Five things: I guess I knew it was coming

Ryan Lambert
December 18 2014 08:40AM

1. Well well well

Since the last publication in this space here, the Flames have gone 0-fer in five straight games, running their losing streak to six.

In reading the comments here on the site and in other Flames-related destinations around the internet, from people who swore up and down that all the winning the team did early on was 100 percent feasible, I've been shocked to see that people are more or less fine with this. Well, maybe "fine with this" is not the right term, because no one likes to lose any games — let alone six straight — but it seems to be a grudging acceptance.

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Flames Extend Bob Hartley

Ryan Pike
December 17 2014 02:55PM

The National Hockey League is abuzz with coaching news nowadays, mostly firings, so for once, here's some good news.

The Flames signed Bob Hartley to a "multi-year" extension, the club announced today. There's a presser later this afternoon on the subject.

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Rumours, Innuendo, Fat Ladies, and Taylor Hall

beloch
December 17 2014 12:00PM

Ladislav Smid is painfully slow on his skates.  He wasn't always, but he has been the last couple of seasons. Every stride he takes on the ice looks painful. It seems like, every game, there's at least one hit that he barely manages to get up from.  When he does get up, he often limps to the bench as though he were a hundred years old.  He grimaces.  He bleeds.  We can only watch, sharing his pain. Ladislav Smid should not be a NHL player, but he is, seemingly by force of will alone.  One gets the sense that Smid would gladly trade a kidney (or other vital organ) for a win, and that's even before the playoffs start!  Is such primal will, even when accompanied by a total lack of competence, worth $3.5M a season?  Craig MacTavish answered that the season before last.  His answer was, "No.".  Meanwhile, Taylor Hall is making $6M per season and, rumour has it, he's being shopped around for a king's ransom.  Should the Flames be interested?

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Post-Game: Welcome to Wherever You Are

Ryan Pike
December 16 2014 10:57PM

The downward slide in the standings continues for the Calgary Flames, as they dropped a 5-2 decision to the New York Rangers tonight.

The Flames now have a record of 17-14-2 after 33 games. They're back in action on Friday night when they host the Dallas Stars in another crucial Western Conference game.

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FGD #33: Welcoming the Rangers (7pm MT; SN Flames)

Ryan Pike
December 16 2014 12:49PM

The Flames return home after a disastrous - in the standings - road trip tonight as they host the New York Rangers for their 33rd game of the 2014-15 season.

Calgary (17-13-2) has lost five in a row, including all four games of their recent road swing. Despite that, the mood was somewhat upbeat at the rink yesterday. Why? The team recognizes that they've largely been playing well and it's been circumstances and some untimely gaffes on their part that has triggered this slide. The key to victory, for the home side, is paying attention to the little things in the game - especially consistency in defensive coverage.

New York (14-10-4) are headed in the opposite direction, having won three straight - including whuppin' the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night in Vancouver. They're hoping to keep their momentum going as they recover from a slow start that's put them a bit behind in the NHL's Metropolitan Division.

Puck drop is at 7pm and you can catch it on Sportsnet Flames and Sportsnet 960 The Fan.

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