June 23 2010 12:36PM
Predicting picks in the NHL entry draft outside of, say, the top 5 is a bit of a fools errand. Not only do we not have access to the Flames draft board, where the club's scouts would rank order the kids available, we also can't anticipate the moves of the 29 other franchises on the day.
June 22 2010 02:19PM
With this weekend's draft having the air of a very busy trading period around the league, I wanted to review Darryl Sutter's history from draft weekends past, with a particular emphasis on moves where the Flames exchanged NHLers for NHLers. I'll look at three specific moves from the '06-'08 draft weekends, both from a hockey POV as well as from a cap-management perspective.
June 22 2010 10:57AM
The Flames will begin the season on the road versus Taylor Hall (maybe?) and the Edmonton Oilers on October 7. Other dates of note inlcude:
The Flames have their home opener on Sunday, October 10th as they host the Los Angeles Kings. The Flames' annual New Year's Eve home game has Calgary hosting the Colorado Avalanche for a 7:00 pm start at the Pengrowth Saddledome. The Christmas schedule includes home games against Vancouver (December 1st), Tampa Bay (December 7th), Columbus (December 13th), Toronto (December 16th), Minnesota (December 18th) and Buffalo (December 27th). Calgary will face the Edmonton Oilers on New Years Day, Saturday January 1 at Rexall Place.
Personally, I just hope there's less back-to-backs this year.
June 21 2010 08:46PM
As the draft approaches on Friday, I figured it'd be good to get the final two pending Flames UFA's out of the way. So far, we've covered Conroy, Higgins and Nystrom, with debate going both ways on each guy. I think the final two will have much less debate surrounding them, as we move to Jamal Mayers and Brian McGrattan.
June 21 2010 10:47AM
The 2010 NHL Entry Draft is just four days away and although the Flames don't currently possess a top-60 pick, Darryl Sutter has historically been very active on draft day in the past. As such, there's little chance that the Friday/Saturday action will not include Calgary, especially given the Flames urgent need to shore up their prospect ranks and dump some salary.
Flamesnation will endeavor to cover the draft from every possible angle, starting today through till the end of the week. Today we begin with the basics - a Flames draft primer.