September 29 2013 01:04PM
A flurry of minor activity today as NHL teams start making their final roster moves in preparation for the start of the season. For their part, the Flames have waived another three players: Derek Smith, Ben Street and Blair Jones. Street and Jones are guaranteed to be shuttled off to Abbotsford if they clear, while the Smith move may simply be to give the Flames options if "something else" happens over the next 24 hours or so.
September 29 2013 12:38PM
Steve & Chris are students as McKeen's Hockey Pro Scouting Coordinator Gus Katsaros calls in to discuss the Joe Colborne trade from both a Leafs and a Flames perspective, and whole lot more. Chris and Steve also discuss the NHL's recent rule changes and the benefits of living.
September 29 2013 10:49AM
Although we figured Joe Colborne might be a throw-in piece for a John Michael Liles trade, the Flames instead acquired the former first rounder for a conditional fourth round pick instead.
Colborne ticks all the boxes for the Flames. A 6'5" centerman, the 23 year old is a Calgary native who played in the AJHL before going off to college for the University of Denver, where he scored 31 and 41 points in his freshman and sophomore seasons.. Originally picked by Weisbrod and the Bruins 16th overall in 2008, he was then was acquired by Burke in a trade involving Tomas Kaberle. Appropriately, I chose Colborne as a key comparable to Mark Jankowski back when the Flames chose the latter 21st overall.
September 28 2013 11:05PM
Joe Colborne is going home.
The six-foot-five Calgary, Alberta native has been traded from the Toronto Maple Leafs to the Calgary Flames for a 4th round pick in 2014. A former 1st rounder, Colborne couldn't quite nail down a roster spot during the Leafs' preseason.
September 28 2013 10:26AM
We rounded up a few more fan ask questoins via Ask FM this week. Watch for the call-out on twitter around Thursday or Friday of every week if you have something you'd like FN writers to talk about. Alternatively, you can email me (firstname.lastname@example.org). This week we look at Burke's future, share some observations on Kris Russel and discuss a potential rule change