May 15 2015 01:00PM
T.J. Brodie had two seasons.
The first was 61 games playing almost exclusively with Mark Giordano, Norris trophy front-runner. The second was 21 games, playing primarily in tandem with either Deryk Engelland or David Schlemko. He was downright fantastic with Giordano. He was pretty darn good otherwise, but he was less impressive with non-Giordano partners.
In other news: water is wet. And Brodie is a really good, rapidly improving defenseman.
May 15 2015 11:00AM
People have a tendency to get distracted and/or focused on shiny new toys. This can lead to older, less shiny toys being disregarded, cast away as "not as awesome" or something else silly, even though they're still friggin' great toys.
In this scenario, Sean Monahan and Sam Bennett are shiny new toys. The pair of extremely high draft picks and extremely young centres are expected to one day develop into elite talent and lead the Flames to the promised land.
Mikael Backlund is the less shiny toy, and not rightfully so. He's been around so long and never scored enough points to people's liking, so some find it easy to dismiss him (like that time Markus Granlund got nine points in 10 games, a thing that did not happen again).
They're wrong. Backlund is crucial to the Flames' success. With the team growing and young, high end talent stepping in, he's more important than ever.
May 15 2015 09:20AM
There was a time, not long ago, where Dennis Wideman may have been regarded as the biggest waste of cap space on the Calgary Flames roster.
Reports were that last summer, the Flames did everything they could to rid themselves of his contract. They couldn't, and luckily for them, Wideman responded with his best offensive season in years. In the locker room, he seemed jovial and much more at-ease than he had in years past. It came across in his play, particularly down the stretch as he and Kris Russell were heavily relied-upon with Mark Giordano on the sidelines.
But offensive numbers aren't everything. How was Wideman's season on the whole?
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May 15 2015 06:45AM
Todd McLellan and Oilers real close, will there be an Eakins and Leafs reunion, Flames season recap and stockpile of draft picks, Eddie Lack could be on the move, summer plans, NHL draft, free agency, playoffs and more in this weeks Roundup brought to you by DraftKings.
May 14 2015 03:00PM
Mark Giordano nearly won the Norris this season.
If not for a bizarre injury three-quarters through the season in New Jersey, which saw his bicep torn off the bone, Giordano would've probably been crowned the NHL's top defender. Instead, he remains uncrowned despite two stellar partial seasons.
But just how good was Giordano this season? (Spoiler: pretty damn good.)