June 10 2013 10:41AM
Jarome Iginla's attempt to pull a Ray Bourque was put to rest by the Boston Bruins recently, a grimly ironic result after the whole "Iginla to the Bruins" kerfuffle. Some are no doubt pointing to karmic retribution, but, really, the post-season is where dreams get crushed without mercy all the time.
I don't wish Jarome any ill will and sincerely hope he manages to cap off his great career with a cup win at some point. What's more interesting from a Flames perspective is how Iginla fared in his new digs. Not as any sort of enduring indictment of the captain, you understad, but just because one of the most useful analytic gauges of a team and a player are when a guy switches clubs. This allows you to compare his pre-and-post outcomes in order to determine to what degree his failures or successes were team/circumstance based.
June 08 2013 01:41PM
Now that we've more or less determined what kind of shirt slogans we want for the upcoming FlamesNation Gear batch we're realeasing at the end of the month, I figured it was time to share some desgins to go with them. Here's a selection of what a reader has sent over so far (including the header graphic above):
June 07 2013 02:58PM
The youngest of the Subban brothers is the relatively diminutive Jordan Subban, a defender for the OHL's Belleville Bulls. At 5'9" and 180 pounds, Jordan doesn't have the size of elder sibling and probable Norris trophy winner PK Subban, but he does have a similar offensive flair. If he was 6'2", Jordan would almost certainly be a top-30 pick this year, but his size and the problems associated with being smaller in the NHL (particularly as a defensman) have him projected as a probable 2nd-3rd rounder this year.
June 07 2013 09:22AM
This past season seemed poised to be Lance Bouma's best chance yet at being able to make himself a permanent fixture on the big club. However, we never got to see if that was going to be the case.
June 06 2013 08:45AM
1. Ramo is locked up
It may have been just a formality at this point, and no they can't reveal terms until July 5, but I guess it's nice to have some level of confirmation that they got the Karri Ramo contract done in something resembling a timely fashion.
I'm not surprised by the multi-year term and I probably won't be surprised by whatever the money is (unless it's really low, I guess), but it really does look like they're going to run a battery of Joey MacDonald, Reto Berra and Ramo, which I think is very interesting.