Flames Waive Joni Ortio

Ryan Pike
November 25 2015 10:26AM

Remember the summer? Brad Treliving spoke often about the Calgary Flames' goalie depth. They felt they had three good goalies, to the point where they were terrified that Joni Ortio would be claimed off waivers if they tried to send him to the American Hockey League. So they carried three goalies, despite conventional wisdom saying that was a horrible idea.

Then the regular season began. All three main roster goalies underperformed. And after demotions, injuries and 22 games of underwhelming hockey, today the Flames finally threw in the towel on Joni Ortio, NHL goaltender for now. (And maybe forever in terms of him being a Calgary Flame.)

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Ducks 5, Flames 3 post-game embers: The Flames are bad and they should feel bad

Ari Yanover
November 25 2015 08:00AM

ayy lmao

I believe that image speaks for itself.

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Ladislav Smid sent to Stockton Heat on conditioning stint

Ari Yanover
November 24 2015 11:30PM

Moments following the Flames' 5-3 loss to the Anaheim Ducks, the team made a quick move - to one of their healthy scratches.

Ladislav Smid, who has only appeared in four games this season - most recently on Nov. 12, when he only played 8:42 - has been sent to the Stockton Heat on a conditioning stint. The Heat play in Ontario on Nov. 25, and according to Google Maps, Ontario is a mere 35 minute or so drive away from Anaheim, so the location is convenient.

What about the timing, though?

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Post-Game: Backslide

Ryan Pike
November 24 2015 11:03PM

The past few games have seemingly given everyone a bit of optimism regarding the Calgary Flames. They were good against New Jersey. They were really good against Chicago. They hit the road tonight in Anaheim looking at a three-game trip that could put them smack-dab back in the playoff hunt, despite their back start.

Well, just when you think they're back to their old (2014-15 season) ways, they slip back into their old (October 2015) habits and rather than an up-tempo, aggressive game, the Flames were disjointed and on their heels all night in a 5-3 loss to the Anaheim Ducks. Given how much of the time they spent in their own end, it's like they never really showed up at all. (But hey, there's their steaming cup of coffee...)

These Flames once again snatched defeat from the jaws of victory, and now sit with a disappointing 8-13-1 record through 22 regular season contests.

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Who is on the Flames' penalty kill?

Ari Yanover
November 24 2015 04:00PM

The Calgary Flames are taking more penalties than they were a year ago. It's one of several factors that explains why the 2015-16 edition of the team isn't doing as well as the 2014-15 version, at least so far.

After all, when you take more penalties, it's more likely you're going to end up scored on. And when you have the level of goaltending the Flames did to start this season - which is to say, extraordinarily and unsustainably terrible - chances are pretty good a whole lot more pucks are going to go into the net.

That's what's happened. Although the Flames' penalty kill hasn't been particularly great as of late, it dropped to 74.6% this season from 80.6% the year before.

Other than save percentages, what's changed between this year and last? We're going to take a quick look at the skaters used on the kill to help find out.

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