July 11 2014 08:15AM
For the second time in the past three drafts, the Calgary Flames selected a goaltender in the first three rounds. While the Flames have just dreadful, dreadful luck picking goalies in the first round - Brent Krahn and Leland Irving say hey - they've been better in the later rounds. 2012's third round pick was used on Jon Gillies, currently towering over the opposition with the Providence College Friars. This year, Calgary used the 34th overall selection on another tender from the East Coast - selecting Mason McDonald from the QMJHL's Charlottetown Islanders.
McDonald had an interesting year, being traded half-way through the campaign from the Acadie-Bathhurst Titan to PEI, posting numbers that were solid if unspectacular. He also appeared at the Top Prospects Game in Calgary and the IIHF Under-18 World Championships, two events that really boosted his profile with his impressive performances.
I had the chance to chat with McDonald at Calgary's development camp at Winsport.
July 10 2014 03:30PM
Big news, everybody! Several Calgary Flames players have changed their jersey numbers!
In other news, several other players have not changed their numbers.
The important thing here - if you can call it that - is which players upgraded numbers.
July 10 2014 01:30PM
The Battle of Alberta has a long history of dragging young players across the proverbial battle lines. Jarome Iginla, Dion Phaneuf and Jay Bouwmeester are just a few of the Edmonton-area hockey players that were thrust into the Calgary Flames organization.
In the third round of the 2014 NHL Draft, blueliner Brandon Hickey became another part of that tradition.
I chatted with Hickey at the recent Calgary Flames prospect development camp at Winsport.
July 10 2014 09:11AM
1. That's your team
Head on over to Capgeek. Click on the Flames page. Look at what you see there.
You see that the Flames have 11 NHL forwards under contract, and two more RFAs to re-sign. They also have six defensemen. And two goalies. That's 21 players, and doesn't include guys who will at the very least get their tires kicked at one point in the year or another (like Tyler Wotherspoon, Sven Baertschi, Corban Knight, and maybe a few others). Looks to me like this roster is finalized.
July 09 2014 11:30AM
It only took three signings for Brad Treliving to accomplish his primary goal this summer - get over the NHL's salary floor. That seems like an entirely trivial and underwhelming objective to celebrate, but it's one that had the possibility of causing all sorts of self inflicted wounds. Take, for example, Dale Tallon's orgy of spending from a few summers ago when he signed half of the league's mediocre UFA's to long, bloated contracts. The Flames, conversely, escaped relatively intact. None of the deals were longer than three years and or for a dollar amount that may hamper them in the future. Mission accomplished.
So is there anything left for the club to do this summer?