July 08 2010 10:56AM
The NHL's first week of free agency has passed with nary an ESPN special in sight, but that doesn't mean that it's been without interest. This week in the round-up, we'll review the fall-out from the Flames' attempt to recreate, well, something or other, as well as news from other clubs, and I'll have a look at the Globe and Mail's series on the potential for new Canadian franchises.
July 07 2010 04:31PM
For the Calgary Flames, the 09-10 season was akin to a ride on a rollercoaster. A season that started full of promise and hope ended as one mired in despair and regret. As one could reasonably expect after such a tumultuous ride, the fans of the team, lost and disheartened, sought guidance.
Direction came in the form of a now infamous post season press conference. Ken King, President of the Flames, revealed that the organization was in the process of hiring one or two people to assist Darryl Sutter, the GM of the team, with his duties. An ‘Assistant GM’ was on the way.
A draft and a free agency period later, nobody has been hired. This has led many in the fan base to question the motives of the announcement. Were the Flames lying to them, to get the heat off Darryl?
Relax Flames fans. The fact that a ‘New Assistant GM’ hasn’t been hired isn’t a reflection of the Flames administrations general disdain for the paying customer. It is actually a result of a simple clerical error. Instead of sending out the ‘want ads’ out to qualified candidates such as Kelly Kisio, a mail room mix-up scattered them to the four corners of the Earth. After much bribery and coercion, Domebeers managed to get a hold of the ‘want ad’.
We now present it to FlamesNation.
July 07 2010 07:30AM
I’d like to discuss Ryan Stone with the denizens of the Nation for a moment. The former Oiler has signed a free agent contract with the Calgary Flames, and while it’s a depth signing he’s a player I’m sorry to see leave the organization.
July 07 2010 02:00AM
One of the interesting bits of news from last week's shock signing of Olli Jokinen was the fact that the Flames had included a No-Movement Clause in the Finn's two year deal. Add in Alex Tanguay's NMC, and the Flames are in a position where 10 members of their current roster have at least some restriction on their movement.
That's currently the most in the NHL, and I suspect that most of you don't consider that development in a positive light.
July 06 2010 06:41PM
According to TSN, the Flames have inked Calgarian and former Edmonton Oiler Ryan Stone to a one year, two-way deal. The 25 year old has been a journeyman NHLer, having appeared in just 35 games in parts of three seasons. Stone has yet to score an NHL goal and has middling results in the AHL.
On the positive side, Stone is big, aggresive and veteran help for the increasingly young Abbotsford Heat. Some may consider Stone to be in the running for the 4th line centerman role on the Flames, but the same was said of Jason Jaffray last year. My guess is Stone is AHLer fodder unless severe injuries hit.