March 01 2017 10:00AM
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The National Hockey League trade deadline is almost here. The league's 30 member clubs have until 1 p.m. MT today to tinker, transact and otherwise tweak their rosters before the season's end. The Calgary Flames have already made a move, acquiring defender Michael Stone, but they may do more.
Here's everything you need to know heading into today's flurry of activity.
March 01 2017 08:00AM
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Good morning! Hopefully everything hasn't gone catastrophically wrong in between my writing this and when it's posted. By which I mean: please, Mr. Treliving, don't do anything rash with the trade deadline.
Seriously, have you seen the team you've put together? Under the new head coach you've hired? It's looking kinda... good.
March 01 2017 06:00AM
Well, it's trade deadline day. The Flames are in a two-horse race for the final playoff spot in the West with the Los Angeles Kings. They have already made a handful of minor moves to firm up the backend. What's left?
Does Brad Treliving stand pat? Does he add another forward? Should he look to improve the goaltending?
What's your preference? What's your prediction?
Share your ideal Flames trade deadline day moves in the comments. Or if that's too pie-in-the-sky for you, share your Flames deadline day predictions.
February 28 2017 10:50PM
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In every season, there are games that can seemingly swing a season. Tonight's contest between the Calgary Flames and the Los Angeles Kings wasn't going to kill Calgary's playoff chances. But playing against a divisional rival (and a team behind them in the standings), the Flames had a chance to make their playoff hopes more realistic and their lives much easier down the stretch if they could find a way to win.
The Flames never held a lead in this game, but they seemed like a poised, measured, structured team for the most part en route to a 2-1 overtime victory at the Saddledome. While they did seemingly let the Kings dictate the pace at times, they did enough to capture two points.
February 28 2017 04:00PM
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Sports are in the moment. Say what you will about everything else about them - the managerial side, the stats, the trades and signings and predictive measures - but the main reason most of us are even here to begin with is because they're just plain fun to watch.
Your team winning a game can make your entire day. Not like you had anything to do with it yourself, but it still feels awesome. On the flip side, losing can put you in a bad mood for a while. Again, nothing to do with you - but that doesn't make it suck any less.
Chances are, you'll experience both emotions and everything in between throughout a season. Lord knows the Flames have done that to us this year.