Why Bob Hartley Should Be A Jack Adams Finalist

Christian Roatis
March 10 2015 12:00PM

Sometimes, differentiating between good coaching and bad coaching can be difficult. How much of a teams success can be directly credited to its bench boss and how much of it comes as a result of the talent and ability of the players actually playing the game?

I’d reckon the latter weighs far more in the grand scheme of things than the former. However, in some cases, a coach can single-handedly be responsible for his players playing to the full of their abilities and thus be a major factor in their teams success.

That’s why coaches of surprise teams often win the Jack Adams trophy, and that’s why it’s simply ludicrous to even suggest Bob Hartley shouldn’t be a finalist for the this year's award.

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FN Mailbag - February 21 2015

Christian Roatis
February 21 2015 11:00AM

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Everybody’s favorite mailbag, our Flames mailbag, is back chock-full of juicy questions demanding to be answered!

Being a (twitter) people pleaser, I shall comply.

The focus today is the Trade Deadline, so let’s dive straight into it.

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Flames Season Already A Success

Christian Roatis
February 11 2015 11:00AM

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With fewer than 30 games to be played in 2014/15 edition of the National Hockey League’s regular season, time has finally come to shift our focus away from the horror that has been this season for the Calgary Flames and onto the fruits their incompetence will bear via the NHL Entry Draft in a few months time.

Wait. That’s not right. Playoffs? What?!

That opening paragraph is how I expected to open a piece written in February about the Calgary Flames, but instead it looks strikingly out of place. The season has been anything but a horror and one hasn’t even muttered the words “McDavid” or “Eichel” around these parts since mid-October.

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FGD: LOL (Loss on Loss)

Christian Roatis
November 25 2014 02:22PM

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The Flames' recent success - or lack thereof - in Anaheim can be simply described with one acronym. LOL. Loss on Loss...or Laugh Out Loud, depending on how annoying you are.

Since January 19th, wait for it, 2004(!!) the Calgary Flames' haven't been able to "put it in the win column" against the Anaheim Ducks in their home rink, and have been accumulating LOL with each visit to the city that isn't Los Angeles but pretty much is but technically isn't (I mean come on, they share a baseball team!).

In fact, the last time the Flames won in Anaheim, the Ducks weren't even known as the Ducks, rather as the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. Well, even though they haven't been Mighty for some time now, their mastery of the Flames at the pond is unparalleled.

For a while now, every meeting between the Ducks and Flames in Orange County is met with the "Is This The Game Calgary Snaps The Streak?" articles and then followed with the "Nope" articles. This is another one of those lead up articles. We're hoping for a different follow up, though.

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The Positives Are Not Just On The Ice

Christian Roatis
November 25 2014 10:29AM

We are now well into the 2014/2015 rendition of the National Hockey League's regular season, and things around the Calgary, Alberta based team is far rosier than anyone - aside from the apparently brilliant Aaron Ward - could have ever predicted.

The Calgary Flames are listed under "Pacific Division" not "Wild Card" in the Standings and everything seems to be going right for them. They seem to be rolling on Colorado-like luck with the successful empty net pulls with 3 minutes to go and all the third period comebacks, but hey, I'm sure not complaining. It's been a heck of a ride.

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