December 04 2016 08:00AM
The Flames had a number of needs heading into this past summer. Some young players needed new contracts; they needed to get goalies under contract, period; and the only player of note who could play the right side was Michael Frolik.
The various contracts were signed. Alex Chiasson was acquired for Patrick Sieloff, somebody who probably isn't going to be an NHL regular any time... ever, really. And Troy Brouwer was picked up on July 1, too.
And then, one day before the season started, so was Kris Versteeg.
December 03 2016 10:00AM
Matthew Tkachuk was all over the scoresheet in the Calgary Flames' 3-2 shootout victory over the Minnesota Wild on Friday night. He had an assist on Calgary's power play goal in the first period. He drew three separate minor penalties. But he also took two minors of his own in the third period, which required his team's penalty kill come up with a pair of big kills to keep the game tied. Tkachuk's second penalty, officially a roughing call on Marco Scandella, has raised a few eyebrows for being a pretty obvious headbutt.
Will the Flames rookie be getting a phone call from the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety and be levied a suspension or fine for his actions?
December 03 2016 08:00AM
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It doesn't seem to matter how much the teams change: games against the Minnesota Wild will forever remain boring.
Although a tied game late in the third with multiple penalties being called - including one stretching into overtime - is undoubtedly exciting. Especially when the Flames are able to do that thing where they have consistent, dangerous pressure. And are only thwarted by a stray body or well-placed stick. Multiple times.
Those parts were pretty exciting.
December 02 2016 10:49PM
Just over two weeks ago, the Calgary Flames played a pretty nice game against the Minnesota Wild. On the road, they grinded out a 1-0 win. Tonight, against the same opponent that they began their stretch of improved play, the Flames continued to embrace their grinding style. They beat the Wild 3-2 in a shootout at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
December 02 2016 12:00PM
About two weeks ago, the Calgary Flames were in rough shape. They were continually taking one step forward, one step back, and had a decent home stand disrupted by a one-sided thumping from the New York Rangers. Their next outing was a road game in Minnesota and despite losing Johnny Gaudreau to injury, the Flames played a solid defensive game and managed to grind out a win. Including that night in Minnesota, the Flames are 6-3-1 in their last 10 games. The Flames get a chance to continue their string of good results tonight when the Wild come to visit them. The goal tonight? Perhaps play a bit more often with the puck and defend a bit less than they have had to in recent games.
The puck drops at 7 p.m. MT on Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960 The Fan! The Flames Better Halves are running their annual toy drive for the Alberta Children's Hospital and the Ronald McDonald House, in the event you have anything you'd like to contribute.