May 12 2012 10:40AM
When the Calgary Flames announced that they were parting ways with head coach Brent Sutter, the hockey world was abuzz with speculation regarding what highly-touted coach would take over the job. Shockingly, among the names brought up was one that I was oddly familiar with from my two years covering the team – Abbotsford Heat coach Troy Ward.
Call it a gut feeling, but I firmly expect Troy Ward to be named Flames head coach within the next month.
May 11 2012 12:00PM
Last off-season, we looked at why the Flames were mediocre in a series of posts. This year, I plan to discuss what significant challenges face them in their bid to stay competitive and not be dragged, kicking and screaming, into the dreaded rebuild.
May 10 2012 11:26AM
Is there a more boring name than "Bill Arnold" in professional hockey? Hard to say, but probably not.
Is there a more underrated (and unknown) Flames prospect than Bill Arnold? Again, probably not - and that's definitely a good thing
The six foot, 210 lb. center from Needham, Massachusetts will never be mistaken for his teammate and fellow draft prospect Johnny Gaudreau. He's a decent size and likes to use his body when he can. But don't take that to mean he's a 4th line energy player. Arnold brings plenty of other qualities.
May 10 2012 07:49AM
Around this time of year there's a fairly large contingent of my friends and family who ask me the same thing - I often bring up the success of Flames prospects in their respective league playoffs (as the big club isn't involved anymore) - and am met with a blank stare, followed by “why do their playoffs matter?”'
May 09 2012 03:04PM
A little over a year and a half ago the Nation Network added NHLnumbers.com - a leading salary reference site online - into the fold. Since then the team has been hard at work rebuilding the site, retooling the machinery that powers things behind the scenes and are now ready to go forward with the second stage of the plan.
It's slow going to be sure - but we are gradually making headway in what we consider to be one of the most important jobs in building the Nation Network: contributing to the community of stats folks and giving them new tools and new resources to continue building an important part of following the NHL in the year 2012.