May 30 2011 11:57PM
Jay Bouwmeester joined the Flames as the plum of the 2009 free agent class, as the Edmonton native returned to Alberta in order to complete the puzzle Darryl Sutter was constructing on the blueline. His arrival to work with Robyn Regher, Dion Phaneuf and Mark Giordano was intended to herald the beginning of an era where the Flames' defence was the cornerstone of a successful franchise.
That didn't exactly work out as planned, obviously. Bouwmeester's scoring dried up when he moved to the more difficult Western Conference, although he and Giordano did make for a very solid pair most nights during the 09/10 season. In 10/11, the trade of Ian White cemented Bouwmeester as Robyn Regher's partner on the primary shutdown pairing, and through about 65 games, that duo, and the team, were operating at a pretty decent level before things went sour to complete the year. What follows is a look at Bouwmeester's 10/11, with his 5v5 scoring chance and possession numbers examined, in order to see what worked and what didn't for the rearguard.
May 30 2011 05:15PM
Although today is May 30th, there is still no word from the Calgary Flames organization on the signing of Tim Erixon. The Flames first round pick from 2009 had himself a very strong year in the Swedish Elite League and looks to be as close to a blue chip prospect as the franchise has in the pipeline. That's why it's so disturbing the 20-year old hasn't been inked yet.
May 30 2011 01:03AM
The Stanley Cup Finals start on Wednesday, and that gives everyone three days to get their picks in for the winner. After the jump, results from the first three rounds.
May 28 2011 07:22PM
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This week's episode includes a second appearance from NHL Veteran Brian Sutherby, Ted Wyman of the Winnipeg Sun, former GM of the Calgary Flames Craig Button, Mario Duhamel, - Head Coach of the Drummondville Voltigeurs - Speeds from the Hockey Symposium stop by. We also rebroadcast a Jason Gregor interview with a recently retired Doug Weight.
May 27 2011 01:06PM
The playoffs are down to the short strokes now, with only a game and the finals left before we move into the summer. For those of us on the Prairies, of course, ”summer” might be a concept more in tune with the calendar than the actual conditions, so maybe the correct term should simply be “off-season”.
At any rate, the roundup returns with items of note from around the league. In this instalment, the Flames get a bit of good news from Bill Daly, The Bruins and Lightning head for the finish line, and matters appear headed to a conclusion in Georgia.