December 04 2015 10:00AM
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This was supposed to be the season in which the Brian Burke-Brad Treliving era Calgary Flames took a major step forward, but shoddy goaltending has sabotaged those lofty preseason expectations.
From the perspective of performance, spending efficiency and asset management, the Flames' goaltending has been a bit of a disaster. The club ranks 30th in all situation save percentage by a good margin, despite having committed the fourth most salary cap space among all NHL teams to the goaltending position, according to NHLNumbers.com. That's ugly stuff.
The good news is that Calgary's big-money goaltenders are on expiring contracts, but it's clear that the Flames need to address their goaltending going forward, and there could be some intriguing names available on the trade market. One that stands out in particular is Danish-born Anaheim Ducks goaltender Frederik Andersen, who may shake loose in Orange County as a result of John Gibson's stellar recent performance, according to a report from TSN's Darren Dreger. Is this the sort of deal that the Flames should pursue aggressively?
November 21 2015 07:34PM
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New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic is a big name top-of-the-roster defenseman on the trade market. The 25-year-old logs major minutes in all situations and has a consistent (and positive) two-way impact at even strength. He's hoping for a trade that would send him from Brooklyn, NY to Western Canada (or somewhere with direct flights to and from Winnipeg).
When a player like Hamonic is on the trade block, you'd be more surprised to find out that a team run by Brian Burke and Brad Treliving weren't involved in trying to make a deal, than you would be to find out that they're pursuing the possibility aggressively.
According to a report on Saturday from Sportsnet's Damien Cox, it would seem that the Flames are indeed very interested in adding Hamonic to their roster. There's a massive fly in the ointment though, and that's the Islanders' asking price. Islanders general manager Garth Snow reportedly would want T.J. Brodie back in return for Hamonic, which is a nonstarter for the Flames. As well it should be.
October 28 2015 10:36AM
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Key Calgary Flames defenseman T.J. Brodie is nearing a return to the lineup, and could play as soon as Wednesday night against the Ottawa Senators. The lanky 25-year-old puck-moving defenseman has yet to play this season as a result of a hand injury, and his absence has been sorely felt by a Flames team that has struggled enormously for any number of reasons.
If Brodie returns on Wednesday, he'll play on a defensive pairing with Mark Giordano. Of course. Where else would he play?
October 28 2015 08:00AM
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The Calgary Flames' season is off to a putrid start.
After being carried by an elite young core of players and advancing to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs last season, the Flames seemed to have improved significantly this past offseason. The core of a successful team remained intact, and the club added a 22-year-old top-of-the-roster quality defenseman in Dougie Hamilton and a very good middle-six play driver in Michael Frolik. This was supposed to be the year the Flames took a serious step forward.
Needless to say that hasn't come to pass so far. The Flames have now lost back-to-back contests in New York City, dropping their record to 2-7-0. We're about three weeks into the season now, and the Flames have yet to win a game in regulation.
Let's recap what's gone wrong in the early going for a Flames team from whom much more was expected.
October 27 2015 07:56PM
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The Calgary Flames have been in the centre of trade rumours for about 10 days and as their on-ice struggles continue, those rumours is beginning to pick up an elevated sense of urgency.
Unlike most NHL teams the Flames have a surplus of defensemen, who are usually a hot commodity on the trade market. The sense that one gets reading and listening to some of the most reliable insiders in hockey is that the Flames would very much like to make a complicated three-dimensional hockey trade involving veteran Dennis Wideman. Wideman's most frequent defense partner Kris Russell is hearing his names pop up in trade reports as well, though it still seems like the Flames would much prefer to keep the shot-blocking ace.