October 27 2015 02:30PM
With the Calgary Flames having earned just four points through their first nine games, trade rumours will heat up even more than they already have.
Inevitably, many different Flames players will appear in these trade rumours. Before you go out and get excited (or terrified) about the prospect of the Flames trading away your favourite player (or your least favourite), we've compiled a handy guide for why the Flames might move a player, and why they might not.
So before you get too excited or sad about a rumoured trade, here's our handy guide to how likely each Flames roster player is to actually being shipped out of town.
October 26 2015 08:19PM
The Calgary Flames lost tonight by a 4-0 score to the New York Islanders in Brooklyn's Barclays Center.
The Flames were decent early and pretty good in the first half of the second period. However, the team never found the energy level they found in their win at home against Detroit. You have to hold a team accountable to their wins, and Calgary lacked compete, execution and really seemed to fall apart once they got down by a couple of goals.
The result? They fly to Ottawa for their 10th game of the season with a woeful 2-7-0 record through their first nine games.
October 26 2015 12:00PM
After last night's 4-1 loss in Manhattan to the New York Rangers, the Calgary Flames remain in the Empire State - and in New York City - as they cross the East River for their second game in as many nights. This time, the Flames (2-6-0) face off against another tough opponent in the form of the New York Islanders (5-2-1) in their first meeting at Brooklyn's Barclays Center.
With just four of a possible 16 points through the first eight games of their season, the Flames absolutely, positively need some points. And if they can't get points, they absolutely need to have a solid 60 minutes of hockey that they can use as a base to build upon growing forward.
The action gets going just after 5pm MT on Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960 The Fan!
October 25 2015 08:13PM
The Calgary Flames hit the road tonight in the first game of their three-game road trip, facing off against the New York Rangers.
After an early first period goal, the Flames did their best to keep pace with the Rangers. Unfortunately, a series of second period chances resulted in zero goals and the Rangers soon kicked it into gear. The Flames couldn't come close to matching their hosts, and they ended up losing 4-1 to the Rangers.
For those hoping for a consistent 60 minute effort from the Flames, the result was a tad underwhelming.
October 25 2015 09:30AM
Winning hockey games on the road is tough. Your players aren't familiar with the boards and their bounces. They aren't familiar with the quality of the ice surface, so they don't know if there are any rough spots or weird quirks. Playing on the road throws them out of their well-honed routines. And that also ignores the bigger tactical issues of playing away from home: the other side gets to dictate match-ups, potentially negating the strengths of your team's best players.
So it's probably not shocking to learn that the teams that do well on the road, particularly on long stretches away from home, are most often the teams that make the post-season. In the case of the Calgary Flames, looking at the past three seasons under head coach Bob Hartley, you can somewhat trace the team's progression from veteran-filled also-ran to aspiring playoff team based on how they did on road trips (of three games or longer).