March 27 2015 01:00PM
Joe Colborne didn't make his NHL debut with the Calgary Flames, but he may as well have. His 16 games with the Toronto Maple Leafs - where he was traded in exchange for the services of one Tomas Kaberle - were unremarkable, resulting in one goal, six points, and an average of 12:34 in ice time. It got to the point he had to be traded again, if only so the Leafs could continue to dress two goons in the lineup every night (a practice the Flames also followed in Colborne's first season with them, and not a good look for either team).
Colborne has two problems, though. First: he found his way onto his third NHL organization before he started regularly playing, never really getting a chance with the Leafs or Boston Bruins, who drafted him in the middle of the first round. He didn't play regularly until his hometown team and former general manager picked him up.
Second: he ended up being ninth in Flames scoring in his rookie season - although the next four guys had higher point per game averages than he did - which is respectable enough, except for the fact that his most common linemates that year were Sean Monahan (fellow rookie, fifth in scoring) and Mike Cammalleri (third).
Cammalleri's gone now, replaced by the inferior Mason Raymond, and Colborne doesn't really get to play with Monahan anymore. So what's his role on the team now?
March 27 2015 11:00AM
There is a lot of good, important, Flames-related hockey you can watch tonight.
To help you inform your choices, here's a quick and dirty guide for you!
March 27 2015 09:00AM
As they charge towards their Cinderella play-off berth, the Flames can see the imposing figure of the Los Angeles Kings looming ever closer in the rearview mirror. It's a bit like Ichabod Crane trying desperately to stay beyond the reach of the Headless Horseman. We'll see if the Flames can reach the bridge in time or not.
With this in mind, we discuss Joe Colborne, Deryk Engelland and what the Flames ideal line-up might look like in this week's mailbag.
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March 27 2015 06:30AM
Playoff races down to the wire, Vancouver locks up blue line stud, Leafs joining McDavid watch, Steven Stamkos fights, Nikita Nikitin is not a good hockey player, who should play goal for the Flames and more in this week's Roundup brought to you by DraftKings.
March 26 2015 01:00PM
Last night, the Calgary Flames crept a bit closer to a playoff berth via a shootout loss to the Dallas Stars. Loss or not, they got a point, and points are what matter right now.
And make no mistake about it, we're headed into a final 17 days of the 2014-15 season that are all about numbers. The most important numbers are this: there are five teams fighting for four spots. Somebody is going home unhappy on April 11.
I personally think nothing will be settled until that final weekend. Here's why.