November 27 2015 03:15PM
Ladislav Smid is... back?
After assigning Smid to a conditioning stint mere days ago, it appears as though the little-used blueliner is already back with the big club, as the Flames have recalled him. Smid played one game for the Stockton Heat, a 2-1 loss in which he was on the ice for the opposition's first goal against. He had no shots or points, but that said, he is said to have played rather well in his game.
And now he's back already. Huh.
November 27 2015 02:30PM
1. What's the plan?
Earlier this week there were three stories in a row here on Flames Nation, after Joni Ortio was put on waivers, entitled, "Stockton's goalie situation is really unclear," "Jonio Ortio clears waivers, likely to be assigned to Stockton Heat," and finally, "What were the Flames thinking with three goalies?"
The latter of these was something fans should have been saying all year, because it was Calgary burning a roster spot on Ortio, who ended up getting into a whopping 140 minutes of action over four games, and being really bad (.868). There was no need for it, and it highlighted an area of organizational concern that's been lingering for at least the last several years.
November 27 2015 12:00PM
The Calgary Flames head to one of their favourite recent haunts, the desert, for the second game of their three-game Pacific Division road trip tonight. They're in Glendale, Arizona to tangle with the Arizona Coyotes and they're hoping to right the ship after a really disappointing result in Anaheim on Tuesday night.
The Flames are still close to the pack, entering Friday's ice hockey matches seven points back of Vancouver with a game-in-hand. Granted, the Flames are closer to the basement (two points up on Edmonton) than they are to the playoffs, but there is a lot of hockey left to play. But they need to get on track and rattle off some wins, particularly against divisional opponents like Arizona.
The puck drops tonight at 7pm MT on Sportsnet Flames and Sportsnet 960 The Fan.
November 27 2015 09:00AM
Lately it seems there’s been a lot of chatter from fans wanting to see Bill Arnold in a Calgary Flames jersey. However, he may not be the jolt the Flames are looking for.
The primary reason for this, of course, is to bring about change. Lineups tend to get stale when fans become restless with their team’s play. What’s more, fans often like to see prospects they haven’t seen before, and who can blame them? Unfortunately, it’s not always what’s best for the team at that particular moment.
Let’s explore why Bill Arnold isn’t the right choice to fix the Flames’ woes right now.
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November 27 2015 06:45AM
Where will Travis Hamonic land, Forbes comes out with the latest team values, Leafs and Canucks still dreaming of players coming home in 2016, teams a quarter of the way into the season, TJ Brodie won't be traded, trading Ryan Nugent-Hopkins in Oil country, two stars drop the mitts, fantasy hockey and more in this weeks Nation Roundup brought to you by DraftKings.