Calgary Flames: Best and Worst Drafts in Team History

Calgary Flames: Best and Worst Drafts in Team History

August 7th, 2020 Since the Atlanta Flames relocated to Calgary in 1980, the team has taken part in 30 NHL Entry Drafts. In the 1980s, they drafted numerous top-tier NHL stars – including Al MacInnis, Mike Vernon, Gary Roberts, Brett Hull, Theoren Fleury, and Joe Nieuwendyk. Some of these players played key roles...
Flames' Top Players Need to Step Up Their Game

Flames' Top Players Need to Step Up Their Game

August 6th, 2020 Through the first three games of their play-in series versus the Winnipeg Jets, the Calgary Flames find themselves in a great spot, up two games to one. With the play-in series being just a best-of-five, they need just one more win to advance and will get the chance to do so Thursday night. Given...

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August 1st, 2020
Toronto Maple Leafs

In today's NHL rumor rundown, the NHL has ruled on the conditions of three trades and there's some debate about the merits of doing so. In Toronto, there is news the Maple Leafs are loaning out a prospect to the KHL. Finally, the New York Rangers started a surprising goalie against the Hurricanes. Why not go with the best netminder? The NHL Rules on Three Trades Teams involved in trades that had conditions or conditional draft picks attached no longer have to wait to find out what will happen with those conditions. The NHL has ruled on trades involving the Edmonton Oilers, Calgary Flames, and other teams. In the trade that saw James Neal come to Edmonton for Milan Lucic (to Calgary), Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston reports that Edmonton will have to transfer a third-round pick in either 2020 or 202 to complete the trade.  The Oilers will have until the start of the third round in October’s draft to decide if the selection will come this year or next. James...
August 1st, 2020
Flames History

Aug. 1 is a great date in the history of the New York Rangers as they signed a future Hall of Famer who went on to rewrite their record books. Also, two Canadian teams made some memorable moves and a historic name took a new job with the most storied franchise in National Hockey League history. Rangers Hit the Jackpot The Rangers signed the greatest goal scorer in their franchise’s history on Aug. 1, 1961. After a very successful junior career with the Guelph Royals in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), Rod Gilbert signed his first NHL contract with the Rangers on this date. After signing his deal, Gilbert only played one game with the Rangers during the 1961-62 regular season due to a back injury, but he did return to play in four playoff games. He scored 11 goals and 31 points during his rookie season of 1962-63. He scored a career-high 43 goals and 97 points during the 1971-72 season. He reached 97 points again in 1974-75 thanks to a career-high 61 assists. Gilbert is...
July 31st, 2020
Vancouver Canucks

In today's NHL rumor rundown, the Boston Bruins are hoping an injury to Brad Marchand isn't too serious. He left an exhibition game and is questionable for Sunday. In Calgary, one scribe tries to explain the chatter surrounding Johnny Gaudreau, and in Vancouver, why is everyone passing Jake Virtanen on the depth chart? Finally, what was the deal behind David Pastrnak's odd tweet about Tom Wilson? Marchand Injured Against Blue Jackets Joe Haggerty of NBC Sports Boston notes that Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand left Thursday's game in the third period with what appeared to be a lower-body injury. It's not entirely clear when the injury happened as it could have been when he fell awkwardly but he was shown on replay skating gingerly before leaving. Brad Marchand, Boston Bruins (Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers) “He left ,” said Bruce Cassidy. “I don’t think it’s anything serious, but we’ll have a better idea obviously in the morning.” Cam...
July 30th, 2020
Flames History

After 20 seasons in the National Hockey League and over 1,500 regular season games, Jarome Iginla has finally called it a career. One of the legendary figures in the game – both in Canada and in the broader hockey world – Iginla made a name for himself as a high-scoring power forward. Jarome Iginla of the Calgary Flames poses with the Art Ross Trophy and the Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy during the NHL Awards on June 20, 2002 (Photo by Silvia Pecota/NHLI via Getty Images) Two things most stood out about Iginla's on-ice accolades: his ability to mix physicality into his game at the precise right times to help his team, and his ability to have a long career straddling the "Dead Puck Era" and the higher-scoring "new NHL" and be able to score consistently throughout. Here are Iginla's five greatest career highlights, in no particular order. Iginla Hits the 50 Goal Mark Iginla made his NHL debut in the playoffs for the Calgary Flames against the Chicago Blackhawks in...

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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 traveling to... July 15th, 2020