February 14 2014 09:40AM
Once the Olympics are over all that's left for the Flames is the trade deadline and then to play out the string. The Buffalo Sabres currently lead the race to the bottom by a near insurmountable margin - they trail the Edmonton Oilers by 9 points and the Flames/Panthers by 13. No one is catching them.
It's a two horse race for draft position in the West between the Alberta squads. Calgary has two games in hand and four more points than the Oilers. Edmonton has had a decent last 10-game stretch recently, going 5-3-2, but it is mostly a mirage - their possession numbers continue to stink and it has only been 40+ save performances from Ben Scrivens delivering them a few "W's" recently.
February 13 2014 01:40PM
We're headed towards the weekend, which means there's a fair amount of hockey to be discussed. Here's what you need to know for the next few days of action!
February 13 2014 08:40AM
1. Before the break
A few bits of housekeeping here in the final Flames-related Five Thoughts for a few weeks: After this we're on to the Olympics; there are two games on as I type this but Sweden's already pummeling the Czechs and I couldn't care about the Latvian team's fortunes if I had made the roster. And I was one of the last cuts.
February 12 2014 04:55PM
The Olympics men's hockey tournament kicked off earlier today, but the American Hockey League presents a different kind of international showcase tonight in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador in the form of the annual AHL All-Star Game. Rather than present a traditional "all-star game" with two conference teams, the AHL instead is challenging a club team from the idle SHL, Farjestads BK.
Fun fact, Farjestads is (a) Danny Taylor's new team (but he's injured and won't play) and (b) Hakan Loob's team. The game kicked off at 4:30pm MT on Sportsnet.
February 12 2014 10:15AM
(image courtesy our pals at BC Interruption)
Philadelphia-based journalist Al Morganti made an appearance on Sportsnet 960 The Fan this morning and dropped some information on Calgary Flames wunderkind Johnny Gaudreau.
EDIT: Sportsnet960's Twitter quoted Morganti as saying "I'm told that he feels he can't do anything more in college. He'll turn pro with Calgary."