September 01 2014 08:30AM
Finally, Johnny Gaudreau is set to turn pro. The tiny winger (5’7’’ and 150 pounds) is the Flames’ smallest prospect, but also by far and away their most skilled. Everything Gaudreau has done so far suggests he’s an elite player in very elite company (see here and here). He’s proven everything he’s needed to at the junior and college level. His options are the NHL or the AHL. Where does he end up and what can we expect?
August 30 2014 09:15AM
Well, as the expected date of the beginning of rookie camp - September 11 - inches closer and closer, the Calgary Flames have continued to add older bodies, inviting defenseman Sheldon Brookbank to training camp.
August 29 2014 02:14PM
Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving has bemoaned the team's lack of defensive depth all summer. He's seemingly taken a step towards fixing that, via a training camp invitation.
August 29 2014 10:15AM
I could have stopped 'em all, I could've stopped you. Up there, Burke's the law, out here on the ice it's me
- an especially badass Karri Ramo, vigilante and goalkeeper
You've patiently sat through an entire August of Reasonable Expectations, and you're still here reading this (good for you!), so today I thought I'd switch things up and give you a Reasonable Expectations piece - ON A GOALIE!
As far as Flames netminders go, this coming season is going to be the most noteworthy since way back to when Miikka Kiprusoff retired. The long time Flames faithful who can remember that far back know what I'm talking about. The battle to tend the cage is as open as it was last season, but with the caveat that what makes it worth mentioning this time is that Karri Ramo's opponents are not Reto Berra and Joey MacDonald. Nay, this year Karri has to go toe to toe with an actual NHL goalie in Jonas Hiller, and it's up to him to prove he's worth it.
And if he can't, well, he can always go back to killing lawmen who try to arrest him unjustly.
August 29 2014 08:30AM
After weeks and weeks of rumours and heresay, our pals at Sportsnet made things official earlier yesterday with the announcements of their television and radio broadcast teams for Calgary Flames games.
The television team will feature Rick Ball and Kelly Hrudey, presumably for all regional games and the majority of national games involving the Flames. The radio team will have newcomer Derek Wills join Peter Loubardias for all regular season and pre-season contests.