NHL News and Notes

Robert Cleave
June 23 2010 06:08PM

                                         

 

With player movement beginning to heat up, it seems like a good time to have a look around the league for a few items of interest. This week, the first significant trades of the off-season are in the books, the players take the escalator, and the HHoF's new class includes one of the Flames' founders.

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Flames 2010 Draft targets

Kent Wilson
June 23 2010 12:36PM

WINDSOR, ON - JANUARY 20: Ryan Martindale #77 of Team Orr poses for a portrait prior to the 2010 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects game on January 20, 2010 at the WFCU Centre in Windsor, Ontario. Martindale plays for the Ottawa 67's (OHL). (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

 

Predicting picks in the NHL entry draft outside of, say, the top 5 is a bit of a fools errand. Not only do we not have access to the Flames draft board, where the club's scouts would rank order the kids available, we also can't anticipate the moves of the 29 other franchises on the day.

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Sutter at the Draft - Player Trades

Robert Cleave
June 22 2010 02:19PM

 

 

 

With this weekend's draft having the air of a very busy trading period around the league, I wanted to review Darryl Sutter's history from draft weekends past, with a particular emphasis on moves where the Flames exchanged NHLers for NHLers. I'll look at three specific moves from the '06-'08 draft weekends, both from a hockey POV as well as from a cap-management perspective. 

 

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Flames 2010-2011 Schedule Released

Kent Wilson
June 22 2010 10:57AM

EDMONTON, AB - OCTOBER 3:  Goalie Nikolai Khabibulin and Sheldon Souray of the Edmonton Oilers react as David Moss #25 celebrates his winning goal with teammates (L-R) Jay Bouwmeester, Rene Bourque, Daymond Langkow and Dion Phaneuf in the third period during an NHL game on October 3, 2009 at Rexall Arena in Edmonton, Canada. The Calgary Flames defeated the Edmonton Oilers 4-3. (Photo by Jimmy Jeong/Getty Images)

 

The Flames will begin the season on the road versus Taylor Hall (maybe?) and the Edmonton Oilers on October 7. Other dates of note inlcude:

The Flames have their home opener on Sunday, October 10th as they host the Los Angeles Kings. The Flames' annual New Year's Eve home game has Calgary hosting the Colorado Avalanche for a 7:00 pm start at the Pengrowth Saddledome. The Christmas schedule includes home games against Vancouver (December 1st), Tampa Bay (December 7th), Columbus (December 13th), Toronto (December 16th), Minnesota (December 18th) and Buffalo (December 27th). Calgary will face the Edmonton Oilers on New Years Day, Saturday January 1 at Rexall Place.

Personally, I just hope there's less back-to-backs this year.

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UFA Profiles - Mayers and McGrattan

Pat Steinberg
June 21 2010 08:46PM

TORONTO, ON - NOVEMBER 14:  Brian McGratton #10 of the Calgary Flames takes a big punch off the nose from Colton Orr #28 of the Toronto Maple Leafs on November 14, 2009 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

 

As the draft approaches on Friday, I figured it'd be good to get the final two pending Flames UFA's out of the way.  So far, we've covered Conroy, Higgins and Nystrom, with debate going both ways on each guy.  I think the final two will have much less debate surrounding them, as we move to Jamal Mayers and Brian McGrattan.

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