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.
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October 20 2014 11:45AM
The Nation Network brings you the Nation Minute, a rapid fire look at stats and news around the network or NHL. On tap this week: The Canucks offense, Jonas Hiller, Ben Scrivens, Mark Fayne and more.
October 19 2014 08:47PM
The Flames got back over .500 and closed out their difficult six game road trip with a 4-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets. Like many of their other W's this season, this one came despite a less than-60 minuet effort and required a large helping of outstanding goaltending and opportunistic scoring to get the two points.
Here's how things went.
October 19 2014 01:17PM
I think I like those Jets sweaters best...
It may be hard to care about the result of tonights game while we our collective hearts are a flutter over the news that the Flames may be closing in on signing T.J Brodie to an extension (for what may be a reasonable price). However, the Flames have a game to play tonight against the Winnipeg Jets on "Rogers Presents: Placating Ron MacLean" or something.
The Flames are closing out a long and fairly successful road trip that has seen them beat Nashville, Chicago, and Edmonton (wait, they're still giving out points in the standings for beating the Oilers right?) and can finish the trip above .500 with a win tonight in Winnipeg. See the lineups for both squads after the jump.