July 20 2011 09:25AM
It should be established that the Calgary Flames aren't a bad team. In fact, aside from their back-to-back 10th places finishes in the Western Conference, there are lots of measures and facts that suggest they're actually pretty good. Mitch Smith of M&G recently looked at the various metrics in which an individual Flame finished top-five in the league last year. And despite what you might hear about Calgary's on-going offensive woes, the team finished top-10 in terms of total offense with 241 goals for and top-10 in terms of goals for at even strength (163 GF). After stumbling out of the gate, the Flames PP also finished in the top-third of the league (19.5%).
July 19 2011 01:24PM
You're going to hear a lot of talk in the coming week about Chris Osgood. A lot of that talk is going to include the word "great."
And all of it is going to be 100 percent incorrect.
July 18 2011 04:39PM
Niclas Bergfors. Tyler Kennedy. Torrey Mitchell. Scott Gomez. Martin Hanzal. Scottie Upshall. Nikolay Zherdev. Peter Regin. Michael Frolik.
What do all nine of these players have in common?
July 18 2011 02:58PM
When defenceman Adam Pardy signed a two year, $4 million contract with the Dallas Stars on July 1st, I was like many who felt the Calgary Flames had made the right move in letting him walk. I was a proponent of keeping Pardy on the team for a reasonable price, but his pricetag in Texas did not fit that cateogry. Regardless of salary, though, Pardy leaves the only pro franchise he's ever known and views Dallas as a great opportunity to move his career forward.
July 18 2011 11:51AM
Now that Brendan Morrison is back in the fold, the Flames have at least five NHL centerman at their disposal, including Mikael Backlund, Olli Jokinen, Daymond Langkow and Matt Stajan. The last three guys make $3+ million year while Backlund made a strong case to move up the depth chart last season. Like the club's ever growing collection of depth defensemen, Calgary's situation down the middle seems to similar with lots of middling guys and fewer top-end options.