September 23 2011 10:18PM
As training camp and the pre-season gets underway,it seems like the Flames are working hard to prove that the promises they made in the off-season were more than the usual smoke and mirrors the fans had become accustomed to hearing under the previous regime. Actually showcasing the talent in the rookie camp with media coverage, rather than a meager half-assed acknowledgement at its beginning, was a good segue from the 'talk-the-talk' to the 'walk-the-walk'.
The Flames feel they have improved this team, even though it doesn't look all that different from the team of last year. They are better fiscally managed; they are younger, faster and more mobile. That's what they said they were going to do. Tweak this team without blowing it up and avoid the dreaded 'R'-word that Edmonton uses like a sacred oath. It seems like the team and players are all on the same page... But what about the FANS?
September 23 2011 04:53PM
September 23 2011 10:01AM
I noted this in the comments elsewhere, but the Calgary Flames announced the signing of camp invitees Trurner Elson and James Martin yesterday. The pair are both junior eligible players who slipped through the draft and were therefore available as free agents.
September 23 2011 08:12AM
Every Thursday we're using the Snepsts system to project how many points each of the Flames may score this year. The Snepsts system, explained over at Hockey Prospectus, searches history for players with similar statistics (adjusted for era scoring levels) and uses their future performance as yardsticks for today's.
September 22 2011 03:21PM
Scott Cruicshank reported via twitter that Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond has been suspended for five games thanks to his hit from behind during the game in Vancouver on Tuesday. Leblonde was given a two minute boarding penalty and a 10 minute misconduct at the time.