July 17 2014 08:51PM
In this series we've already noted the Flames need to up their functional toughness and improve their blueline depth behind Mark Giordano and TJ Brodie in order to climb out of the Western Conference basement. This final part is more focused on the "when" than the "how". Although I'm sure the team's executives and fans would prefer sooner rather than later, the more realistic deadline for the club to be a threat again is two seasons from now: 2016-17.
Relative to some other rebuilds we've been witness to (ahem, Oilers), 2016 is a fairly aggressive and optimistic expectation. But it's grounded in reality.
July 17 2014 09:00AM
1. Got me thinking...
Earlier this week there was a bit of debate about whether Jonathan Toews was worth $10.5 million annually, when no other player in the league (besides Patrick Kane, but that's almost beside the point) makes more than about $9.5 million.
July 16 2014 11:25AM
Remember Mark Jankowski?
The centerman was drafted by the Flames in the first round of the 2012 Draft, but both the general manager and assistant general manager that took him are gone from the organization now. For his part, Jankowski seems unphased. Speaking with the media during development camp, he spoke about expectations for his Providence College Friars club and the 12-man freshman class he joined the team with in 2012-13 (including fellow Flames picks Jon Gillies and John Gilmour) - they'd love to win a championship before they finish their collegiate careers.
July 15 2014 11:06AM
Want a way to work off that Stampede paunch while raising resources for a great cause? Five Hole For Food may be up your alley! Join in from 2 to 6pm at Eau Claire Market and play hockey for food!
July 14 2014 06:50PM
Tonight! Join Ryan Pike, Ryan Lambert and your pal Kent Wilson for some heated discussion of what the Calgary Flames have been up to this summer so far.