Good morning Calgary Flames fans! Hope you had a wonderful weekend.
Over the weekend, Flame For Thought re-introduced Sven Baertschi and Mark Cundari. Via Twitter, Flame For Thought wished Flames forward David Jones a happy 30th birthday. Next Flames birthday is Johnny Gaudreau’s 21st birthday on August 13th.
Elsewhere on the internet, Bleacher Report wrote an article named “Ranking the Top 10 Sophomores to Watch in the 2014-15 NHL Season“. At #9, Calgary Flames forward Sean Monahan. Here is what the article said about our boy:
2013-14 statistics: 75 games played, 22 goals, 12 assists, 34 points.
Notable NHL rookie accomplishments: Sean Monahan was the first rookie forward to score 20 goals for the flames since Jarome Iginla in 1996-97. He scored the second-most goals for the Flames and was fourth among NHL rookies.
Outlook for 2014-15: In February, Darren Haynes of The Canadian Press (via MetroNews.ca) reported that Monahan had quickly endeared himself to Flames fans. Expectations will be very high for the 19-year-old this season.
Despite his promising debut, the Flames must be careful not to rush Monahan into a larger role. If developed at the right pace, Monahan could become their full-time second-line center by the season’s end.
A couple days before releasing that article, the writer Lyle Richardson of Bleacher Report, posted the story, “1 Player on Each NHL Team in Need of a Bounce-Back Season in 2014-15“. His choice of Calgary Flames player? Jonas Hiller.
2013-14 statistics: 50 games played with a record of 29-13-7, 2.48 goals-against average, .911 save percentage, five shutouts.
Synopsis of last season: Though Hiller posted respectable numbers last season, he was eventually unseated as the Anaheim Ducks’ starting goalie by Frederik Andersen. He only saw four starts during the Ducks’ 13 playoff games last season. Hiller signed a two-year, $9 million deal this summer with the Calgary Flames.
Outlook for 2014-15: Hiller told the Calgary Sun’s Wes Gilbertson he’s looking forward to a fresh start with a new team and a chance to prove he’s still capable of being an NHL starter. At the very least, the 32-year-old will provide the Flames with experienced goaltending, something they lacked last season.
Hiller suffered an appendicitis attack last month, but the Calgary Herald’s Scott Cruickshank reports Flames general manager Brad Treliving expects he will be ready for training camp in September.
Lastly this morning, I share a tweet that literally made me LOL:
I had a dream last night that Flames destroyed edmonton then a fan threw his jersey then woke up and realized that actually happened #oilers
— Justin Beatty (@JustinBeatty777) August 11, 2014
Have a great day Flames fans.