A Look at the Calgary Flames' All-Stars

A Look at the Calgary Flames' All-Stars

January 23rd, 2020 The Calgary Flames are sending a few players to the 2020 Honda NHL All-Star game in St. Louis, MO this year. It's a deserving honor for those selected, two of whom are making their first career appearance at the event, and one who might be making his final one. There is also a 'Last Man Standing'...
Flames' Disappointing Performances Headlined by Gaudreau

Flames' Disappointing Performances Headlined by Gaudreau

January 23rd, 2020 The Calgary Flames head into the NHL All Star break in a four-way tie for second place in the Pacific Division standings with 57 points, just one point back of the first-place Vancouver Canucks. Despite being in the midst of a very tight Western Conference playoff race, the Flames are just one...

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January 18th, 2020
Flames Goaltending

Don’t believe the hype that there’s a Calgary Flames goaltending controversy. The only controversy should be how analysts refuse to give David Rittich the respect he’s earned as the team’s undisputed No. 1 in front of Cam Talbot. Rittich's Path to the NHL There are a lot of theories as to why hockey fans outside Calgary find it hard to see Rittich as the quality goalie he is. It may have something to do with his relatively unconventional path to the NHL, with him having gone undrafted and gotten signed from out of the Czech Extraliga a few years ago. David Rittich - (Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports) Of course, that can’t be the whole story. A lack of draft pedigree is seemingly one of the qualifying factors to win the Vezina Trophy. Since the turn of the century, only five winners have been first-round picks (Andrei Vasilevskiy, Carey Price, Tuukka Rask, Olaf Kolzig and Martin Brodeur twice). Those are only six of 17 trophies, though… about a third. And, even...
January 17th, 2020
Toronto Maple Leafs

In today's NHL rumor rundown, we have confirmation the Toronto Maple Leafs have inquired into the availability of a New York Rangers goaltender. What is the asking price? The Minnesota Wild are ready to make trades and an interesting defenseman is available. Finally, are the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames looking for the exact same pieces on the trade market? Maple Leafs Inquire on Georgiev We've discussed at length the New York Rangers possibly moving Alexander Georgiev in the rumor rundown reports but there's more news on Friday, specifically from a couple of NHL insider sources. First, Darren Dreger of TSN tweeted that the Maple Leafs were one of the teams that inquired about Georgiev. Second, James Mirtle of The Athletic notes the Maple Leafs have made multiple calls. Alexandar Georgiev, New York Rangers (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers) Mirtle writes that the Rangers have been asking for a young NHL player in return. He explains: Both teams have kept trade...
January 16th, 2020
Toronto Maple Leafs

TORONTO — Matthew Tkachuk scored the only goal of the shootout as the Calgary Flames defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 2-1 on Thursday. Derek Ryan scored in regulation for Calgary (26-18-5), which got 35 saves from David Rittich through 65 minutes of action. Rittich stopped Jason Spezza, Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner in the shootout. William Nylander knotted the game in the third period for Toronto (25-16-7). Frederik Andersen, who had given up 14 goals over his last four starts, stopped 31 shots. Tkachuk beat Andersen between the pads on Calgary's second attempt.  Andersen made key saves on Elias Lindholm and T.J. Brodie in overtime, while Rittich stopped Kasperi Kapanen twice. Frederik Andersen, Toronto Maple Leafs (Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers) Down 1-0 through two periods, the Leafs tied things on their fourth power play of the night when John Tavares found Nylander, who had gained position at the lip of Rittich's crease on...
January 16th, 2020
Flames Goaltending

Wednesday night was a very light schedule in the National Hockey League with just two games, but we did see more dominance from a hometown boy in Montreal. Also, we have a new All-Star goaltender and one of the all-time greats has a new role in New Jersey. Crawford Loves Coming Home Every player loves playing in their hometown, but it is hard to imagine anyone who loves it more than Corey Crawford. The Chicago Blackhawks have not had a regulation loss in Montreal since March 31, 2009. Since then, they have gone 6-0-2 and the one constant in those games is Crawford in goal. Crawford got the start at the Bell Centre on Wednesday night and continued the dominance in his hometown in a 4-1 win over the Canadiens. He now has a 1.12 goals-against average (GAA), a .971 save percentage (SV%) and two shutouts in his career in Montreal. Crawford stopped 32 of 33 shots last night and his career SV% actually went down! “He loves playing in Montreal,” said Blackhawks All-Star...

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Theo Fleury - It's the Size of the Heart That Matters!

  Theo Fleury, born in Saskatchewan, Canada, was one of three sons.  His father, Wally, also played hockey but an injury prevented him from reaching the professional ranks.  As with most young children in Canada, Fleury grew up skating and playing hockey at every opportunity, often... July 15th, 2019