May 17 2015 11:00AM
The Calgary Flames were supposed to be strong Connor McDavid contenders this year. They entered 2014-15 with the cheapest roster in the NHL. Their opening night line-up featured youngsters, hopefuls, support veterans and fringe players (and Mark Giordano). The new regime opted for a prudent wait-and-see approach in the summer of 2014, acquiring marginal beef to bulk up the line up and dollars to reach the cap floor.
Instead, Calgary's season was perhaps the most incredibly unlikely success story of the modern era.
What this means to followers of the team varies. To some, it indicates the organization has jumped the rebuild queue and re-entered the contender fray ahead of schedule. The truth, however, is that there is still a lot of work left to be done.
May 17 2015 09:00AM
Way, way back in 2013, the Calgary Flames selected Eric Roy in the fifth round of the entry draft.
It's two years later, and the Flames have two weeks to sign Roy before he becomes a free agent on June 1.
May 16 2015 01:29PM
The Nation Network isn't accustomed to playoff success. What else do you expect from a blog network based out of Edmonton?
We're experts in the draft lottery though, and we know a thing or two about playoff pools - particularly the Nation Drafts charity playoff pool that we run annually. With the second round of the 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs already in full swing, let's take a moment, look back at round one, and check out the progress that the Nation Network's poolies are making in the competition!
May 16 2015 01:00PM
Hop on the time machine and let’s go back. Let’s go back, oh, say to the start of when Flames fans really started to become tired of the mediocrity. Where calls for a full-on rebuild were heard loud and clear. How about 2010? A nice, solid 5 years ago.
We’re going to take a brief look at the Flames’ prospect depth at the centre position, which happened to be the most worrisome for everyone, including management, when talks of a rebuild started to pop up. Now, it could be argued the Flames have a log jam up the middle. How did it turn so damn quickly?
May 16 2015 11:00AM
In what is hopefully - but probably not - a harbinger of things to come, a Calgary Flames prospect is headed to the Memorial Cup while a prospective Edmonton Oilers first overall pick is headed home empty-handed.
Hunter Smith and the Oshawa Generals polished off their OHL Championship series last night, beating Connor McDavid's Erie Otters in five games.
The Generals join the WHL Champion Kelowna Rockets, the Quebec Remparts and the Rimouski Oceanic (Quebec's the host, so both QMJHL finalists get to go) in the Memorial Cup later this month.