FGD #64: Back-to-Back Begins In Beantown

Ryan Pike
March 05 2015 02:00PM

The Calgary Flames and Boston Bruins are close to mirror images of each other this season. Both play aggressive puck pursuit games. Both are reliant on strong blueliners for their success.

However, the Bruins have recently won a Stanley Cup and are basically still trying to strive to stay strong under the salary cap. Calgary? They're the NHL's overachievers and while the salary cap is the main obstacle to the Bruins returning to the post-season, it's their over-reliance on Mark Giordano (and his ensuing injury) that define's Calgary's struggles down the stretch drive.

Calgary faces Boston tonight in the first game of a back-to-back. Both teams are fighting for their playoff lives. They were in this exact situation when they met in Calgary last month and the Flames won via miraculous third-period comeback. I don't think they can do that again, so hopefully they have a much better game-plan.

The puck drops at 5pm MT and you can catch the game at Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960 The Fan.

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Arena Plan Announcement Within Weeks, Says King

Ryan Pike
March 05 2015 12:47PM

In the latest development in a story that keeps dragging on without actually developing, Calgary Flames CEO Ken King stated today that the new arena project would be announced within the next few weeks.

King shared the news in a morning appearance on KISS 95.9 this morning.

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Random Thoughts - On the Flames Trade Deadline

Kent Wilson
March 05 2015 11:00AM

The trade deadline has come and gone, featuring relatively minor moves but a maximum of drama nonetheless. The Glencross swap was expected and straightforward, but there's a lot to talk about when it comes to moving Sven for a second rounder.

- I'll admit, in absence of the knowledge that Baertschi had demanded a trade, I was disappointed in the return for the 22 year old winger. Whatever the circumstances, converting a 13th overall draft choice into a second round pick less than four years after his draft day is significant asset degradation. 

- The tendency in the wake of the deal is to point fingers and determine blame. There are roughly two camps to this debate currently: one side who says Baertschi sewered his opportunity with Calgary due a combination of poor attitude and poor performance. The other side says the Flames completely mishandled the player, scuttling his development. 

Boringly I think the truth is somewhere in the middle. 

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5 things: A bad week

Ryan Lambert
March 05 2015 09:00AM

1. The worst thing possible

So Mark Giordano's done for the year, and that's a real shame for him because he was having the season of his life for the second year in a row.

Last season he played 64 games and dominated the toughest competition in the league. He played more than 25 minutes a night, racked up 47 points, and scored 14 times. The Flames were bad around him but it didn't matter; when he was on the ice, they played like the Chicago Blackhawks.

This season he played 61 games and dominated the toughest competition in the league. He played more than 25 minutes a night, racked up 48 points, and scored 11 times. The Flames were bad around him but it didn't matter; when he was on the ice, they played like the Chicago Blackhawks.

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HOW GOOD IS IVAN PROVOROV?

Lowetide
March 04 2015 08:16PM

In the fall, I asked an NHL scout about the CHL's western league and was informed it was a 'down year' and there might not be a Top 10 overall selection in the WHL. Six months later? Ivan Provorov has changed the landscape.

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