Costing out a long-term Johnny Gaudreau deal

Ryan Pike
December 18 2015 02:00PM

Johnny Gaudreau is a special hockey player.

Way back when, in 2011, the Calgary Flames selected him in the fourth round and hoped that his speed, tenacity and puck-artistry from the United States Hockey League could someway, somehow translate to the collegiate level and that hopefully he'd turn into a decent professional someday. And here we are, roughly four and a half years later, and the Gaudreau selection seems like one of the most significant steals of the past few years of NHL drafting.

But now that Gaudreau has established himself as a bonafide, top-flight NHL scorer, the Flames will have to open up their pocket-book and pay the man. So what should we expect to see when Gaudreau's new deal is announced?

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FGD #31: Invading Texas

Ryan Pike
December 17 2015 12:00PM

Just over two weeks ago, the Calgary Flames limped home from a bad road trip. With their season hanging by a thread, they faced the National Hockey League's top team in a game that seemed prime for the Flames to get embarrassed, given that they were dead-last at that point. Instead, the Flames pulled out some late-game magic and beat the Dallas Stars in a shootout.

Now here we are, six games (and six wins) later, and the Flames visit Dallas for a return engagement with the NHL's top team. However, the Flames are a confident bunch that seem to keep finding ways to win, no matter how bizarre the circumstances. It's definitely not sustainable, but considering how boring and frustrating prior games this season were to watch, I don't think anybody minds the change of pace.

The puck drops at 6:30pm MT on Sportsnet Flams and Sportsnet 960 The Fan!

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Bob Hartley may be out of the woods

Ryan Pike
December 17 2015 09:00AM

When we closed out November, there was an undercurrent of dread among those of us that follow (and cover) the Calgary Flames. The team was not good. The roster? On paper, it was good. But the team had failed to coalesce as anticipated, and as a result the finger-pointing had begun.

The most common person facing the blame for the team's underwhelming play? Reigning Jack Adams Award winner Bob Hartley, Calgary's head coach.

However, two factors have combined to probably save Hartley's job - at least for now. First, Calgary's won a lot recently - albeit usually in ugly, unconventional, and frustrating ways. When December began, the Flames were 9 points out of the playoffs and tied for last place overall. Today, the Flames are tied for a playoff spot and 5 points out of last place. 

But arguably more importantly, the nature of the coaching staff that Hartley has cobbled together has insulated him somewhat from an in-season firing. Because of these factors, he may be out of the woods.

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Brad Treliving Watched A Lot Of Hockey In Ontario

Ryan Pike
December 16 2015 03:00PM

Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving has been a busy man of late, as is his reputation. While the Flames executive has yet to make a big transaction to bolster his hockey club, he's been seen out and about throughout the rinks of Ontario during the past week.

In addition to Elliotte Friedman noting that Treliving had been scouting OHL games in the area (it's going to be a very OHL-heavy draft this year), he was also spotted in a couple of NHL arenas.

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Post-Game: That's It, Back To .500!

Ryan Pike
December 15 2015 09:07PM

The Calgary Flames played an utterly horrible 20 minutes of hockey. Thankfully, they only gave up a goal and played much better from that point onwards, with T.J. Brodie tying the game in the second and the Flames winning the only way they know how: overtime.

By virtue of a nice pass from Johnny Gaudreau during the 3-on-3, the Flames beat the Nashville Predators by a 2-1 score and are back at .500 with a 14-14-2 record. Like many of Calgary's wins, it wasn't pretty, but they got the job done.

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