August 26 2011 01:07PM
In all the discussions of potential line combinations this summer, the one that is mostly overlooked is the possibility of David Moss shifting from the right side to the middle of the ice. Flames fans will remember last year that Moss moved up the depth chart and skated a few games between Iginla and Tanguay before being felled by a knee injury in practice for the rest of the year.
August 25 2011 03:09AM
Mark Giordano enters the coming season as one of the most important players on the Calgary Flames if they hope to remain competitive for a Western Conference playoff spot. With Robyn Regehr gone to Buffalo, Giordano's role will be the largest it's ever been on an NHL team. Yet, added responsibilities aren't anything new for Gio, who has seen the importance of his role increase on a yearly basis. To this point, the soon-to-be 28 year old defenceman has passed every test with flying colours, making him one of Calgary's most popular players along the way. So where did things all start for the undrafted Giordano?
August 24 2011 04:30PM
One player that the Flames management and fans will want to keep a close eye on in this upcoming season is defiitely Mikael Backlund. Being touted as Calgary's best prospect, it's time for Mikael to make the jump from a prospect to a fully fledged role player. Entering his third year with Calgary, this season just may provide the opportunity for the young Swede to show just what he can do, with a little ambition and a lot of hard work.
August 23 2011 11:47PM
As the Flames prepare for the last season before the next lockout (there's only some much optimism I'm capable of), one of the likely strong suits of this year's team will be the middle of the order. We've spent plenty of time around these parts bemoaning the lack of a clear number one center, and absent some fairly strange occurrences, that's not likely to change, but the Flames' overall depth at forward is the one factor that might haul them into the second season. With that in mind, there's one line I'd like to see assembled from opening day.
August 22 2011 12:51PM
It has been discussed around these parts in several comment strings, but the point should be covered in a full article: Brent Sutter's decision making has improved by leaps and bounds since he was first installed behind the bench, likely for more than one reason. One of the reasons to look forward to 2011-12 is that the Flames head coach is positioned to deploy his troops in the most ideal ways possible.