January 23 2015 09:32AM
Johnny Gaudreau was pretty stoked to be invited to the All-Star Weekend as a rookie. He's probably super-stoked now, as he's been named an injury replacement. He joins teammate and Flames captain Mark Giordano in the game.
January 23 2015 09:00AM
Welcome to a returning staple here at FlamesNation: the mailbag. From time to time, likely on a weekly basis, we'll check in with the citizens of the Nation regarding any questions or queries they have regarding the Calgary Flames.
Some will be serious questions. Some will be wacky questions.
All will be answered.
If you have questions for future mailbags, fire away in the comments or tweet them at me (@RyanNPike) or the FlamesNation account (@FlamesNation).
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January 23 2015 07:30AM
The loser point, Leafs piling up losses, David Clarkson, Flames buying or selling, Jeff Petry, an Oilers cartoon, skill players fighting and more in this week's Roundup.
January 22 2015 01:30PM
His successful and headline-grabbing recent stint in Calgary might have
taken some people by surprise, but a couple of the first Flames coaches
to work directly with Joni Ortio could see signs of this as a possible
outcome years ago.
Jamie McLennan was director of goaltender development for the Flames in 2008 when he first crossed paths with a young and talented Finnish netminder during a trip overseas to work with Miikka Kiprusoff in the offseason. On the ice with legendary goalie coach Uri Ylonen, Kiprusoff, Saku and Mikko Koivu and some other NHLers was a 17-year-old Ortio.
January 22 2015 09:15AM
1. This looks familiar
So Joni Ortio keeps winning and the Flames keep starting him. No surprise, you roll with the hot goalie. And it's difficult to think of a hotter goalie heading into last night's game than the .958 Ortio was pitching in his four games this season.
Now, this has prompted a lot of people to start talk if, "What do you do with Ramo?" Which seems a bit premature. Because while no one is saying Ramo's all that good, one must keep in mind that Ortio had played all of 13 career NHL games prior to last night, and carried a save percentage of .917. Is that good? Of course it is, but it's also 13 games, and when he played nine last year he went .891; only four of his appearances featured save percentages that broke .900.