March 14 2015 01:00PM
With just 14 games remaining in the regular season, the Calgary Flames are in a strange, strange position.
Two years ago, the Flames traded Jarome Iginla away. Why? He was their all-time leading scorer and best player ever, and the hope was they could flip the asset and get younger while giving Iginla a chance to win a Stanley Cup.
Two years later, the Flames are much more likely to be in the playoffs than Iginla's latest team, the Colorado Avalanche, are. Life's weird sometimes.
Calgary's magic number is 13. Any combination of 13 Flames wins or Winnipeg Jets losses results in Calgary returning to the playoffs. With 14 games remaining, the team's destiny is still very much in their own hands.
Puck drop is at 8pm MT. The game's on CBC (with Paul Romanuk and Mike Johnson) and Sportsnet 960 The Fan (with Derek Wills and Peter Loubardias).
March 14 2015 12:00PM
There are several high quality defensemen available in the 2015 draft but there's a range of opinion about the 'best available' at the position. Noah Hanifin remains the likely 'first defenseman off the board' but the Russian Prokorov has a lot of momentum as we head toward spring. The other name you hear about in the range of the top five overall? Zach Werenski.
March 14 2015 11:00AM
Like any good employer, there’s a mandate to look within the company to see which employees have earned a promotion. It’s no different with the Calgary Flames.
Unlike in years past with the Abbotsford Heat, the Flames actually have some good, young players on AHL deals to look at for fresh new contracts this offseason (no offense to Brett Olson, he was awesome). Understandably, every organization needs to fill vacant spots in their AHL line up with ancillary players to assist in the development of their primary focus: legitimate prospects. So it sure has been nice this year to get excited about guys on AHL deals who aren’t American league lifers and may have a future with the Calgary Flames.
So let’s take a look at the Adirondack Flames currently on AHL deals and see who may have garnered enough attention to earn themselves a two-way deal this summer.
Nation World HQ
March 14 2015 08:00AM
In an effort to keep fans aware of the comings and goings of the other teams in the
Smythe Pacific Division… The fine folks at The Royal Half have created the Pacific War Room… a wrap-up of the past week in the Pacific from some of the best and brightest bloggers who cover Pacific Division teams. In order of the Pacific Division standings… we present the Pacific War Room!
March 14 2015 12:32AM
The Calgary Flames need wins. The Toronto Maple Leafs seem to be allergic to them, but their allergy is getting them closer to a great draft pick. Both teams got what they needed tonight at the Scotiabank Saddledome, where Calgary played a strong first period and then put it in cruise control the rest of the way for a 6-3 victory over the visiting Maple Leafs.
The Flames are one step closer to their first playoff appearance since 2009.