Weekend Open Thread: Build Your AHL Adirondack Depth Chart

Kent Wilson
July 19 2014 02:48PM


The Calgary Flames has a lot of kids battling for jobs at both levels of the organization this upcoming season. While more than a few are going to get a cup of coffee with the big team at some point due to injury and such, the truth there is probably only one or two FT jobs available for the hopefuls. That means an interest roster for the Adirondack Flames.

Calgary's AHL club has lost a few veterans but is also getting an infusion of youngsters, including Bill Arnold, Ryan Culkin, Brett Kulak, Emile Poirier and (maybe) a full season of Patrick Sieloff to boot. Add in sophomores like Corban Knight, Ben Hanowski and John Ramage and you have a pretty decent (but pretty young) roster to work with.

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An Open Letter To Curtis Glencross

July 18 2014 11:06AM


Via NHL.com

Dear Curtis Glencross,



Flames fans.

I'm being told I need to delve deeper into this, so I guess that's what I'll do.

In reference to this interview you gave, Mister Glencross, the one where you're talking about working on a contract extension now for some reason, the one where you go on record saying you're not willing to play for a hometown discount? That one? Yes, we the undersigned have a few issues with it, and if it's okay with you, we'd like to go over them in some detail? Good? Good.

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Nation World HQ
July 18 2014 09:12AM

The most boring stretch for any hockey fan is between now and early September. We do our best to scratch that hockey itch below.

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2014-15: A Huge Year for Pending RFAs

Ryan Pike
July 18 2014 08:02AM

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As we creep closer to the kick-off of the 2014-15 season, it begins to dawn on me that this season is pretty important for the Calgary Flames, and a lot of the organization's players.

Okay, ignore the whole "Play Whack for Jack (Eichel)" or "(Play With) No Honor for Connor" aspect. If you look at Calgary's roster, outside of a few names, it'll be the same team that played well (and finished 27th) last year.

But next summer could see a lot of changes and allow Brad Treliving to put his stamp on the team in a big, big way.

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Flames Next Steps - Get Competitive by 2016-17

Kent Wilson
July 17 2014 08:51PM


In this series we've already noted the Flames need to up their functional toughness and improve their blueline depth behind Mark Giordano and TJ Brodie in order to climb out of the Western Conference basement. This final part is more focused on the "when" than the "how". Although I'm sure the team's executives and fans would prefer sooner rather than later, the more realistic deadline for the club to be a threat again is two seasons from now: 2016-17.

Relative to some other rebuilds we've been witness to (ahem, Oilers), 2016 is a fairly aggressive and optimistic expectation. But it's grounded in reality. 

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