July 12 2012 07:45AM
1. The Backlund deal
As you all know I have been hyper-critical of the Flames' contract decisions in this offseason — Wideman, enough said — and while I would love to continue to be outraged over this kind of stuff, frankly, the Backlund deal is very, very good.
July 11 2012 04:48PM
(FN's Ryan Pike managed to talk to a number of the Flames prospects during prospect camp this week. This talk with second round defender Patrick Sieloff is the first of a series of interviews)
Observers at this year's development camp can't help but notice 2012 second round pick Patrick Sieloff. A graduate of the highly-touted U.S. National Development Team (and a gold medalist at the Under-18 World Championships), he's been throwing some big hits and making some plays as he prepares to join the OHL's Windsor Spitfires in the fall. FlamesNation's Ryan Pike chatted with him earlier this week.
July 11 2012 12:02PM
A few items in my head today. First up is yet another defense of Mikael Backlund. Well, sort of -
Backlund's season was pretty poor when you look at the statsline of course - 11 points. When the brain notes "11 points" and "season", it's easy to forget that the kid only appeared in 41 games rather than 82. In addition, "game" is also a somewhat misleading unit of measure - some guys play a lot at both ES and the PP and with better players than others. As a result, a player like Jarome Iginla will get a lot more opportunities - more "iterations" - to work himself out of a dry spell than the Backlund's and the Jackman's of the world.
July 10 2012 07:23PM
I managed to make it to the afternoon session of the Flames prospects camp today. Luckily it was a scrimmage so I got to see the kids in game action, which makes it easier to evaluate them.
July 10 2012 10:34AM
The Flames lone remaining RFA is goaltender Leland Irving. A first round pick in 2006, Irving has played four seasons in the AHL and had a handful of contests in the show. At the onset of the off-season, he was the guy many were penciling in to be Kipper's back-up this coming season, but the longer his contract negotiations stretch out, the more it seems his future with the organization is jeopardy.