July 20 2012 11:21AM
(Rex continues his rebuilding Odyssey series. Today he looks at the Cup champs.)
What is the common belief about the Kings rebuild? Was it injuries that annihilated them and put them into a high draft position to which they then became addicted? Did ownership want to cut costs? Was it repeated failure to win a Stanley Cup after years of trying to import high-end talent?
July 20 2012 08:09AM
Just a year and a half after retiring from playing hockey, Craig Conroy remains just as visible as he was as a player. The former Flames captain retired in February 2011 and joined the management side of the business as assistant to then-interim general manager Jay Feaster. Now he's part of a hockey operations brain-trust that includes assistant general manager John Weisbrod and a handful of others who influence decision-making when it comes to key events such as the trade deadline and the NHL Draft.
A few weeks removed from the 2012 edition of the draft, Conroy reflected on the draft weekend experience and the development of some of Calgary's prospects with FlamesNation's Ryan Pike at Flames development camp.
July 19 2012 02:29PM
This second nerd camp update is about successful youth: Mini Daddy - featured above - and Mark Zuckerberg as you will see shortly. It is NOT about your local squadon's efficient penalty killing or the fact that Shea Weber is now richer than Zuckerberg and Mini Daddy combined. You have been warned before making the jump.
July 19 2012 01:02PM
Shea Weber is smiling knowing that he will make $110 million for the remainder of his NHL career. That's some pretty sweet financial security for Weber, but I wonder what Preds' GM David Poile is thinking right now?
Does he match or take four first-round picks?
July 19 2012 10:52AM
Long considered proponents of drafting WHL defenders (see also: Dion Phaneuf), the Calgary Flames went predictably to the Dub in the 2012 Entry Draft, selecting Brett Kulak in the fourth round. However, Kulak's a bit of an oddity, being an Alberta native playing in Vancouver who admits to having cheered for the Edmonton Oilers (albeit in the past).
FlamesNation's Ryan Pike spoke with Kulak this week at Flames development camp.