January 02 2016 11:04PM
How many times have we seen the Calgary Flames "play down" to their opposition and make life more difficult for themselves? Tonight, the Flames out-played the Colorado Avalanche - a non-playoff team in the Central Division - thoroughly for two periods and then solidly for the final frame en route to a rarity: a 4-0 road shutout victory.
It's the team's first shutout of the season and a game that the team won despite Johnny Gaudreau not showing up anywhere on the scoresheet. Jarome Iginla remains at 599 career goals, while the Flames are back at .500.
January 02 2016 10:26PM
The Calgary Flames managed a very one-sided game with the Colorado Avalanche tonight down in Denver. But that good news is paired with some bad news, as Jiri Hudler left the game with a lower-body injury.
The news was announced by the Flames Twitter account mid-way through the third period.
Jiri Hudler (lower body, precautionary) will not return this evening. #CGYvsCOL— Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) January 3, 2016
January 02 2016 02:00PM
The Calgary Flames head to the Mile High City of Denver tonight for a meeting with the Colorado Avalanche. They've slipped just under the .500 market by virtue of a pair of home losses, and now the Flames will try to shed their "team everyone gets milestones against" label when they face Jarome Iginla, who's sitting at 599 career goals.
After a pair of losses to Pacific Division teams, the Flames would love to kick off 2016 with a win, and would probably love to keep the old gunslinger (Iginla) off the scoresheet for a night - sentimentality aside. And if the Flames get a point, it'll be their 3600th standings point in franchise history.
The puck drops just after 8pm MT on CBC and Sportsnet 960 The Fan!
January 01 2016 02:00PM
The clock is ticking in a lot of ways for Calgary Flames forward Markus Granlund.
The 2011 draft pick is in the third and final season of his entry-level contract, after which he'll be a restricted free agent. And once his deal expires this season, he'll be subject to waivers. More urgently, the recovery of Michael Frolik's shoulder in a few weeks means that somebody has to head to the American Hockey League's Stockton Heat to free up a roster spot for the Czech veteran. The most obvious candidate is the still-waiver-exempt Granlund.
But after splitting time between the big-time and the minor leagues over the past three seasons - including 85 appearances for Calgary's AHL affiliates in Abbotsford, Adirondack and Stockton - you get the impression from listening to Granlund's coach that he might not be going anywhere else quite yet.
January 01 2016 11:00AM
The Calgary Flames have plenty of business to take care of this summer, with 21 players becoming restricted or unrestricted free agents on July 1. There has been plenty of chatter about contract extensions for the team's youthful dynamic duo of 21-year-old Sean Monahan and 22-year-old Johnny Gaudreau, and lots of debate about whether the team should attempt to retain defender Kris Russell and winger Jiri Hudler.
Veteran right-wing David Jones may be on the back-burner a bit right now - both in the eyes of fans and management - as a few dominoes need to fall before he becomes a priority. When I spoke with him prior to Saturday's game against Edmonton, he noted that he has yet to have any contract talks with the Flames.