December 12 2011 03:43PM
By: Andrey Osadchenko
Picking 5 best Russian players for the Flames is pretty easy. There haven't been too many ruskies put on the flaming ‘C’. In fact, in the entire history of the organization, the Flames have had 12 Russian players and only a few of them were able to leave their mark.
Note that this list doesn’t include Igor Kravchuk, because he made the respective Oiler article a little earlier. It's also worth mentioning that the first Soviet player in the NHL, Sergei Priakhin, is not mentioned here either, since in all honesty he had more impact on the history of hockey than on the Flames’ history. It’s a rather twisted irony.
December 12 2011 10:53AM
I was lucky enough to talk to the Heat's play-by-play man Ryan Pinder** recently. He shared some observations and insight about the team and some of the Flames prospects, including Greg Nemisz, Leland Irving and TJ Brodie. I also asked him about Abbotsford's impressive record so far this year and the influence of rookie head coach Troy Ward.
December 12 2011 09:10AM
The Calgary Flames are making the very most of the soft part of their schedule, and their .517 points percentage now includes them in a gigantic tie for 18th overall, just two points out of the final post-season position to which Nashville is hanging on like Chris Chelios to his NHL career.
December 11 2011 10:05PM
Another week, another update of the Nation Network Hockey Pool. This week features a new leader in the standings.
December 11 2011 01:53PM
For most of the season we have tried to dissect the play of the Flames and where it was going wrong and ultimately where was it headed. Many of the fans were emphatic about not seeing this team struggle for the first half like last season and then attempt to make another miracle run at the post season. It didn’t work last year, it wouldn’t work this year, and ultimately it was going to pre-emptively ruin what the Flames needed to do going into the draft to right this wayward ship.