January 15 2013 11:15AM
As Flames training camp roars on this week, thoughts drift to the players that aren't here. Those are, generally, the players that are too young to be here – the prospects.
Here's what they've been up to as of late.
January 15 2013 07:07AM
I recently wrote an article for NHLNumbers on some of interesting restricted free agents still waiting to be signed. Amongst them was 21-year old Avalanche center Ryan O'Reilly. A former second round pick who made the NHL immediately as an 18-year old, O'Reilly is perhaps the best target for a potential Flames offer sheet for a number of reasons.
January 14 2013 03:11PM
Monday was the second day of Flames training camp and the first day featuring a scrimmage. I attended and managed to jot a few notes during the action.
January 14 2013 12:11PM
'Speak softly but carry a big stick'; Theodore Roosevelt once said that. Whether or not TJ Brodie is a student of presidential history or not, Roosevelt's motto is a perfect fit for the young defenceman.
Following his 54 game season last year, Brodie was shipped off to the AHL for the duration of the lockout. His puck skills have been clearly NHL-calibre on the farm, but his overall dominance while on the ice for the Heat is what is really worth noting.
A 'young' 21 when he made his debut, the now 22-year-old Brodie looks set to step forward for the Flames. We caught up with him after Friday night's 3-1 loss to Chicago, before he shipped off to Calgary for training camp.
January 14 2013 10:36AM
With a few injury exceptions, the Flames players and hopefuls had their first skate yesterday. They'll be on the ice everyday this week and we will likely have at least one writer in attendance to report some observations. For now, here's a few things that are bouncing around my head.