March 30 2016 08:00AM
It took nearly all season before fans and writers finally saw Jakub Nakladal finally play in the NHL. This of course was after Dennis Wideman's heinous crimes happened, numerous injuries, and Kris Russell being dealt before he really became a mainstay on the Flames' blueline.
Within that time frame Nakladal has made an honest case for being re-signed in the off-season. And it's hard to be unhappy with his results so far of this smooth skating Czech in his first North American year of pro hockey.
March 06 2016 08:00AM
Winning is important, I mean that's the whole point of the game. Though, we know first-hand to achieve that you often need to lose (and lose real bad, often intentionally) to get to that point.
It's okay to tank, but it's also okay to ruin talented teams' playoff pushes too.— FlamesNation (@FlamesNation) March 5, 2016
February 24 2016 12:00PM
Assuming the rest of the season goes as it has this year, the Flames will likely be a lottery team again. Which is exactly what this team needs: another strong draft pick with exceptional upside to continue the rebuild. Calgary hit it out of the park selecting Sam Bennett fourth overall in 2014, even if the young centre ascended into top prospect territory with just one shoulder.
This season for fans has been an emotional roller coaster of sorts, with many coming to terms with the crippling reality that surrounds this team. The highs may feel like they're few and far between but one remains very clear: Sam Bennett is legitimately having a strong rookie season, despite any dissenting voices saying otherwise.
February 15 2016 02:41PM
With the state of the Calgary Flames season seemingly on a bubble it's shocking to say the least when you see several names who could be on the move scratched for this afternoon's game. Prior to puck drop Kris Russell, Matt Stajan, and David Jones all were announced as scratches.
Whoa ... #Flames D Kris Russell listed as a scratch. Ditto for RW David Jones, C Matt Stajan.— Wes Gilbertson (@WesGilbertson) February 15, 2016
With Russell being the most interesting of the three scratched, it's impossible to not question whether or not this is a premeditated decision to keep them healthy or close to; regardless of the Flames tweeting out that they were day-to-day with injuries.
Injury Update: Kris Russell (lower body, day-to-day), David Jones (lower body, day-to-day), and Matt Stajan (maintenance) won't play today.— Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) February 15, 2016
February 10 2016 12:00PM
Hey guys, it me, your community manager here. And above is Ari's hair. There's a good reason for this, promise.
Let's take a quick breather of debating voraciously in the comments, writing questionably sound trade proposals, and trying to find a way to dispose of Dennis Wideman to talk about something important: spearing cancer in the junk. I'm talking a Milan Lucic-level spear in the junk.