October 25 2015 01:00PM
Just as the good ship Flames was starting to taking on water and list badly, a ray of light burst through the clouds, hinting the terrible storm of suck might be ending. Calgary finally played a convincing 60 minutes in their OT win over the Red Wings. It was, by far, their best effort of the season with noteworthy performances from many of the leaders who have been struggling so far.
Despite the win, there remains a lot of questions about roster and trade rumour swirling around the club. We talk about a few of these - and Mark Jankowski! - in today's mailbag.
October 22 2015 01:00PM
It's been a terrible start. Worst in franchise history in fact.
After a season of overachieving and then a summer of almost nothing but good news, the Flames stumble out of the gate is like a splash of cold water in the face of Flames Nation. This is the first legitimate bump in the road for the Treliving-era Calgary Flames. It's essential that the organization's neophyte GM doesn't fold in the face of this initial spate of adversity.
Desperate times and desperate measures rarely make for wise decisions. For an object lesson, consider the Dion Phaneuf trade.
October 19 2015 12:00PM
Five games in and the Flames are stumbling through a nightmarish start to the season. It's way too early to say the regression gods are taking their revenge, but it's certainly been a discouraging opening foray. The Flames have seen a lot of the bounces that favoured them last year go the opposite way so far while the opportunistic offense and last minute comebacks have been tragically absent.
No one is panicking yet, but it's not unfair to say that the team has to play a lot better very soon in order to be a going concern in the hyper competitive West.
This week in the mailbag we look at (question the) coaching, goaltending and defense.
October 13 2015 09:00AM
And we're off.
Well, sort of. The Flames stumbled badly out of the gates in game 1, but managed to turn things around and look like an NHL team in the rematch. Phew. It will be interesting now to see how Calgary matches up against someone aside form the Canucks, particularly because I think Vancouver is probably not going to be a playoff squad this year.
It's still very early to be making any judgements, but there's a few issues that are already popping up. Today's mailbag talks about goalie trades, Sam Bennett, line combinations and developing defensemen.
October 07 2015 09:00AM
It wasn't supposed to be this way.
This season was supposed to be one of modest expectations. One where the Flames, having bottomed out in the race for McDavid, began to take a few shaky steps back up the Western Conference ladder. A year where the org would still be considered sellers at the deadline, where the management would still be sorting through hopefuls and fringe NHLers.
Instead, the cardiac kids defied prognosticators and analytics alike to emerge as the NHL's unlikeliest Cinderella story last year, held up by the magic of late period comebacks and OT heroics.
The incredible outburst of unexpected success revived a flagging fanbase and restored some luster to the Flames franchise. The question is, can the Flames manage to build on their 2014-15 and become legitimate contenders?