March 19 2016 11:00AM
So the Calgary Flames will not be in the playoffs. It's sad, but it's true. But for you hearty souls that are starved for playoff action, there are several teams with tenuous connections to the Flames that may be headed to the post-season - or have already begun the second season.
Here's a look at the non-Flames Flames squads, most chock-full of prospects, and where they sit in regards to the playoffs.
March 18 2016 10:22PM
The penalty kill has been a sore spot for the Calgary Flames this season, to put it mildly. To be more blunt, the Flames' inability to kill a ton of penalties (and to give up power-play goals at the wrong time of tight games) has cost the Flames wins and points. So it's probably been nice lately to see the man-down unit shut down the opposing teams and actually score goals.
It happened again tonight. Two goals in 30 seconds by the penalty kill powered the Flames to a point. They lost 4-3 to the Colorado Avalanche in the shootout at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
March 18 2016 12:00PM
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As the season winds down, it's a bit fitting that Jarome Iginla's Colorado Avalanche are visiting. The Avalanche are deep in the playoff hunt, and actually hold the hammer right now regarding the Flames tenuous playoff hopes. More than likely, the Flames will be eliminated from the post-season within a week or so. That said, they've been playing good hockey of late and a visit from their old friend can provide a glimpse of what the team once was - a veteran-laden group - and hopefully drive their motivation to transform into what they want to become - a consistent playoff team.
The puck drops at 7pm MT on Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960 The Fan!
March 17 2016 01:00PM
A little while back, we took a look at Joni Ortio's status for this coming summer. Due to his age and National Hockey League experience, Ortio was likely to become a Group 6 free agent at the end of the season...unless he played a certain number of games of 30 minutes or more.
After last night's game, Ortio has played enough games (26) to be a restricted free agent on July 1.
This would be Ortio’s 26th game. Even though CBA says 28 to keep him RFA, it can be 26 because lockout year is pro-rated. #Flames— Pat Steinberg (@Fan960Steinberg) March 16, 2016
March 17 2016 10:00AM
Due to Kenny Agostino being a healthy scratch, his Stockton Heat teammate Freddie Hamilton got to play in his first contest as a member of the Calgary Flames last night.
Best known as Dougie Hamilton's older brother, Hamilton's been a big part of the Heat's offense this season and has been one of the reliable older players on a pretty young team. How did his return to the National Hockey League go?
Overall? He was pretty solid, if unspectacular.