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.)
May 14 2015 01:00PM
When Brad Treliving first came on as the Flames' GM, there was immediate speculation that he would ultimately be a puppet for President of Hockey Operations Brian Burke. It made perfect sense to the conspiracy theorist, after all: Burke is a very well-known name in hockey, and he has a reputation for being rather vocal, headstrong, and getting his way.
So despite claims from Burke that he just wanted to step away and let Treliving do his job, there was a questioning air around the rookie GM every time a move was made. It was especially strong at the start of his tenure, but as the season went on and not a lot happened, it gradually began to fade.
With the Flames' season over, and Treliving' postseason presser with it, he seems to be firmly in the driver's seat.
Now that he's out of Burke's shadow, this off-season will be crucial in establishing Treliving's identity.
May 14 2015 11:00AM
If there's one player whose stock rose a ton internally this year, it was Kris Russell.
A newly-minted alternate captain, Russell was relied upon heavily this season in his pairing with Dennis Wideman - especially with the thinness of the blueline's third pairing all-year (and moreso when Mark Giordano went down). When things got scary and uncertainty swirled around, Russell and Wideman were there to give the team some stability.
But was Russell as good as he appeared?