February 14 2016 12:00PM
As we all know, the Flames are probably going to be deadline sellers. That means almost all of their pending UFA's should be be available to the highest bidder, even if the org kind of wants to keep Kris Russell around (*spoiler* they can't really afford to).
So the question is where will these guys land? Here's an assortment of potential destinations.
February 14 2016 08:00AM
We've written a ton about Andrew Mangiapane around these parts this season, primarily because he's racked up a ton of points in the Ontario Hockey League as part of a very good Barrie Colts team. But one of the most frequent questions I get on Twitter is in regards to Mangiapane's chances at the next level.
The short answer to that question is "Well, how is he achieving OHL success?" I dug into his numbers from the last three seasons to figure out what he's good at.
February 13 2016 11:00AM
Obviously the current season's lack of high-level on-ice success for the Calgary Flames has dominated the headlines as of late, but one other aspect has flown under the radar. So let's talk about the salary cap and performance bonuses, folks.
We've written a bit about the upcoming new contracts for Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau, but the implication of their high level of play on this season's (and next season's) salary cap hasn't really been explored.
In short? I'm a little bit worried for a few reasons.
February 13 2016 08:00AM
Some games, a team just doesn't seem fated to win. The Flames - already on their heels, as they have been from their season's poor start onwards - were in one of those situations last night. Playing a late game, then travelling to a different city for the second of a back-to-back?
And when said prior late game saw you kill a ton of penalties - and then for your next game to have even more infractions called? That's hard to deal with.
So the Flames only had five shots on net throughout the entire third period, when they were down 3-0. It's not the mark of a great team, obviously, but there's an extent of forgiveness to be found, because they were, in all likelihood, pretty tired by that point.
It's not this game's fault all the preceding ones before it turned it into a must-win.
February 12 2016 10:17PM
Last night, the Calgary Flames won an energetic, crazy, sloppy game.
Tonight? They were much less energetic and much more calm. They were almost as sloppy, and were never really in control in a 4-1 road loss to the Arizona Coyotes. Nothing about this game inspired confidence that this group can be a playoff team.
If you wanted an idea of just how inconsistent this group can be from game to game, the last 48 hours are a picture perfect example of that.