August 26 2014 01:30PM
The Calgary Flames signed winger Devin Setoguchi earlier this week.
Setoguchi has had a weird career, production-wise. He was the 8th overall pick in 2005 by the San Jose Sharks, after a nearly point-per-game season in the WHL (and a point-per-game performance at the World Under-18s). After a productive junior career, he went pro and went CRAZY in his first full season in San Jose.
He scored 31 goals in 2008-09 (as a 22 year old). But he played primarily with Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton, so heck, a lot of players would've scored that much with those guys. But it's not like he was thrown to the wolves.
Outside of that season, he has been much less productive.
August 26 2014 08:30AM
That goal was sweet. Kris Russell, outta nowhere! (in fact, that would be a fitting title of a novella written about his 2013-14 season). Ending that 2810481 year jinx in Chicago was nice and that got a win for Reto Berra, which didn't happen often.
It is fair to say that Kris Russell has far-exceeded the expectations of someone acquired for a fifth round pick. After a strong start to last season, Russell was rewarded with a two-year extension that brings him under contract until 2016-17 at a very reasonable $2.6 million per season.
Russell has a surprisingly good history of driving possession but played more last year than ever before in his career and his possession numbers suffered. Perhaps the Flames simply asked too much of Russell last season and weren't able to shelter him enough. Let's see what we should expect from Russell this season
August 25 2014 01:30PM
Last time out, I looked at some sober-eyed objective goals for the Flames defense and goaltending using a number of statistical categories.
The conclusions I drew from the previous article were that we can expect approximately 45 goals from the defense provided the estimated number of games played is fulfilled and that Hiller and Ramo together should be able to post close to a 91.1 SV% allowing around 2.6 goals against per game.
You can review my methodology by scanning the previous article.
August 25 2014 08:30AM
Heading into the summer following the 2011-12 season, the Calgary Flames were in a tight spot. Their core was aging and the team missed the playoffs by a mere 5 points. Opting not to tear it down, then-Flames GM Jay Feaster went on the offensive. Hoping to bolster the power-play, he made a bold move and traded a fifth round pick and the rights to pending minor-league UFA defenseman Jordan Henry to Washington for the rights to Dennis Wideman.
And then he signed Wideman to a big-money, long-term deal.
Shockingly, it hasn't worked out all that well for the Calgary Flames. Or for the Capitals, who flipped that pick to Winnipeg (who turned it into NAHL player Tucker Poolman). Or for Jordan Henry, who ended up in Europe. I guess Wideman got his $5.25 million per year, so he's probably reasonably pleased.
August 23 2014 04:00PM