May 20 2010 11:52AM
According to Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail, the latest rumor du jour around town is that Calgary Hitman GM (and former Flame) Kelly Kisio will join the Flames decision makers in order to "assist" (not too sure what that means) Darryl Sutter. Of course, as Maki notes, the Flames have previously raided their junior teams staff by scooping up the Hitmen's erstwhile head coach (and also former Flame) Dave Lowry.
May 20 2010 07:57AM
I feel like Alladin when he met Jasmine...it's a whole new world when it comes to how you watch hockey and evaluate players. Apparently, they call them "advanced stats"...and for the guys and gals who have been using and applying them for the past few years, it's second nature. For those of us who are just learning, it's a whole lot of fun.
May 19 2010 09:04PM
I stumbled across a very interesting article by the Chief North American Central Scout Mark Seidel today. Entitled "Why NHL Teams Fail at the Draft" much of what he discusses resonates with my own thoughts on prospect evaluation. It's also relevant for the Calgary Flames, a team that clearly fails at the draft.
May 17 2010 10:59AM
As we've established, the Flames will have to start making some hard decisions about their "cornerstone players" over the next year or two. The position of the organization is well known by this time: limited cap space, aging assets, a general lack of quality prospects. I've already made a case that Iginla is a poor bet to provide value for his contract as he ages. If the team is unable - or unwilling - to move the face of the franchise, Kipper might be the next best asset to put on the auction block.
May 17 2010 08:42AM
I did this back in the first round of the NHL postseason, as there were quite a few former members of the Calgary Flames making some sort of impact on their playoff team. Well, now, as the Western and Eastern Conference Finals are underway, I thought I'd go back and track how some of these former members were doing.