September 14th, 2017Over the next couple of months, The Hockey Writers will be releasing a series of bold predictions. Team by team, this series will take shape as we look at some of the more questionable possibilities that could come into fruition during the 2017-18 season.
Talk of a new arena and speculation of a possible move are just two of the storylines flooding the Calgary area as the Flames get set to open the 2017-18 season. A new tandem in net and the...
September 7th, 2017Last offseason, the Calgary Flames made a huge splash by signing Troy Brouwer to a four-year, $18 million deal. At that time, Brouwer had just completed a spectacular playoff run with the St. Louis Blues. He was one of their most important players because of his defensive play and leadership. Most importantly, he will always be remembered for scoring the winning goal of Game 7 against the Chicago Blackhawks. With this in mind, the signing was...
There's just over a month before the first puck drops on the 2017-18 NHL season. The Calgary Flames kick off their season on October 4th against the Edmonton Oilers after an eventful off-season. General Manager Brad Treliving overhauled the goalies, re-signed key pieces and tightened up the defence in hopes of building off 2016-17's promising, but ultimately disappointing, season. There are, however, some questions that remain unanswered.
Will Mike Smith's Penalties Exceed his Shutouts?
This question is not as crazy as it sounds. Last season, Mike Smith didn't notch his first shutout until...August 29th, 2017
Could there be some closure for big-name free agents on the horizon? Is there a team that is "officially" done for the summer? Where are the kids from college going to sign?
No Ducks, No Oilers, But Maybe the Flames?
Elliotte Friedman took a look at some of the key remaining free agents and near the top of his list was Jaromir Jagr. It's still a mystery to many that Jagr hasn't landed anywhere yet, but there may be a reason.
When speculating on what's happening with Jagr, Friedman said:
I know some teams that have kind of talked and taken a look at it. I think Calgary has been one...August 23rd, 2017
This offseason the Calgary Flames knew that they needed to find goaltending stability. It was their achilles heel last year and the reason behind their downfall. For the Flames to have playoff success, they need to be far better in that department.
Heading into last season, the Flames had this exact problem. At the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, they thought they found their answer by acquiring Brian Elliott from the St. Louis Blues. Elliott was coming off a strong season where he had a respectable .930 save percentage.
As the season began, it became clear that Elliott was the wrong goalie....August 17th, 2017
Mikka Kiprusoff's nine-year stint as the best goalie in Calgary Flames history ended on April 23, 2013, a 4-3 loss to the Nashville Predators. This prosaic bookend to his 12-year NHL career was his 14th loss of the 2012-2013 season; versus eight wins. He had posted his lowest save percentage (.822) since the 2002-2003 season - where he appeared in only 22 games for the San Jose Sharks - and the highest GAA (3.44) of his career. It was time to step down.
King Kiprusoff Reigns
Kiprusoff was worn out and run down by 2013; wasted like Rick Grimes in the late Walking Dead seasons. Calgarians...August 16th, 2017
Even at age 45, Jaromir Jagr is still one of the most productive players in the NHL. He still has the ability to rack up points and also plays with a physical edge. Yet, as the offseason is coming to a close, Jagr still finds himself without an NHL home and that is extremely shocking.
Although Jagr had a down year this past season, he still managed to put up 46 points. This was on a Florida Panthers club that did not offer him much support. Jagr should be able to find himself another chance to play sooner rather than later.
Others have also come up with reasons why Jagr would fit...August 14th, 2017
When Sam Bennett was drafted fourth overall by the Calgary Flames in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, it was initially met with great praise. At the time, he was rated as the top North American skater of the draft class and easily was projected to be at a minimum, a top-six centerman.
Yet, after two complete seasons with the club, Bennett has yet to reach the statistical output that many thought he would achieve by now. In fact, his overall production actually decreased his second season in the league, so it is easy to comprehend why the team is worried about his development.
A Tale of Two...August 13th, 2017