March 13 2015 12:00PM
Arii recently pointed out that the Flames shooting percentage has jumped from 9.2% (#12 in the league) last season to 10.6% (#2 in the league) this season. That may not sound like much, but if the Flames had shot 9.2% this season they'd have scored 26 fewer goals and would likely not be in the playoff race. If the Flames shooting percentage were identical to the league average this year, they would have scored 29 fewer goals. Team shooting percentage is considered, by many, to be the essence of luck in hockey, even more so than PDO. PDO lumps shooting percentage together with save percentage, which can clearly be influenced by good goal-tending. Is the Flames' luck destined to run out?
February 18 2015 01:13PM
Sam Bennett, the Flames' highest draft pick since moving from Atlanta to Calgary, has been cleared for contact and is practicing with the Flames. To put it lightly, Bennett's NHL debut is eagerly anticipated by Flames fans. The big question everyone is asking is, "Is he ready?" and, if he is ready, "What should the Flames do with him?".
December 17 2014 12:00PM
Ladislav Smid is painfully slow on his skates. He wasn't always, but he has been the last couple of seasons. Every stride he takes on the ice looks painful. It seems like, every game, there's at least one hit that he barely manages to get up from. When he does get up, he often limps to the bench as though he were a hundred years old. He grimaces. He bleeds. We can only watch, sharing his pain. Ladislav Smid should not be a NHL player, but he is, seemingly by force of will alone. One gets the sense that Smid would gladly trade a kidney (or other vital organ) for a win, and that's even before the playoffs start! Is such primal will, even when accompanied by a total lack of competence, worth $3.5M a season? Craig MacTavish answered that the season before last. His answer was, "No.". Meanwhile, Taylor Hall is making $6M per season and, rumour has it, he's being shopped around for a king's ransom. Should the Flames be interested?
August 13 2014 10:30AM
My initial reaction to the signing of Mason Raymond was undoubtedly tinted by the departure of Michael Cammalleri. The squid left big shoes to fill and the timing made Raymond the obvious man to step into them. The fact that Raymond was drafted by the Canucks and has been their property for most of his career didn't exactly help either. However, reviled opponents often become beloved allies. Is Raymond likely to win over devoted Canuck-haters such as myself?
July 05 2014 10:37AM
When the deadline to tender qualifying offers to RFA's passed last week, many of us were disappointed that Paul Byron was not among those given offers by the Flames. That mistake has been rectified.