August 08 2016 04:45PM
The Stockton Heat bolstered their veteran/tough forward quota today by signing the former captain of the Syracuse Crunch Mike Angelidis, a 2016 AHL All-Star and member of the 2011-12 Calder Cup Champion Norfolk Admirals.
If this is a sign that the Flames are moving away from stocking their AHL roster with "character guys" like Colton Orr, then I am all for it. Angelidis was widely loved in Syracuse and has at least some ability to score. Let's meet Mike Angelidis after the jump!
August 08 2016 12:00PM
When the Flames drafted Sean Monahan sixth overall in 2013, it signalled a new era in Calgary. Not only was it right at the start of the rebuild: it was the seemingly the first time in ages the Flames actually had someone who could actually be, at least one day, considered a first line centre.
Two years into his career, and that's where Monahan was playing. But while before, the team was devoid of centres - including having to ask wingers to play down the middle - today, it's the least worrying position.
The top three centres on the Flames are Monahan, Mikael Backlund, and Sam Bennett - with Bennett's potential still to be defined as he enters just his second season. With Monahan firmly cementing himself in the top two at the position - and with a new contract coming up, presumably at some point - let's talk about him.
August 08 2016 08:00AM
It's back! The FlamesNation Top 20 Prospect Countdown is here, and it starts today with number 20, Ryan Culkin.
It's August, which means we are starting to get closer to training camp and an end to the miserable, depressing, hockey-free existence that comes in the dog days of summer. As such, we'll be counting down the Flames' 20 best prospects, defined as Flames eligible for the Calder Trophy this season. A full explanation can be found here.
First up is Ryan Culkin, who has slid from number 13 last year and is coming off a very disappointing season split between the AHL and the ECHL. Come read all about it after the jump!
August 07 2016 02:00PM
Starting tomorrow, for the next month, we'll be covering the Flames' top 20 prospects, as ranked by all of us here at FlamesNation. We each submitted a list of who we think are the Flames' top 20 kids - those who still count as NHL rookies, and in essence, are still eligible to win the Calder Trophy - and formed an aggregate list based on all of our opinions.
Are we experts? Well, maybe amateur ones; we're nerds who pay a lot of attention. But there are plenty of people out there who know more than we do, so we either saw what they already had to say, or talked to them ourselves for further insight on the hopes for the Flames' future.
The top 20 kicks off tomorrow morning, and will run until just before Labour Day weekend. In the meantime, let's take a look at those who found themselves on the outside looking in.
August 06 2016 08:00AM
Aside from re-signing a couple of key guys, the Calgary Flames' off-season does, for all intents and purposes, appear to be over. New pieces have been brought in, and the hope is that they'll improve the team from a rather disappointing 2015-16 season.
New pieces - and some young pieces, too. In an interview on SiriusXM, Brad Treliving namedropped 10 players who he expects to, in some capacity, push for a job in the NHL this season (roughly the 14:45 mark).
Hunter Shinkaruk, Emile Poirier, Daniel Pribyl, Mark Jankowski, Garnet Hathaway, Freddie Hamilton, Brett Kulak, Tyler Wotherspoon, Oliver Kylington, and Rasmus Andersson should be names to watch this upcoming season.