defender or no, Hickey has done a lot over the year since he's been drafted to rise up through the ranks, and have people really looking at him as a player with a good future. Who says you need major junior?
August 26 2015 03:30PM
Back in the day there wasn’t much of a Battle of Alberta. In fact, Oilers versus Flames games were incredibly lopsided to the north. Night in and night out the Flames would be dominated both physically and talent-wise by the dynasty up Highway 2.
Then, on October 12, 1982, a green 22-year-old kid named Tim Hunter stepped up alongside the most feared enforcer in the Campbell Conference, the Oilers’ Dave Semenko. The fight ended with Tim Hunter as the victor and from that game on, the playing field was levelled in the Battle of Alberta. The Flames could now play their star players without risk of being manhandled by one of the Oilers’ tough guys. Hunter was one of the only enforcers in NHL history to give Semenko a rough ride; so much so that the Oilers had to come up with an answer for this new Flames kid. Their answer was Marty McSorley – the one fighter who could go toe-to-toe with Tim Hunter.
Over his career, Tim Hunter made short work of other team’s enforcers (and legitimate goons) as well, including Glen Cochrane, Harold Snepts, Chris Nilan, Gord Donnelly, Dave Brown and Ken Baumgartner as well as about a bajillion others. Hunter took his role seriously and at a time when star players were continuously targeted, Hunter remains to this day one of the most important role players to ever wear the flaming ‘C’.
August 26 2015 01:00PM
I have to admit, my first thought when the vaunted CalgaryNEXT plans were shared with the world had nothing to do with finances. Heck, they barely had anything to do with the plans themselves.
As somebody who is set in their ways and doesn't like change, my first thought was Why do they have to leave Stampede Park? While hardly perfect, like many Calgarians I have grown to love Stampede Park as the hub of sports and entertainment activity in the city. So why couldn't the Flames organization figure out a way to stay in the same general vicinity that they've always been?
Well, after doing some digging, my conclusion is that it just didn't fit their wants, needs or desires.
August 26 2015 11:00AM
Coming in at #8 on FlamesNation’s Top 20 prospects is Tyler Wotherspoon. “Spoon” has been in the Flames system now for four seasons and has taken astronaut-like steps in each of those seasons, especially since turning pro.
While the Flames’ 2011 second-rounder may no longer be the new shiny toy in the system anymore, he’s still the one defenseman who appears to be the closest to making the NHL full-time.
August 26 2015 08:00AM
When I saw the press release in my e-mail inbox yesterday morning, I'll admit I was worried. The Calgary Flames had re-signed Mark Giordano. This was going to be expensive. He's Calgary's best player by a fair margin right now. Best players typically do cost a lot of money.
I expected a deal to cost the Flames between $8 million and $9 million annually, enough to force some belt-tightening this coming summer.
So when I saw that the Flames had somehow gotten the deal done for $6.75 million per season, I was equal parts shocked, impressed and excited. This is the kind of deal that opens up a lot of possibilities for the team going forward - at least for the next few seasons.