July 27 2015 01:00PM
As we race head-long into the quieter parts of the summer months, we're kicking off a look-back at prior Calgary Flames seasons here at FlamesNation. That look back begins with 2000-01, the first campaign of the current century.
The NHL was a different place back in the fall of 2000. The league added a pair of teams to its ranks (the Minnesota Wild and Columbus Blue Jackets), swelling it to an unheard-of 30 teams amidst some hand-wringing over the size of the league and quality of play league-wide. The Flames? They hadn't won a playoff round since the 1989 Stanley Cup Final, and hadn't made a playoff appearance since 1996.
That streak of futility would, unfortunately, continue.
July 26 2015 11:00AM
When the summer began for the Calgary Flames, fans were mostly still awash in the afterglow of something foreign around these parts - a playoff run. Not only did they make an appearance, but the unthinkable happened: they won a playoff round.
So this summer's hand-wringing has mostly been about "Man, if only the Flames could've had X" to get them over the top. And after a summer that saw the Flames horrid possession numbers buttressed by the additions of possession mavens Michael Frolik and Dougie Hamilton, the big question is thus: Were the Flames' off-season additions enough to convince you they can win again in 2015-16? And if not, what are they missing? What did you want them to do that they didn't?
July 25 2015 11:00AM
The biggest news of this past week was the signing of forward Lance Bouma to a new three-year deal. The deal has been seemingly praised and trashed by the local hockey community.
Those praising it typically are pointing at Bouma's on-ice leadership, tenacity and determination, as well as his ability to score key goals, in justifying his $2.2 million cap hit through 2017-18. The main criticisms of the deal tend to fall into the realm of "Well, he's a tremendous role player, but man, that's a lot of money for a bottom-six player..."
I don't mind the deal myself, but it does tighten the noose a bit next summer in terms of managing the salary cap.
July 24 2015 11:55AM
Scratch another item off Brad Treliving's off-season to-do list.
The sophomore Calgary Flames general manager has reportedly inked forward Josh Jooris to a one-year contract, avoiding arbitration with the restricted free agent.
#Flames and Josh Jooris settle for 1 yr deal at $975,000.— Tim Wharnsby (@TimWharnsby) July 24, 2015
Josh Jooris settled with CAL at $975,000— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) July 24, 2015
July 24 2015 11:00AM
Our unofficial statistics week continues here at FlamesNation as we continued to poke the analytics beehive to look at the 2014-15 edition of the Calgary Flames.
Today we look at special teams.
In a way, this is an extension of yesterday's look at scoring chances using War On Ice's figures. By adjusting for differences in ice-time by looking at the Chances Per 60 Minutes rates, we can see who the most and least effective penalty killers and power-play personnel were on the hockey club.
We set a floor of 50 minutes on the ice for the power-play and penalty kill to limit the discussion to regular special teams contributors.