May 22 2016 12:00PM
For the second time in recent memory, a Calgary Flames-drafted prospect with a valid National Hockey League contract was thrown back into the junior ranks for some additional seasoning in 2015-16. Much like with Micheal Ferland in 2012-13, Keegan Kanzig was the victim of the numbers game and was sent back to the Western Hockey League to be a veteran leader for his team.
Kanzig may not have put up gaudy offensive numbers relative to the rest of the league, but he ended up having a pretty good season in the 'Dub all things considered.
May 22 2016 10:00AM
It's been Finland's year. And, as the only undefeated team at these World Championships, they're now one win away from claiming yet another title - all while being led by the expected second overall pick of the upcoming NHL draft.
In their way stands Canada. But of course, in their way stood Canada in the last game of the preliminaries, when both teams were fighting for the top of Group B: and Finland wiped the floor with them, winning 4-0 and ending Canada's own unbeaten streak.
At 11:45 a.m. MT, they meet up for one more game.
May 22 2016 08:00AM
We've already looked at some of the potential blockbuster trade targets the Flames may have this offseason, but in truth there may be other, less "big name" puckstoppers on the market.
While both Pittsburgh and Tampa may be looking to deal one of their established goaltenders, the truth is both Ben Bishop and Marc-Andre Fleury come with big price tags and noteworthy risks. Both will be expensive to acquire and expensive to retain. The double whammy may force Brad Treliving to look elsewhere.
So who else might be out there? Potential trade partners include the Anaheim Ducks, Dallas Stars, Detroit Red Wings, Arizona Coyotes, St. Louis Blues, Colorado Avalanche and Boston Bruins.
May 21 2016 02:00PM
This past season, the American Hockey League saw a distinct shift in a westward direction with the establishment of the Pacific Division.
To create that division, five existing AHL clubs moved west:
- The Adirondack Flames became the Stockton Heat
- The Norfolk Admirals became the San Diego Gulls
- The Worcester Sharks became the San Jose Barracuda
- The Oklahoma City Barons became the Bakersfield Condors
- The Manchester Monarchs became the Ontario Reign
In an effort to minimize travel and maximize development time, the five new California teams played 68 games - eight fewer than everyone else in the league. But with the announcement this week that the Arizona Coyotes will now have an affiliate in Tucson, Arizona that will join the Pacific Division next season, will the wacky Pacific Division schedule become more balanced?
May 21 2016 12:00PM
Freddie Hamilton is probably better known for being Dougie Hamilton's brother - and if we're honest with ourselves, that's probably a pretty big reason as to why the Flames acquired him in the first place.
But when all was said and done, F.Ham proved himself, at minimum, a capable AHL player. It's unclear if there's a brighter hockey future ahead for him - but at 24 years old, it's certainly not out of the question. Even if this is it, though, what he is isn't bad to have in regards to organizational depth.