July 12 2011 09:50PM
(Cam Charron continues to look at general NHL issues for us here at the Nations. This week, he investigates the Sharks new top-four defense rotation and wonders if it's one of the best in the league)
July 12 2011 05:32PM
With free agency mostly behind us, the unofficial next order of business for Jay Feaster is finding a way to rid the club of Niklas Hagman's contract. The former Leaf has struggled as a Flame and is now firmly behind Glencross and Tanguay on the Flames depth chart. Brent Sutter dropped Hagman into the bottom-six rotation by the end of the season and Feaster eventually put him on waivers.
July 11 2011 09:29PM
Most Flames fans probably remember Patrick Thoresen as a part-time grinder who played for the Oilers and Flyers a few years back. Other might recall he suffered a truly horrible injury blocking a shot in Philadelphia before fleeing the NHL for Europe. The truth is Thoresen was probably a better player than he appeared during his cup of coffee in the NHL and he's established himself as one of the best players outside the league since he bolted.
July 11 2011 03:02PM
Some little kids have that special X factor that leave you saying "yep, that kid is gonna go somewhere someday." Take this little fella dancing his heart out to MJ at Safeco Field. Even though he is six years old - or thirty - we have no kids so can't tell how old they are unless we cut them in half and count their rings - he is already a champ.
July 11 2011 03:12AM
With Calgary Flames development camp all wrapped up for 2011, I thought I'd share my thoughts after being at the Don Hartman NE Sportsplex for four of the five days. It certainly was a different look from years past, with a whole lot more skill on the ice than we've seen in other years. From dynamos like Paul Byron and Jon Gaudreau to newly signed Sven Bartschi, there was lots to be positve about.