The Flames were bad last year. And they won’t be a playoff team this time around. But some additions to the mix in Calgary will give them a new look moving forward. In the first addition of our Western Conference previews, let’s take a look at what the Calgary Flames will bring to the table for the 2014-15 season.
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Joe Thornton has been stripped of the “C” in San Jose.
On Wednesday, the NHL announced a new, two-year implementation plan for an enhanced Draft Lottery system that will begin in 2015.
On Monday morning, the Blackhawks announced the team has signed goaltender Michael Leighton to a one-year, two-way contract. He will likely start the year in Rockford.
With Kevin Hayes moving on, some have said the Blackhawks draft in 2010 is a bust – even before Stephen Johns (above) plays his first full season as a professional.
Some look back at the Hawks’ drafts of the last few years and wonder where all the NHL talent is hiding. Since 2009, only three players drafted by the Hawks – Marcus Kruger, Brandon Saad and Andrew Shaw – have played more than 100 regular season games in the NHL.
But looking back through history, we find that rarely does any franchise have a complete draft class make an impact.
On Tuesday, ESPN released Corey Pronman’s top 100 NHL prospects heading into the 2014-15 season. Three Hawks made the list, with a fourth coming up just short.
On Feb. 7, 2015, Blackhawks prospects Tyler Motte (Michigan) and Anthony Louis (Miami) will be part of the third annual Hockey City Classic as the event returns to Soldier Field in Chicago.
In the doubleheader, Motte’s Wolverines will face rival Michigan State University in a Big Ten clash, and Louis will lead Miami against Western Michigan in the second game.
As we look ahead at the 2014-15 Blackhawks, looking back to the 2009 Draft is an intriguing part of the team’s recent history – and its future.
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