August 28 2016 10:00AM
The National Hockey League is expanding to 31 teams for the 2017-18 season, adding a brand new team from the sunny climes of Las Vegas, Nevada. That means that for the 12th time in league history, we're going to have us an expansion draft.
The Calgary Flames are no strangers to expansion drafts. They came into existence by virtue of the 1972 expansion draft (alongside the New York Islanders) and have given up players to brand new teams in eight expansion drafts since then.
But before you feel too bad for the fledgling Flames losing players here and there to other expansion teams, we're here to tell you that they usually didn't lose anybody that was particularly good.
August 27 2016 01:00PM
As we sit around anxiously awaiting the onset of the 2016-17 hockey season, thoughts will naturally drift towards the 2017-18 season and the debut of the new Las Vegas NHL expansion franchise. Much like Vegas will next summer, the Calgary Flames franchise went through the expansion draft process way, way back in 1972 (when they were setting up shop in Atlanta).
So let's set the Wayback Machine for the summer of 1972 and see just how drab the expansion-drafted Atlanta Flames ended up being.
August 27 2016 12:53PM
I was feeling a bit nostalgic the other day, and was looking at a classic article at Pension Plan Puppets, looking back at the Toronto Maple Leafs 2013 free agency day, and deciding who had a better day: Dave Nonis, the Leafs GM at the time, or a potato?
And that got me thinking: what if I applied the same logic to Ken Holland's offseason this year? While maybe not as many historically bad moves, it was an offseason with it's fair share of bad moves, and has many wondering whether this may be the end of the Wings playoff streak. So, without further ado, let me introduce you to our challenger to Ken Holland, the carrot.
August 27 2016 10:00AM
The reaction seemed to be mostly positive when the Calgary Flames hired Glen Gulutzan as head coach in the middle of June. Gulutzan made a good first impression and addressed a number of things Flames fans had become frustrated with under Bob Hartley's regime, namely possession and blocked shots. Now in his second job as an NHL head coach, let's delve into what we might expect from Gulutzan, specifically in the early going.
August 27 2016 09:04AM
With little else going on in the off-season, we powered up the Wings Nation time machine to head back to August 27, 1974 to zero in on the time Detroit traded Henry Boucha to Minnesota in exchange for Danny Grant.