May 16 2014 11:00AM
Season 1 of the official Calgary Flames rebuild was, by many measures, a success. The club was competitive on most nights but finished low enough to guarantee a high caliber prospect in the upcoming draft. We saw the emergence of potential new core pieces in Mikael Backlund, TJ Brodie, Mark Giordano and Sean Monahan, while many of the organization's hopefuls (including Johnny Gaudreau, Jon Gillies, Joni Ortio, Markus Granlund, Max Reinhart, Emile Poirier and Morgan Klimchuk) had very strong seasons in their respective leagues.
May 07 2014 08:24AM
Relevant #fact: since '08 playoffs, teams that were 5+ % better than their opponent in 5v5 fenwick close during the regular season are 25-7.— Dimitri Filipovic (@DimFilipovic) May 2, 2014
It's been a pretty weird year for those of us who were around the the beginning of hockey's "advanced stats" movement. At the start, there were never any thoughts about popularizing their use or getting them into the NHL executive offices. It was simply a collection of enthusiasts asking questions, gathering data and arguing over the implications. That's why the nomenclature is so odd - Fenwick, Corsi, PDO - the stat names were simply shorthand monickers that stuck. There was no consideration about accessibility (ie; marketing).
April 28 2014 12:25PM
It seems a little bizarre for a season this season to feel like a success - a season in which the Flames finished second last in the west - but that's the sense of Flames fans are left with, I think (myself included).
That no one expected anything of the team in the first place is likely the biggest reason people are finding silver linings to focus on in the wake of 2013-14, but there's more to the rising tide of hope in Calgary beyond the influence of lower expectations. The team's noteworthy second half, a fresh new core of talent and a growing stable of prospects are amongst the biggest reasons Flames fans are looking forward to next year.
April 13 2014 09:53AM
Two time NCAA player of the year. Bean Pot MVP. Two time First team all star. Bill Flynn trophy winner. National Champion. World Junion Championship gold medalist. Hobey Baker finalist. Hobey Baker award winner.
And now...Calgary Flame.
April 08 2014 10:07AM
Most of you probably missed it, but the Carolina Hurricanes re-signed young defender Justin Faulk to a 6-year, $4.83 million deal at the end of March. That's significant because Faulk is a strong comparable to the Flames own T.J. Brodie.