May 28 2013 04:15PM
We are gathered here today to pay tribute to the notion of something we never truly came to grips with. We are here to say goodbye to Anton Babchuk, Calgary Flame.
Please be seated.
Born Anton “Anatoliiovych” Babchuk in Kiev, Ukraine, on May 6th, 1984, Babchuk's middle name, once again, is ANATOLIIOVYCH, and that is a total nightmare. This is fitting because it would also come to be an apt metaphor for Flames fans who would see him play in Calgary.
May 28 2013 09:58AM
The Flames have already gone through a lot of fundamental change since Jarome Iginla was traded, but talking to some of the media close to the team this off-season one gets the feeling there's more to come, starting (if possible) with the draft. The primary target to get moved next seems to be Alex Tanguay - although his cap hit isn't all that bad, the feeling seems to be that he's not considered part of the solution going forward.
May 27 2013 12:28PM
Aside from Sean Monahan, Elitersen rookie Elias Lindholm is perhaps the Flames most likely choice at 6th overall this coming June. Like Monahan and Aleksandr Barkov, Lindholm is a center with a offensive capabilities and an advanced two-way game. So, like the two targets we have already profiled, Lindholm ticks a lot of the organization's boxes.
Unlike Monahan and Barkov, however, Lindholm isn't a "big body", standing at about 5'11" and weighing 185 pounds. That doesn't make him overly small, but it also means he's not the ideal vision of strength and size down the middle.
May 27 2013 09:53AM
(Christian Roatis is the FlamesNation's newest contributor. He has previously written at The Hockey Guys and Future Considerations. His debut post on FN is an in-depth look at Karri Ramo.)
Ever since Miikka Kiprusoff established himself as the star goaltender in
May 25 2013 12:23PM
So as many of the regular readers here probably know, OilersNation has a collection of gear, including stickers, hoodies and t-shirts. We want to get something like that going here at FlamesNation, but with a twist - we want FN readers help in designing them.