November 13 2016 08:00AM
Here we are friends, presumably some sort of new low that the Calgary Flames have sunk to. It's not pretty, it's not fun, and it's certainly not the end of the world - though the intrepid nature of sportswriters looking to find any opportunity to strike it rich with fervent hyperbole in a super-reactionary world of sports fans would like you to believe so.
Don't worry though, there is some hyperbole here.
That said, we can all believe with varying degrees of certainty that the season that we're witnessing now probably could have started better based on things said in the offseason. So how do you right the wrongs? How do you turn this around?
November 06 2016 08:54AM
There is a time in every hockey fan's life when their favourite finds a way to sink from immeasurable despair on ice to an other-worldly level of disappointing. Off their remarkably decent showing against the San Jose Sharks on Thursday night, the Flames reverted back to shades of 2013-14 with what might be regarded as the lowest point of this early season.
And to contrast that display (if we can call it that) on ice, the Los Angeles Kings played a virtually flawless game that resulted in exposing every major defect that exists in this Flames team.
Yes, this is rock bottom and hopefully the only direction now is up. Though it's incredibly important to keep in mind that it's likely not going to be easy.
November 05 2016 03:28PM
With Kris Versteeg currently listed as week-to-week, the Calgary Flames elected to reward one of the Stockton Heat's top forwards with an opportunity to showcase himself (hopefully) for the foreseeable future.
And honestly, there isn't anyone more suited for this opportunity than Hunter Shinkaruk, who is back on his way to the NHL.
October 14 2016 09:00AM
One of the few positives to exist in the first game of the regular season was the improved special teams, specifically the Calgary Flames' penalty kill. This season is significant, with hopes of the team finding success after last season's fraudulent excuse for a PK.
On Wednesday night we caught a glimpse into what Paul Jerrard was preaching throughout training camp and the preseason: an aggressive, intelligent penalty kill that is opportunistic in every sense of the word.
October 12 2016 01:00PM
Lost in a lot of the discussion on the blueline is Jyrki Jokipakka, one of the pieces acquired in the Kris Russell deal with Dallas at the 2016 trade deadline. He's 25 - in the right age group - and that should put him in the discussion of players who should breathe optimism into the fanbase.
The biggest question in this is whether or not Jokipakka can produce results of a second pairing guy, or if he's destined for depth territory.