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PHILADELPHIA, PA - JUNE 28:  (L-R) Brendan Shanahan and Brian Burke of the Toronto Maple Leafs talk on Day Two of the 2014 NHL Draft at the Wells Fargo Center on June 28, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Brad Ross and the Second Round Blunders of Toronto

Sounds like a really bad musical act, doesn’t it? Well, in Toronto, it’s more of a nightmare for a scouting team. Announced on May 29th, the 2010 43rd overall selection made by the Maple Leafs, Brad Ross, signed with the Iserlohn Roosters of the Deutschen Eishockey Liga (DEL). The 23-year-old left winger split time between the AHL’s Toronto Marlies and the…

Columbus Blue Jackets v Philadelphia Flyers

NHL Deadline Day Trade Benefactors

With the weeks leading up to the NHL trade deadline being as active as it was, it was no surprise that deadline day itself was a little anticlimactic. If you are a hockey fan at any level, it’s a good chance you were checking your twitter feed throughout the day or sitting in front of your TV watching one of…

Calgary Flames v Pittsburgh Penguins

We Need to Talk About Sean Monahan

After such a promising start, the Calgary Flames have come crashing back to Earth. At this point, they resemble the rebuilding team everyone expected of them but there are some positives to their season so far. Captain Mark Giordano and defense partner T.J. Brodie have emerged as a strong first pairing for the team. Rookies Johnny Gaudreau and Josh Jooris…

Calgary Flames v Pittsburgh Penguins

Flames Slide No Cause for Concern

For much of the first quarter of the 2014-15 NHL season, the Calgary Flames had been a pleasant surprise. Considered by many to compete for the bottom of the Western Conference (unlike their provincial brethren, who were seen as ready to take the next step, oh how wrong we were), the Flames instead shot up the Pacific Division standings with a…

Jim Nill

Jim Nill Shows Trades Still Important

The emergence of the salary cap era has transformed the National Hockey League into a draft-centric league. As young stars dominate a game that is now more ideal for their integration, this idea has only become more ingrained. Drafting an elite talent is the consensus way to build a quality team and other methods are now taking a backseat. Not…

Mike Cammalleri

Cammalleri Can’t Stay In Cowtown

As the trade deadline approaches, Calgary Flames forward Mike Cammalleri continues to be one of the most talked about players that may be on the move before 3 p.m. on March 5. The 31-year-old is in the final year of his contract and is a proven performer in both the regular season and the playoffs, making his appeal as a…

Mike Cammalleri

An Important Deadline Ahead For The Flames

In a season full of surprises, many may forget that the Calgary Flames are in the midst of a full rebuild. It’s a process which may require time and patience from Flames fans, as president of hockey operations and acting general manager of Brian Burke looks to fix the mistakes made by former GM Jay Feaster. There is no question…

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