January 03 2013 09:25AM
The holiday season is both a quiet and busy time for hockey.
On one hand, most junior, college and pro teams get time off from regular play for the holidays. On the other hand, there are a lot of international and other tournaments that take place over the holiday break.
January 02 2013 11:12PM
Four Flames prospects face-off this morning in a Canada/US rematch. Johnny Gaudreau, Pat Sieloff and Jon Gillies for the red, white and blue versus Tyler Wotherspoon for the Canucks.
January 02 2013 03:51PM
Another day, another CBA update. Happy new year!
In case you missed it, the league forwarded a comprehensive proposal to the players union last week. Since that time, the two sides have met several times and exchanged more proposals, including the PA's recent counter today.
January 02 2013 01:08PM
This is a continuation of a series in which I propose a method of rebuilding the Flames organization. For a frame of reference, you can go to the first in the series here.
To date, the team has drafted a high-end center prospect within the top ten (estimated at 6th overall, at the 2013 draft and added another high-end pick, estimated at around 9th overall, either a forward or defenseman. The remainder of the draft would be run with an eye to skill and hockey intelligence at all positions. Seven selections were made, two in the first round.
Rebuilding the Flames - Year 2
At the end of year one and going into training camp for year two, 2013-2014, the roster looks like this:
January 02 2013 10:36AM
See: the previous year in review.
That's more than a tab glib, but the truth is despite the change in management and other shuffles in the upper office, the Calgary Flames season was more than a little reminiscent of the one before it: the club came out of the gates slowly, sunk to the bottom of the western conference by Christmas and then rebounded just enough in the new year to challenge for a playoff spot, eschew any meaningful roster changes and then bow out of the playoff picture in the last week or two of action. A familiar script three years running.