February 10 2015 03:00PM
Way back in November of 2013, 10 former players filed suit against the National Hockey League in regards to the league's responsibility of protecting players from the dangers of concussions. Today, another 30 former players filed suit in U.S. District Court in Minnesota, per Adam Proteau of The Hockey News.
February 10 2015 01:00PM
Previously we looked at the Flames potential deadline trade targets, with the focus being top-4 type defenders who could solidify the club's blueline depth both now and in the future. Of course, In order to land any of those players, Calgary is going to have to part with a few assets of their own.
Unlike your typical contender, the Flames can't really justify parting ways with quality futures or first round picks for a deadline player. Although they have been the Cinderella story in the NHL this season, Calgary is still very much in the midst of an organizational rebuild, meaning the focus and priority remains the long-term.
This naturally limits trade pieces to expendable players only. Here's a list of what the Flames might have to offer a deadline partner come March. Not included are players who obviously have next to no value (Deryk Engelland, Brand Bollig, etc.) and guys I consider to be core pieces of the rebuild (TJ Brodie, Mikael Backlund, Sean Monahan, etc.)
February 10 2015 10:00AM
Well, seeing as they went over pretty well last week, and seeing as it was something that we decided was going to be a weekly feature well before it ever got posted, the Flames Nation Weekly Power Rankings have returned. (A day late, but you know, pretend it's Monday. Everyone likes to pretend it's Monday)
If you don't know, and you don't because nobody knows what power rankings really are (myself included), this is a feature where I look at the movers and shakers surrounding your Calgary Flames, find some common trends within that data, drink a lot, and then discard all that information in favour of some quick hits ranking those on the team in a matter most disparate of fact or logic.
You'd think I'd be sorry about it. You'd think. Anywho, here they are! As always, please take these rankings seriously. I almost worked very hard on them.
February 09 2015 11:33PM
Oh. Right. Meaningful hockey is absolutely the most nerve-wracking thing ever.
The Flames beat the San Jose Sharks for the third time this season on the road and moved back into second place in the Pacific Division. That is only the essential information though. This game was certainly a ring-a-ding-dong-dandy.There were times in this game where it was literally painful to watch for me and I am sure I am not alone. It felt...nice. Somehow.
Also, the Flames won in front of their dads which is pretty darn adorable. It warmed the space where my cynical heart used to live.
Flames won 4-1, come check out how after the jump!
February 09 2015 04:45PM
With 29 games remaining on their 2014-15 schedule, the Calgary Flames are hoping to transform from "a surprisingly good hockey club, all things considered" into "a playoff team." The key part of that transformation is to continue to win games against divisional and conference opponents.
Their latest test will be their fifth and final match-up with the San Jose Sharks.
The Flames (29-21-3) are coming off a tough and one-sided loss to the Penguins on Friday. The Sharks (28-19-7) are coming off a loss to the Canucks on Saturday. Both teams desperately need wins to keep their playoff hopes strong. The Flames beat the Sharks decisively on Wednesday via a 3-1 score. The Sharks definitely want to return the favour. The Flames have won three of the preceding four games with the Sharks this season.
The puck drops at 8:30pm MT on Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960 The Fan. Our condolences to Flames fans in the East, as you will likely fall asleep at your desk at work tomorrow.