Why Brandon Hickey probably won't sign this summer

Ryan Pike
March 26 2016 08:00AM

The NCAA national championship tournament kicks off this weekend, with 16 of the top American college teams battling for supremacy. We've written a lot about the fate of Providence College senior Mark Jankowski, Calgary's first round pick in 2012, but we haven't mused all that much about Boston University's Brandon Hickey (aside from some detailed thoughts and analysis from your pal Ryan Lambert).

Let's not mince words: Jankowski's definitely going pro next season. Hickey? We're not so sure, because there doesn't seem to be an obvious spot for him to fit in the Flames pro system.

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Providence College Loses In Double-OT, Jankowski Watch Heats Up

Ryan Pike
March 25 2016 06:36PM

The Providence College Friars lost to the Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs in double overtime earlier today in the first round of the NCAA's national championship tournament. The loss ends the Friars season and also serves as the end of the line for Providence College's eight seniors, including 2012 Calgary Flames first round pick Mark Jankowski (and 2013 Flames seventh round pick John Gilmour).

The Flames have until August 15 to sign both players, at which point they become unrestricted free agents (and the Flames would receive a compensatory second round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft due to Jankowski's departure).

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Post-Game: Zach Attack (or That Was Parise)

Ryan Pike
March 24 2016 09:25PM

If you're a fan of bad pun headlines, this was the game for you. If you're a fan of the Calgary Flames playing a solid 60 minutes of ice hockey but falling short, you're in the wrong place.

The Flames gave up three goals in the first period and dropped a one-sided match this evening by a 6-2 score to the Minnesota Wild. As a result, the Flames are pushed to the verge of playoff elimination. Aside from a few flurries here and there, the Flames did not look like a team that should be anywhere near the post-season mix.

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FGD #74: Running Wild

Ryan Pike
March 24 2016 12:00PM

The Calgary Flames continuing their Playing Out The String 2016 tour this evening, as they visit the scenic Twin Cities area to play the Minnesota Wild.

The game is a homecoming for goalie Niklas Backstrom, and the significance of this game ends there for the visitors. The Flames have gone .500 on this trip to date, and they're facing a club that needs to win this game to give themselves a shot to make the playoffs. The Flames are trying things out and letting a 38-year-old veteran get a second start because...it's what they had to promise him (reportedly) to get him to waive his no-move clause and get them a late draft pick.

So no matter what happens tonight, just close your eyes and imagine what a sixth round pick could be. Andrew Mangiapane was a sixth round pick.

Tonight's game begins at 6pm MT on Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960 The Fan!

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Revisiting the expected goals model

Ryan Pike
March 24 2016 10:00AM

The past is a pretty good predictor of the future, which is why a lot of models of future performance are based upon past performance. Earlier this season, we used past shooting (and saving) performances to predict how many goals the Calgary Flames should be expected to score (or allow).

As you'd expect, a lot of the team's issues can be heaped upon a handful of players when performance is analyzed through this lens.

Let's dive in!

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