October 22 2014 11:04AM
The odds-on favourite for the Calder Trophy is the Tampa Bay Lightning’s Jonathan Drouin.
Calgary Flames darkhorse Johnny Gaudreau, though, won’t be an underdog for long if he keeps getting on the nightly highlight reel.
The way Gaudreau is progressing, it’s just a matter of time before those who omitted him in their preseason Calder predictions add him to their list of frontrunners and give the Flames hope for their first rookie of the year since Sergei Makarov in 1990.
October 21 2014 10:28PM
The Calgary Flames returned home from their mega-trip on Tuesday evening, hoping to gain their first taste of victory on home ice. Despite some strong goaltending, some slick scoring and keeping the dangerous Tampa Bay Lightning at bay for the bulk of the game, they dropped a 2-1 overtime decision at the Saddledome.
They got a point, which is pretty okay I suppose, but after playing as well as they did for 57 minutes, they have to be disappointed with the loss.
October 21 2014 11:38AM
Tonight, the World Series begins in Kansas City. That town's team, the Royals, was cannon-fodder in the American League until this year, when they emerged as a scrappy, underdog club that basically willed themselves into the playoffs with an excellent last stretch that catapulted them from the proverbial outhouse to the penthouse, to to speak.
The last time the Calgary Flames resembled such a club was a decade ago, when their championship quest was snuffed by the Tampa Bay Lightning, who visit the Scotiabank Saddledome tonight. The Lightning have been excellent since last season, but somehow - somehow - dropped a 3-2 decision to the Edmonton Oilers. Chock it up to a strong effort from the boys up north - or a team potentially looking past a stretch of games against a few of the league's weak sisters.
Either way, expect the Saddledome to be more full of emotion than it usually is against the old Southeast Division. There's something about yanking away a Stanley Cup like Lucy pulling the ball away from Charlie Brown that causes grudges to form. The puck drops at 7pm MT and the game airs on Sportsnet Flames (TV) and Sportsnet 960 The Fan (radio).
October 20 2014 02:40PM
Over the past decade, it's often been tough to be a Calgary Flames supporter.
The 2004 Stanley Cup Final appearance may have indicate to team ownership and management that the team was better than it was. As it stands, Darryl Sutter's post-lockout chasing of a Stanley Cup stands as an example of almost Shakespearean tragedy - despite the good intentions, there wasn't a strong plan in place, and the fact that the team found it so hard to sign and retain key players from the outside of the organization speaks to a league-wide perception that the group was tilting at windmills.
In a sense, that's why the T.J. Brodie signing is such a nice sign for the organization.
October 20 2014 01:37PM
As originally reported by Sportsnet's scoops guru Elliotte Friedman yesterday, the Calgary Flames have officially signed defenseman T.J. Brodie to a five-year contract extension. The deal kicks off next season and runs through the conclusion of the 2019-20 season. The team didn't release money terms, officially. But Friedman reported the average annual value of the deal to be about $4.65 million per year. Although Brodie still had another 8 months before becoming a restricted free agent, his new long-term contract has been a long time coming.