Flames poised to be contenders

Christian Roatis
January 25 2017 02:00PM

Though things haven’t gone as swimmingly as we would’ve hoped in the last little stretch, the Calgary Flames have nonetheless taken a marked step forward this season, and continue to be progressing – which is, at the end of the day, imperative for a still-rebuilding team. 

Their even strength possession stats are now in the top half of the league, and light years ahead of where they were last season (47.9 vs. 50.9 in CF% as of the writing of this article). On some nights, they even look downright dominant. Following in the qualitative observation column, they also look like a far more structured and methodical group than they did in years past under Bob Hartley.  

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Flames put Nicklas Grossmann on waivers

Christian Roatis
November 08 2016 10:30AM


The weird, inexplainable, unfathomable, physically painful Nicklas Grossmann era in Calgary appears to be over, with the #big defenceman going on waivers today, destined for what we can only assume is the AHL.

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Why the Flames signed Nicklas Grossmann

Christian Roatis
October 13 2016 11:39AM

The only thing that made less sense than starting Nicklas Grossmann in the Calgary Flames’ first game of the regular season in Edmonton last night was signing the brick-footed defenceman altogether.

But, as Brad Treliving explained hours after inking Grossmann on Tuesday, there was a definite method to his madness. Ladislav Smid won’t play for the Calgary Flames this season, but they’re still on the hook for his $4 million salary and $3.5 million cap hit. On the surface, there’s a simple solution to this: throw him on long term injured reserve and redeem the $3.5 million in cap space to spend on a new shiny toy!

Not so fast.

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FlamesNation Prospect Profile #5: Oliver Kylington

Christian Roatis
August 29 2016 08:00AM


Oliver Kylington was a lighting rod of controversy all through his pre-draft years. Everything from his innate skill to his supposed attitude problems to his erratic draft ranking status was bantered about for years prior to Brad Treliving hollering out his name at 2015 NHL Draft, making him the 60th name yelled at the annual child lottery.

And then it all stopped. 

Sure, there was some buzz about him right after the pick was made and at development camp, but after that he made his way to Stockton and the nationwide hype stopped.

Kylington’s development did not, however. And that’s why he arrives inside our Top 5 FlamesNation prospects. He was #4 last year.

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The 3-Way Blockbuster That Almost Was

Christian Roatis
June 28 2016 01:00PM

For about a 90 minute stretch on Friday afternoon right before the first pick of the 2016 NHL Draft, Flames twitter was losing its collective mind.

With hype of a potential trade up to third overall and right into the promised land of Jesse Puljujarvi, Flames GM Brad Treliving and Columbus GM Jarmo Kekalainen were having long, involved discussions every 10 minutes (or at least, it felt like that). It surely had to be about the pick.

It was.

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