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February 27 2015 06:00AM
Leafs, Jets and Kings already making deals, David Clarkson's contract, Curtis Glencross, an Oilers Cartoon, a knock down punch and all the coverage leading up to the trade deadline you need in this week's Roundup brought to you by Draftkings.
February 26 2015 01:00PM
Lost in all the trade deadline hubbub and games yesterday was a bit of news from TSN's Darren Dreger.
In his Dreger Report column, he reported that the Flames are one of several teams taking a lot look at Boston University goaltender Matt O'Connor. They obviously see quite a bit of him given that Brandon Hickey, a Flames third rounder from last year's draft, is at B.U.
February 26 2015 11:00AM
Looking at Taylor's piece on Byron inspired a quick look at the Flames' contracts. After all, pending UFAs to get looked at when the trade deadline rolls around, and Curtis Glencross and Paul Byron are two of those guys. (Alright, so Byron is an RFA, but considering how he wasn't even qualified last time around, he's essentially being treated as unrestricted.)
As far as skaters go, there isn't really anyone else who fits the bill... except for one guy. Raphael Diaz.
Notable defence targets like Cody Franson and Andrej Sekera are now off the market, so teams with playoff aspirations but in dire need of defensive depth (uh... that aren't the Flames) are going to have to start looking elsewhere. And Diaz is extremely cheap, both in terms of cap hit, and in what it would probably take to acquire him.
February 26 2015 10:00AM
The latest incarnation of the Calgary Flames top minor league affiliate is one step closer to having a name. The website of the ECHL's Stockton Thunder announced on Tuesday the five finalists for the new American Hockey League franchise that begins play in Stockton in the fall.
February 26 2015 09:00AM
1. We begin with a loss
That game against the Rangers was, I think, a nice encapsulation of what Flames fans should expect for most of the remainder of the season. There are more than 20 games left, but this was a contest in which the Flames tried very hard for a while and at least held serve for a lot of the early goings of the game, but once they conceded it quickly became apparent that this was not a game in which the Flames were going to score. Even a one-goal lead at that point felt insurmountable based on how things looked on the ice.
You really do have to wonder when this team's shooting luck runs out. So many guys shot 10-plus percent for so many games that it necessarily has to come back to bite you, and we're getting to the point at which regression tends to hit teams: about 60-70 games in, things start going the way they "should" when teams PDO their way to early success.