May 25 2016 08:00AM
Twenty-two days ago, the Calgary Flames removed Bob Hartley from his position as head coach. That vacancy has not yet been filled - although the team is still working on it, narrowing candidates down.
According to Ben Kuzma of The Province, the Flames have requested permission to speak with Vancouver Canucks Assistant Coach (and former Dallas Stars Head Coach) Glen Gulutzan, but have not inquired as to the Utica Comets' Head Coach, Travis Green.
But on a more interesting front, Kuzma also notes the Flames seem to be at 10 or so candidates, with New Jersey Devils Assistant Coach Geoff Ward and former Edmonton Oilers Head Coach Ralph Krueger as the frontrunners.
So that's interesting, isn't it?
May 24 2016 02:00PM
The Mastercard Memorial Cup is in Alberta this season for the first time since 1974. Since the London Knights are chock full of 2016 NHL Draft first-year eligible prospects and Red Deer is a relatively short drive, I made the trek up to check out Monday evening's game.
Here's my takeaways from London's 9-1 whupping of the Brandon Wheat Kings.
May 24 2016 12:00PM
I think it's safe to say that Nick Schneider's 2015-16 season came as a surprise to a lot of people.
After being passed over in the 2015 NHL Draft, Schneider came into Calgary Flames rookie camp as an extra body. Then a few injuries here and there kept Schneider around long enough to impress Flames management to earn an entry-level contract.
He began the season in an NHL camp. He ended the season as the starting goalie of an American Hockey League team (at 18 years old). In between, he put together a pretty solid Western Hockey League season.
May 24 2016 10:00AM
As we continue rolling through the lengthy list of pending Calgary Flames restricted free agents we come to three players in very similar situations. The trio of Drew Shore, Freddie Hamilton, and Tyler Wotherspoon all have at least three full years of professional experience under their belts and all have decent NHL experience (at least 25 games). So is the clock ticking for any or all of these guys?
May 24 2016 08:00AM
Not the Finn you want, but still a Finn to consider. London Knights defenceman Olli Juolevi is the feature of today's First Round Targets post.