April 10 2012 05:14PM
If we had done this review a year ago, Chris Breen probably would have placed a lot higher on the list. A free agent signing out of the OHL, the towering 6'7" defender became a favorite of then coach Jim Playfair. The big guy was a top-two defender for the Heat under Playfair and was consistently singled out by the bench boss as a kid who was close to make the jump to the big league.
April 10 2012 11:03AM
These things tend to be a bit of a dog and pony show (as anyone who heard the Burke presser today can attest) but whether the Flames decision makers decide to be candid or obfuscate, their reponses should be interesting either way.
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April 09 2012 05:37PM
While the big boys aren't going to be skating this spring, the Flames organization nevertheless has a few guys still playing meaningful hockey. Because they are scattered through various leagues, I decided to put together this guide to help find and track the kids as they move along.
April 09 2012 10:14AM
It's small comfort, but the Calgary Flames are the best non-playoff team for the third season in a row, save for being a single point behind Dallas in 2010-11. They had a better regulation record than the San Jose Sharks, but unfortunately random skills competitions are part of today's game and their 5-16 record were one of the many small things that did them in.
April 09 2012 07:47AM
The season is over. Next up for Leafs, Jets, Flames and Oilers fans is the draft lottery. There’s been a lot of griping over the last month of the season about how the way the NHL draft is set up encourages teams to “tank” that is, to purposely try to lose games. I am not sure that tanking is actually a thing, however. In this blog, I will look at whether teams are really tanking, and if so, how to fix it so there are more meaningful games down the stretch. Follow me over le jump.