June 19 2011 11:06AM
And, we're done. The on-ice portion of the NHL season has ended after 8 1/2 months with a new champion. For the rest of the league, that means business off-ice is about to pick up, and as a non-fan of the two finalists, not a minute too soon. In this collection of newsworthy bits from around the league, the Flames continue to bolster their staff, the champs are feted, and recriminations from the aftermath of Wednesday's events on the West Coast begin.
June 18 2011 11:44AM
I am mostly convinced the Flames should expend their first round pick on a forward this year. The forwards corps of this org are rather dismal outside of one or two bright spots, and even those guys aren't guaranteed to be impact guys in the NHL. In fact, I'd say you can count the number of forwards who project to be consistent top-6 producers on no hands, if you catch my drift.
June 17 2011 03:19PM
Unfortunately, Rebecca Black decided to take her video off YouTube, so my Friday is effectively ruined. That said, it's a busy Friday surrounding the Calgary Flames, as they've filled out their coaching vacancies and they've also got some good and bad news from Hockey Canada. With FlamesNation getting ready to head to the draft next week, a busy summer is just getting started.
June 17 2011 01:08PM
Our indefatigble leader asked his vast array of Tweeps earlier today if there was a draft subject that might be of interest as we head into the last week before the annual cattle auction, and it appears people are wondering what it would take for the Flames to add another first rounder or move up the order from 13th. It's a decent question, and with the rather unsettled nature of this year's draft, the possibility exists that a few teams might be willing to swap a pick if the right circumstances arose.
June 17 2011 08:10AM
Now that the cup has been awarded and Vancouver has been razed to the ground, the NHL off-season can begin in earnest. First-up: the buy-out period, where gluttonous NHL general managers can buy some indulgences from the league for their past indiscretions. Glen Sather was the first guy reported to be readying a buyout for the ill-fated Drury contract, although the word out now is he can't (ha-ha!).