January 15 2013 01:48PM
(By the way, how amazing is this picture? I'm not entirely sure, but I believe it was created by a clearly brilliant artist named Mathieu Boulet, and I
stole liberated it from this article over at the Manitoban. Brusty!)
Training camp is in full swing now, and while the Flames feel they have most of their roster more or less filled, there are one or two possibly intriguing roster battles (mostly more bottom six roles, but considering the top two lines are mostly set if injured people stop being injured (JAROME!), by comparison it's some interesting stuff.
One of these struggles comes born out of all the wrong reasons, and that is for the role of the backup goaltender. We all know your Calgary Flames are looking to find the ABSOLUTE PERFECT GUY to play maybe 4 games this season, and currently that battle is between Henrik Karlsson and Leland Irving, which I think I soeak for everyone when I say "zzzzzzzzzzzzz...."
Read on, won't you, as we delve into why perhaps a couple of hidden gems in Abbotsford might be just a better choice overall.
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.