DRAFTING FOR SUCCESS

Byron Bader
May 09 2014 08:30AM

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-via Dave Shaver

The NHL draft is one of the most important parts of any NHL team’s year. It is a team’s opportunity to pick up players that, down the road, may turn into franchise cornerstones or at least pieces that will them be successful. Unlike free agency or trades, the draft is an opportunity to add pivotal assets at basically no charge, with the added bonus of (likely) having the player through his prime playing years.

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FGD: SPOILER ALERT!

Byron Bader
April 07 2014 11:55AM

Jagr

via www.doliveiraphoto.com 

Tonight, in game #79 for both squads, the Calgary Flames (33-38-7) will wrap up their current 5-game road-trip against the New Jersey Devils (34-28-16) in Newark, New Jersey. The game is the 2nd and final time the teams will face each other in the 2013-14 season.  It’s an early one.  Puck drops at 5 pm MT on Sportsnet West.

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FLAMES' CORE DRIVING POSSESSION

Byron Bader
April 01 2014 07:45AM

Brodie, Backlund and Gio

-Pics via Halifax Drunk

The Flames are seeing a remarkable upswing in their possession in the last few months.  At its lowest point, right before and after New Year’s, the Flames rolling 10-game 5v5 close FF% was 39.4% (near the bottom of the league).  It has been steadily climbing since the dust up with the Canucks in January and today (March 26, 2014) the rolling 10-game 5v5 FF% sits at a respectable 53.6%.  

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FGD: NIEUWY & THE BOTTOM FIVE

Byron Bader
March 07 2014 01:08PM

Islanders

-via Michael Cummo Photography

Tonight, the Calgary Flames (24-31-7) host the New York Islanders (24-32-9) at the Scotiabank Saddledome. The game is an important one in the reverse standings.  If the Flames win in regulation, they leap frog the Islanders into 25th overall (no good).  If the Flames lose in regulation and Florida beats the Sabres , the Flames end up tied for the 28th spot overall (excellent).  The night will no doubt be special as former Flame great, Joe Nieuwendyk, will be honored in the Flames 'Forever a Flame' program.  Puck drops at 7 pm MT (or whenever the ceremony ends).

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FGD: DEADLINE TILT

Byron Bader
March 05 2014 03:19PM

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Today the Calgary Flames (23-31-7) host the Ottawa Senators (27-24-11) at the Scotiabank Saddledome. The game comes mere hours after the annual NHL trade deadline.

The Flames and Senators went into the deadline with two different mantras. The Ottawa Senators, who sit 4 points out of the final Eastern wildcard spot, decided they were buyers in the days leading up to the deadline. The Flames, on the other hand, have been sellers since December.

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