Scouting Teams Make Their Names In Later Rounds

View image | Tod Button has been Calgary’s head of amateur scouting since late 2001. General managers have come and gone under his watch – if you include interim GMs, he’s on his fifth – but Button soldiers on despite Calgary’s shaky record in the first round. An explanation as to why Button is…


Why The Flames Probably Take A Goalie This Year

View image | The 2015 NHL Draft begins tomorrow evening, and there’s a lot of chatter about the Calgary Flames and goaltenders. The Flames have been linked seemingly to every available goaltender on the market – from Eddie Lack and Martin Stone to Cam Talbot. But I think the speculation is (a) a bit…

Flames 2015-16 Schedule Announced

View image | It’s that strange lull day today between the glitz and awkwardness of the NHL Awards and the excitement of the NHL Draft, so the National Hockey League was nice enough to dump the regular season schedule onto our laps to give us something to talk about besides expansion. The Calgary Flames…


2015 NHL Mock Draft

Every year, everybody and their dog post a mock draft on their hockey blog and swear theirs is the best. Then, the NHL Draft actually starts and it all ends up looking nothing like any of the mock drafts, because the draft itself is wacky and unpredictable. Nonetheless, mock drafts a lot of fun to read and really amp…


Top-10 UFA Countdown: #3 – Cody Franson

Photo Credit: Jake Roth/USA TODAY Sports This is a series counting down the top-10 pending UFAs. It will be posted across the Nation Network over the next month! Enjoy!  When the Nashville Predators acquired Cody Franson and Mike Santorelli in February, everybody thought it was a match made in heaven. After all, the team was…


The Awards That Flames Did Not Win

View image | The NHL Awards are complete, and with their completion comes the reveal of the voting break-downs for the various awards. We’ve already dug into the voting breakdown for the awards that Calgary Flames representatives won – the Jack Adams and the Lady Byng – but how did the Flames fare in…


Thomas Drance’s NHL Awards Ballot

Photo Credit: Jake Roth/USA TODAY Sports This was my first hockey season as a member of the PHWA, and I had the mixed blessing of casting an NHL Awards ballot. It was an honour, but it was also a heavy burden. After years of slamming NHL awards voters for this, that and the other thing, actually having a ballot this season changed…

Consolation Prize: Gaudreau Named To All-Rookie Team

View image | He didn’t win the Calder Memorial Trophy, but Calgary Flames rookie sensation Johnny Gaudreau was honoured by the National Hockey League at the annual year-end awards. Gaudreau was one of six freshmen named to the league’s All-Rookie Team.


Jiri Hudler Wins Lady Byng Memorial Trophy (Now With Video)

View image | The Calgary Flames will leave Nevada with two pieces of hardware, folks. Flames winger Jiri Hudler eased the pain of Johnny Gaudreau finishing third in Calder voting by capturing the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, given to the player who combines the highest levels of on-ice performance and gentlemanly conduct.