December 16 2014 09:43AM
It's been a pendulum season for the Flames. At first, the club enjoyed some of the league's best goaltending. When that cooled off, they start winning with the league's best even strength shooting percentage. After a couple months of exceeding everyone's expectations, they've finally run head first into a five game losing streak, despite the fact the team has been playing fundamentally better hockey in December.
Which is why I feel like this is a good time to talk about luck a bit more in depth.
November 24 2014 01:30PM
I argued many years ago that an NHL prospect needs at least two of three things to break into the league: talent, opportunity and luck. The reality is a bit more complicated, of course, but as a simple rule of thumb it tends to hold.
The first two factors are self explanatory. Luck, the third, is the tricky one, both to obtain and understand. My consideration of luck as a key factor in getting kids to the show was based on the illustrative example of David Moss some years ago in Calgary. I think it's an illustrative example of what's happening with Granlund currently and why it will likely mean he's destined to stick in the big league.
November 17 2014 09:20AM
The Flames near the 20-game mark in a position nobody could have anticipated heading into the season - firmly ensconced in the playoff picture near the top of the Western Conference. The Flames have scored a conference high 59 goals in 19 games and are ahead of heavy hitters like Los Angeles, San Jose and Chicago in the standings.
Will it last? And, if not, should the Flames results so far be completely dismissed as good fortune? No to both, I'd say.
October 30 2014 01:00PM
We're about an eigth of the way through the season and the picture is still pretty blurry, though a few things are starting to come into focus. The main thing being the fact Calgary probably isn't bad enough to finish first in the Connor McDavid race. I'll talk about that and Hartley's weird experiments, Sean Monahan's step forward, Mikael Backlund's usage and Johnny Gaudreau's development...
October 20 2014 01:37PM
As originally reported by Sportsnet's scoops guru Elliotte Friedman yesterday, the Calgary Flames have officially signed defenseman T.J. Brodie to a five-year contract extension. The deal kicks off next season and runs through the conclusion of the 2019-20 season. The team didn't release money terms, officially. But Friedman reported the average annual value of the deal to be about $4.65 million per year. Although Brodie still had another 8 months before becoming a restricted free agent, his new long-term contract has been a long time coming.