May 13 2016 08:00AM
The Calgary Flames scored themselves a hockey operations coup a couple summers ago when they recruited Brad Pascall into the fold as an assistant general manager.
Arguably most popularly known prior to that hiring as Cassie Campbell-Pascall's spouse, Pascall brought with him a decent hockey-playing resume and an absolutely massive Rolodex of connections that he accrued over a few decades in the national men's team portfolio of Hockey Canada.
After just two short seasons, Pascall's fingerprints are already all over the Flames organization and undoubtedly will play a part in the hiring of the next head coach and his staff.
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May 13 2016 05:00AM
Leafs need to be careful using LTIR for Cap space, Canucks player awaits fathers trial for alleged murder conspiracy, Flames coaching carousel and missing out on an additional first round pick, no Hamonic to Edmonton or anywhere else, Phil Kessel's Cup run is karma for doubters, Pierre McGuire, Alex Ovechkin, the NHL's Top fighters and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by DraftKings.
May 12 2016 12:00PM
Douglas Jonathan "Dougie" Hamilton came to the Calgary Flames in a dramatic manner, moving from the Boston Bruins to the Flames for three draft picks the afternoon prior to the 2015 NHL Draft in Florida. National media waggled their tongues, simultaneously wondering why a 22-year-old would want out of Boston while salivating at the possibilities of Calgary's impressive blueline bunch.
Unfortunately, the bar was perhaps set too high initially for Hamilton. Was his play to the standard of a top-four blueliner making $5.75 million per season? Eventually, yes. But Hamilton's season trajectory was basically a microcosm of the entire club's: they were lost without T.J. Brodie acting as a safety net in October and once they got their wits about them by about mid-to-late November, they were too far out for it to make much of a difference.
May 12 2016 10:00AM
When he was drafted in 2013, Sean Monahan was the Flames' highest pick since the team selected Rico Fata at sixth overall in 1998. He was also symbolic of the organization's fresh commitment to the post-Iginla rebuild.
There was also little doubt that Monahan would be picked by the Flames at the time. The club searched in vain for a prototypical top-line centre for nearly Iginla's entire tenure in Calgary (Olli Jokinen doesn't count), so it was a no-brainer when the 6'3, 200 pound pivot fell to them at sixth.
May 12 2016 08:00AM
A slight development in the Calgary Flames coaching search emerged yesterday, as Minnesota Wild beat reporter extraordinaire Mike Russo revealed a bit of info via a tweet:
Yeo was under contract with the Wild for another season but was relieved of his coaching duties in February during the seemingly annual Minnesota mid-season lull. Interim coach John Torchetti came in and managed to turn things around.
One of the youngest head coaches in the league when he initially took the helm of the Wild to begin the 2011-12 season, Yeo has five years (and three playoff seasons) under his belt as a head coach along with a good resume as an AHL head coach and an assistant coach in Pittsburgh, where he won a Stanley Cup.
Could he be a fit as Calgary's next head coach?