August 24 2015 03:30PM
As we roar onwards with our All-Time Flames Team, we get to a player that never really put up insane numbers but was crucial to the Calgary Flames success in the 1980s - Jim Peplinski!
While he wasn't quite as good as Calgary's elite players, Peplinski personified teamwork, on-ice leadership and toughness. And he was good enough to play with the team's elite players, as well as rugged enough to make space for them when they needed somebody to.
August 24 2015 01:00PM
At number 10 with our annual prospect profile series is one of the accidentally most controversial players in the Flames' system: high school prep-turned college player Mark Jankowski.
Whether you love him, hate him, think he's the future, or think he's a bust, one thing is undeniable about Jankowski: he gets this fanbase riled up like nothing else. It's impossible not to have an opinion on this guy. You all do. Each and every single one of you. Don't let me down, comments section.
Because ever since Jay Feaster declared this random high schooler would, within 10 years' time, be viewed as the best player of the 2012 draft, everything has gotten as out of control as that statement.
August 23 2015 09:29PM
(This is a lengthy post look at the economics and politics surrounding the Flames arena proposal. Fair warning.)
After years of whispers and innuendo, the Calgary Flames finally announced their proposed arena plans last week. The CalgaryNext project is, unfortunately, drawn from the same playbook as the Edmonton Ice District and dozens of other North American arena projects over the last decade: stick the public with most of the cost while keeping most of the profits.
Of course, that reality isn't made explicit in any of the presentations or PR materials you will see as this debate ramps up. In order to make an informed decision here are ways you can bust through the marketing buzz words and purposeful obfuscation around the arena project moving forward.
August 23 2015 11:00AM
When once, enforcers were a staple in a hockey team's lineup, today, they're a dying breed. More and more teams are starting to cast aside their tough, five-minutes-a-night guys in favour of players who can take a regular shift, and be counted on to do a little more than provide security and intimidation.
That's not to say big players aren't valued. That will never be the case. But in the changing landscape of the NHL, it's not good enough to simply be big anymore. You need to add something else to the table to keep your spot.
As enforcers start to depart from the league in favour of the minors, and even overseas - remember Kevin Westgarth? He ended up in he EIHL - more and more teams are following each others' leads.
Now, the Flames are one of those teams.
August 22 2015 02:30PM
We've spent the last two weeks unveiling the annual FlamesNation Top 20 ranking of Calgary Flames prospects down. We've got ten down, and we've got ten more yet to come.
For the curious, our requirement? Calder Trophy eligibility. So if you're seeking out names like Markus Granlund, Micheal Ferland and Joni Ortio - who aren't yet NHL regulars - you're not going to be seeing them here. All have gone over the requirement of not playing 25+ NHL games in a single season (or six or more in any two previous seasons).
For those of you who may have missed it, or who just want a refresher before the Top 10 kicks off on Monday, here's a rundown for your perusal.