October 17 2016 08:00AM
Okay, so this wasn't the start we were all hoping for. Going 0-3* against the Oilers and Canucks definitely sours the start of the Glen Gulutzan era somewhat.
*(0-2-1 technically, but 0-3 feels more honest)
Still, this is no time to panic. Starting the year off poorly was almost inevitable given what the club was facing: an entirely new coaching staff, new additions to the roster and a top line that didn't skate together once before the puck dropped. Playing three games in four nights - all of them home openers - likely didn't help things either.
There are a lot of moving parts here, so it's understandable if the Flames don't quite have their feet under them yet. I figure it can take a new coach up to 20 games to really begin to understand what he has in his roster, but Gulutzan has already begun to make the proper adjustments after stubbing his toe on opening night.
It's a tough pill to swallow after an off-season of anticipation and optimism, but it'll get better. In today's mailbag, we talk about Brian Elliott and what the Flames have to do to take the next step.
October 12 2016 08:00AM
The beginning is always the easy part.
It's easy to sell hope at the onset of a rebuild. It's easy to be excited about the new GM, the new coach, the new direction of a team. It's fun to watch the organization pick blue chip prospects at the top of the draft. The hard stuff comes after.
The Brad Treliving regime is exiting the lowered expectations phase of the current rebuild. The kids are getting expensive, the core is starting to coalesce and the club is rubbing uncomfortably against the cap ceiling. Treliving was able to pick his own coaching staff this offseason and by next summer the budget will be clear of the prior regime's last few mistakes (Dennis Wideman and Ladislav Smid).
Which means it's time to start crawling back up the Western Conference standings rather than hoping for a top five draft pick. While it's unrealistic to expect the Flames to instantly jump to contender status this season, the objective has to be real, substantial improvement.
October 11 2016 11:15AM
Welcome to the 2016-17 season Flames fans!
Johnny Gaudreau is signed, Calgary has a new goalie tandem and a completely revamped coaching staff. The Treliving era is now in full effect.
There are lots of reasons to be optimistic heading into the new season, but nevertheless a lot of question marks remain. Will the new coaching staff make a positive influence? Will any of the hopefuls make an impact this season?
We look at these questions and more in the latest edition of the FlamesNation Mailbag.
October 10 2016 10:10AM
#Isles will be placing PA Parenteau on waivers today, according to a source. Certainly a surprise there.— Arthur Staple (@StapeNewsday) October 10, 2016
Word is P.A. Parenteau is hitting the waiver wire today and the Flames should seriously consider picking up his $1.25M contract.
The 33-year-old RWer is no spring chicken and he doesn't seem to get a lot of respect around the league, but his results are always above board and he fills a very real need on the Flames roster.
October 05 2016 08:00AM
Training camp is nearing its end and the Calgary Flames still have three players hanging around on professional tryouts: Chris Higgins, Lauri Korpikosi and Nicklas Grossmann. It could be that these guys are just extra bodies to fill the veteran quota for the last two exhibition games - or it could be that the club is actually considering keeping one of them around.
Let's not bury the lede here. No, the Flames shouldn't sign any of their PTOs. The club's cap situation is precarious as things stand, and none of the players offer anything that can't be found elsewhere for nothing.
Shorter version: they're all pretty lousy.