Waiver status could factor into the Flames' deadline decision-making

Ryan Pike
February 19 2017 12:00PM

As you have probably heard if you have working eyes or ears these days, the National Hockey League's trade deadline is rapidly approaching. On March 1, teams have to make a ton of quick decisions as the door to make transactions slams shut. 

The Calgary Flames are one of the teams who have to not only figure out their options for the rest of this season, but also project out what their plans are for next season. Waiver eligibility could be a big factor in the decision-making.

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Post-Game: Flames Leave A Point On The Table

Ryan Pike
February 18 2017 11:54PM

(Anne-Marie Sorvin / USA Today Sports)

Saturday night's collision between the Calgary Flames and the Vancouver Canucks was big for both teams. The Flames had a golden chance to effectively end Vancouver's playoff hopes. The Canucks had a chance to claw closer to the Flames and keep their post-season dreams alive for another night. In a tight-checking, playoff-like atmosphere, it ended up being largely the performance of the two netminders that determined things.

The Flames lost 2-1 in overtime to Vancouver. They were both extremely unlucky to only get the single point and extremely fortunate to get anything at all considering how close they came to leaving empty-handed.

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FGD 59: Hockey day on the west coast (8pm MT, CBC)

Ryan Pike
February 18 2017 12:00PM

(Candice Ward / USA Today Sports)

We love HOME games; have Liquor Depot deliver in under an hour. Click, pick, sit back and watch the game.

The Calgary Flames had a rough start to the season, going on a skid that included a shootout loss in Vancouver where the only goal they were credited with was scored by the Canucks on their own net. Given their respective starts, it's somewhat ironic that the Flames can virtually kill the Canucks' playoff chances tonight at Rogers Arena.

The Flames and Canucks are probably each others' biggest rivals at this point. Between the importance of their games of each other, the level of emotion displayed by both teams, and occasional craziness like line brawls and other shenanigans, these guys really don't like each other. The Flames won their first playoff round in over a decade against the Canucks in 2015, they can go a long way towards returning to the post-season this year with a win tonight.

The puck drops at 8 p.m. MT on CBC and Sportsnet 960 The Fan!

Check out a view from the other side over at Canucks Army!

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The 2017 Playoff Chase: back from the bye

Ryan Pike
February 17 2017 02:00PM

Welcome to the sixth week of our Western Conference playoff race coverage. The Calgary Flames have completed their five day bye period and are back for their stretch drive. Despite their idleness, the standings didn't change a heck of a lot around them.

Let's check out the race as we begin the weekend!

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What if the Flames do nothing at the trade deadline?

Ryan Pike
February 17 2017 08:00AM

Since becoming the Calgary Flames' general manager in April of 2014, Brad Treliving has built up a reputation as a man of action. He's been busy throughout his tenure, including making fairly hefty transactions at basically every major milestone in the National Hockey League's calendar.

But with the expansion draft looming just over the horizon and the Flames in a precarious position both cap-wise and in the standings, what if Treliving doesn't do anything at this year's trade deadline? Here's why that might very well happen on March 1.

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