Shot Down In FlamesNation Episode 2

Christian Roatis
March 21 2016 10:00AM

We did it. A second episode. We're no longer a one-hit wonder! 

After many delays and a dud recording (actually recording everyone's voices is hard, apparently), the second episode of the Shot Down In FlamesNation podcast is live!

Ryan Pike joins me as a co-host on this episode and Kent Wilson stops in to chat as well. We went in Niklas Backstrom's first start as a Flame, Dennis Wideman's suspension and horrendous season, the pressure mounting on an organization in year 3 of a "5 Year Rebuild", the impending cap situation, Sean Monahan and future of the team down the middle, and even a little bit on Mark Jankowski's possible Flames debut. It's as fun a way to spend a lunch hour as I can think of. 

We got rid of the annoying echo from last episode, but the audio quality is still something of a work in progress. We'll get better, I promise. 

The SoundCloud link is below and she'll be on iTunes as well. Hope you all enjoy Episode 2 of our humble podcast. As always, any suggestions and comments are welcome below. 

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Shot Down In FlamesNation Podcast

Christian Roatis
March 01 2016 10:00AM

It's a working title, OK? 

Well, this is new. A podcast! Everybody has one and since Brad Treliving got the Flames nice things this trade deadline, we figured we at FlamesNation could have some nice things as well, firing up the old podcast. 

If the reception is warm and people like it, we could make this thing a regular feature on FN. Unlike most podcasts out there, we tried to keep it under 350 minutes - 30 to be specific - so you can fit it into your lunch hour, or whatever. 

We hit 3 topics regarding the trade deadline, and one super special, super controversial one at the end that resulted in great conversation, and everybody will have a strong opinion on - so make sure to listen to the whole thing *wink*.

Due to our utmost professionalism, there was an F-Bomb dropped. So watch out for that if you're in a sensitive environment. 

We'd love to hear your opinions and feedback on the first podcast, tentatively named Shot Down In FlamesNation Podcast, literally only because I used the song "Shot Down In Flames" by AC/DC to start. We can have a vote or something for a name moving forward if this turns into a regular thing. 

Hope you all enjoy it! 

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The NHLE Calculator

Christian Roatis
January 27 2016 02:00PM

Convenience is everything nowadays.  

We want everything to be as centralized as possible – with apps, news, etc all in one place – and everything done for us to the largest possible extent. To that end, I’ve taken the initiative to simplify and centralize the very common calculation of a hockey player’s NHLE, by creating a calculator for it. To my knowledge, it’s the first of its kind that is publicly available (this determined by one Google search and quick scan of the results), but I could be wrong.

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Introducing the 2016 NHL Draft Class

Christian Roatis
December 03 2015 08:00AM

The National Hockey League Entry Draft held annually at the end of June serves many a purpose. It serves as the entry point for hockey’s greatest and youngest future stars, it serves as grounds for general managers to brainstorm and execute blockbuster trades to shore up their teams, and it serves as a renewal of hope for many fanbases crushed by a disappointing season’s past.

The latter is the culmination of months of hype and banter, with prospect debate steadily intensifying for months until its eventual climax in June. I call it, The Feeling. A medley of excitement, jubilance and promise, fueled by your favorite team’s futility, The Feeling invades the mind of every hockey fan at some point during the year – the worse the team, the earlier the contraction – and makes permanent residence in every Oilers fan.  

Such feelings were commonplace for a couple of seasons in Calgary as the team undertook a rebuild, but was quickly extinguished by a miracle run to the second round of the playoffs last year.

However, 25 games into the 2015-16 season, The Feeling is back.

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A Coaching Change Could Save The Season

Christian Roatis
November 05 2015 03:00PM

The Calgary Flames season has started off just about as badly as could possibly be imagined. Everything that could’ve gone wrong on the ice seems to have happened, and bad puck – and otherwise – luck has been present on a nightly basis. However, despite having just one regulation win, and three wins overall, on this day the 5th of November, the Calgary Flames season is not lost. 

Yet.

Fact is, the season can still be saved, but there almost certainly needs be a change behind the bench in order for that to take place.

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