January 30 2015 01:00PM
January 18, 2014 was a Saturday. The Calgary Flames were listing through the middle of their first rebuild season. They visited Vancouver. Bob Hartley dressed Brian McGrattan, Kevin Westgarth, Blair Jones, Ladislav Smid and Chris Butler as his starting five. The Canucks responded with five pluggers of their own.
And since then, Calgary has emerged as one of the NHL's most surprising teams. Last night's game was the 82nd for the Flames since that Rogers Arena line brawl. Here's a brief glimpse of how the team's done in the, well, season, since all that scrapping.
(For the sake of convenience, we've excluded any games played last night from this analysis.)
January 30 2015 11:54AM
As the Calgary Flames season chugs along, other things are happening off the ice that may have an impact (or not) in the future.
In an appearance with Rob Kerr on The Big Show on Sportsnet 960 The Fan yesterday, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman mentioned that he had met with Calgary's mayor, Naheed Nenshi, for the first time the day prior. We've since been able to confirm the Wednesday meeting with the mayor's office, though they declined further comment.
January 30 2015 09:30AM
Early mentions of Johnny Gaudreau from trusted online sources were promising but read like a distant bell: Kirk Luedeke's initial thumbnail sketch told of an undersized wizard who was years away and needed at least one growth spurt. From humble beginnings, Johnny Gaudreau never stopped exceeding expectations.
January 30 2015 08:30AM
The worst-kept secret in professional sports over the past year is now no longer a secret.
The American League finally announced in a press conference yesterday in San Jose that they've approved the formation of a Pacific Division to begin play in October. As part of the shift west, the Calgary Flames will be transferring their AHL farm club from Glens Falls, New York to Stockton, California.
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January 30 2015 06:39AM
Trade speculation begins, Canucks better without Bieksa, Stamkos to Toronto, Ryan O'Reilly watch, Phaneuf an Oiler, size in the NHL matters, fantasy hockey and more in this week's Roundup.