February 16 2017 12:31PM
As expected in preparation for the NHL Expansion Draft on June 21, the Calgary Flames made a further step to solidifying who they'll be protecting and exposing. It just looks like Matt Bartkowski, who signed a two-year, two-way contract today, will be the sacrificial lamb for June.
Still, though, it's a positive sign that the organization is planning ahead - carefully I might add - about how and who is potentially Vegas bound.
UPDATE: $612,000 AAV via CapFriendly.
February 15 2017 10:46AM
The Calgary Flames made a minor announcement this morning, singing former Providence Bruin Matt Bartkowski to a PTO with the team. Bartkowski isn't a household name by any stretch but that's not stopping the Flames from trying to solve some of the depth issues impacting the team's blueline.
It's hard to discern what actual value Bartkowski offers at the NHL level at this point, but he's in town for now at least and Glen Gulutzan has some understanding of what he can offer from Gulutzan's time with Vancouver.
January 24 2017 08:00AM
If there was any evidence that this team was not going to make the playoffs then last night should be sufficient enough. Well, I guess you could make the case the 7-3 loss on Saturday was evidence. Maybe the 4-3 loss versus Nashville in which they showed up for virtually four minutes only to come short, too.
It's impossible to discern positives if any exist because really, over the last three games there aren't many.
January 22 2017 08:00AM
January 16 2017 02:00PM
The Calgary Flames started this season with a god awful excuse for a penalty kill. There is no other way to phrase it. Initially after a single game we saw some brief glimpses of systemic changes that new assistant coach Paul Jerrard was hoping to implement throughout the season. After that, like the Flames' ability to not take penalties, it fell off the rails and eventually hit league bottom.
Then something magical happened - primarily over the winning streak - and everything slowly progressed back to league average in flat PK%. Their penalty kill has become quite effective at suppressing the opposition. Still, there is a long way to go.