The Gilmour trade turns 25

Ryan Pike
January 02 2017 03:30PM

In the 1980s the Calgary Flames were a powerhouse. Driven by their desire to beat the Edmonton Oilers and win some post-season hardware, they eventually toppled their northern rivals and made two trips to the Stanley Cup Final.

The 1990s weren't nearly as kind to the Flames. Some of their troubles were due to the NHL's economics, with the declining Canadian dollar leading to a rather drastic sell-off of talent as the decade progressed. But easily the biggest setback to the organization's fortunes was self-inflicted.

Twenty-five years ago today, the Flames made one of the worst trades in the history of the National Hockey League when they traded away Doug Gilmour.

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Calgary's individual Corsi differentials are a mixed bag

Ryan Pike
January 02 2017 02:00PM

If you've been reading this site for very long, you've probably figured out that we value shot metrics like Corsi in evaluating players. That's because goals are rare in hockey and to determine how much a player actually drives play – and helps their team win – we have to rely on more common events like shots, missed shots and blocked shots (otherwise known as Corsi events).

One simple way of looking at a player's performance is through their Corsi differential: subtracting their on-ice Corsi events against from their Corsi events for at five-on-five. We've collected Corsi differentials for most of the Flames regulars for each of the past three seasons, along with their offensive zone start percentages to give some context to their numbers.

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Post-Game: Flames beat bad team to close out 2016

Ryan Pike
December 31 2016 11:17PM

The Calgary Flames are in a very favourable section of their schedule. After facing a lot of good clubs on lengthy road trips, the Flames are spending a lot of time at home and playing games against teams below them in the standings. But, as the saying goes, you still have to win those games.

The Flames weren't amazing tonight, but they polished off the 2016 section of their schedule with a 4-2 victory over the lowly Arizona Coyotes. They were good in the first period and then good enough for the remaining 40 minutes.

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Flames at the World Juniors Day Six: Jostling for Position

Ryan Pike
December 31 2016 08:58PM

After having zero players in action at Day Five of the 2017 World Junior Championship, all five Calgary Flames prospects played at Day Six. While none of them were in situations where medal round qualification was on the line, all of the games had some stakes in terms of determining match-ups.

Aside from Canada, every team featuring Flames prospects won.

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FGD 39: Closing out 2016 (8pm MT, CBC/SN1/360)

Ryan Pike
December 31 2016 12:00PM

After 83 previous contests, the Calgary Flames finally put 2016 to bed tonight. The year wasn't great to the team, but they've definitely done some good things. They close the year our with a relatively easy assignment in the National Hockey League's team with the fewest wins: the Arizona Coyotes. That said, the Flames have required overtime to beat the Coyotes in two of their three meetings this season, so they probably shouldn't take them too lightly.

The puck drops just after 8 p.m. MT on CBC, Sportsnet One and 360 – it's a split national-feed game with the Canucks/Oilers game – and Sportsnet 960 The Fan.

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