FlamesNation Player Evaluations: Karri Ramo

Ryan Pike
May 13 2016 12:00PM

Few players in the entire National Hockey League saw the highs and lows that Calgary Flames goaltender Karri Ramo did during the 2015-16 season.

He started the opening game of the season... and got lit up by Vancouver. He was inconsistent enough in October to get waived and banished to the American Hockey League. He played a period in the minors only to return when Jonas Hiller was injured. Ramo played well enough to get Calgary back into the playoff picture, only to see his season ended when a goal-mouth collision exploded his knee (and probably derailed his chances for another contract with the Flames).

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The tangled web of Brad Pascall

Ryan Pike
May 13 2016 08:00AM

The Calgary Flames scored themselves a hockey operations coup a couple summers ago when they recruited Brad Pascall into the fold as an assistant general manager.

Arguably most popularly known prior to that hiring as Cassie Campbell-Pascall's spouse, Pascall brought with him a decent hockey-playing resume and an absolutely massive Rolodex of connections that he accrued over a few decades in the national men's team portfolio of Hockey Canada.

After just two short seasons, Pascall's fingerprints are already all over the Flames organization and undoubtedly will play a part in the hiring of the next head coach and his staff.

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FlamesNation Player Evaluations: Dougie Hamilton

Ryan Pike
May 12 2016 12:00PM

Douglas Jonathan "Dougie" Hamilton came to the Calgary Flames in a dramatic manner, moving from the Boston Bruins to the Flames for three draft picks the afternoon prior to the 2015 NHL Draft in Florida. National media waggled their tongues, simultaneously wondering why a 22-year-old would want out of Boston while salivating at the possibilities of Calgary's impressive blueline bunch.

Unfortunately, the bar was perhaps set too high initially for Hamilton. Was his play to the standard of a top-four blueliner making $5.75 million per season? Eventually, yes. But Hamilton's season trajectory was basically a microcosm of the entire club's: they were lost without T.J. Brodie acting as a safety net in October and once they got their wits about them by about mid-to-late November, they were too far out for it to make much of a difference.

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Could Mike Yeo land in Calgary?

Ryan Pike
May 12 2016 08:00AM

A slight development in the Calgary Flames coaching search emerged yesterday, as Minnesota Wild beat reporter extraordinaire Mike Russo revealed a bit of info via a tweet:

Yeo was under contract with the Wild for another season but was relieved of his coaching duties in February during the seemingly annual Minnesota mid-season lull. Interim coach John Torchetti came in and managed to turn things around.

One of the youngest head coaches in the league when he initially took the helm of the Wild to begin the 2011-12 season, Yeo has five years (and three playoff seasons) under his belt as a head coach along with a good resume as an AHL head coach and an assistant coach in Pittsburgh, where he won a Stanley Cup.

Could he be a fit as Calgary's next head coach?

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The best and worst Flames coaches ever

Ryan Pike
May 10 2016 10:00AM

The Calgary Flames are currently looking for a head coach.

Over their 44 seasons in the National Hockey League, the Flames have had 17 head coaches (including interims). Some were good. Some were bad. All of them lost their job in one way or another. If you want to get technical, two of them fired themselves.

Here's our ranking of Flames coaches from worst to best.

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