Cap and Waiver Concerns Loom If Flames Ever Get Healthy

Ryan Pike
November 11 2015 02:00PM

The Calgary Flames got marginally healthier this week, welcoming back Micheal Ferland to the active NHL roster. But this is probably the last of the "easy" injury activiations, as the eventual return of Jonas Hiller from the injured reserve will likely create some ripples and the resultant lack of cap space will probably cause more than a few grey hairs for Flames General Manager Brad Treliving.

Here's how the organizational roster situation looks as of this morning.

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Post-Game: Tamed By The Panthers

Ryan Pike
November 10 2015 08:47PM

The Calgary Flames had a golden opportunity tonight, facing a team that had lost their last five games and heading into this game with wins in three of their last four games themselves.

But rather than assert themselves and take control of the game, the Flames were instead pulled into the muck by the Florida Panthers and due to some iffy defensive play in their own end at a key time, lost tonight by a 4-3 score.

The good news? At least they kept it close and didn't give up an empty-netter late. The bad news? They let a chance to close the gap in the Western Conference playoff race slip through their fingers.

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Dougie Hamilton Seems A Lot Better Lately

Ryan Pike
November 10 2015 02:00PM

Dougie Hamilton must love T.J. Brodie right about now.

Before Brodie came back from injury, the focus for fans of the Calgary Flames was Dougie Hamilton as he took Brodie's spot on the right side of the top defensive pairing. Why wasn't Hamilton performing well yet? Why hadn't Hamilton and Mark Giordano "clicked" perfectly as a tandem yet, despite being seemingly well-suited for one another? Had the Flames made a big mistake giving up three top-60 picks for this guy?

But T.J. Brodie's return took the spotlight away from Hamilton, and soon thereafter Hamilton seemed to find a comfort zone. I had the chance last weekend to ask around the rink about Hamilton's adjustments since he's joined the Calgary Flames.

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FGD #16: Flames Fly Down To Florida

Ryan Pike
November 10 2015 12:00PM

After racking up a pair of pretty decent wins at home last week, the Calgary Flames hit the road this week for a four-game, eight-day road trip with visions of getting back to .500 tumbling around the back of their minds. The first step in the "Back To Respectability Tour" goes tonight in Sunrise, Florida, as they visit the Panthers.

The Flames (5-9-1) have quietly been playing some good hockey of late, and have been rewarded with wins in three of their last four games and points in four of their last six. They hope to build upon their modest success tonight against the Panthers (5-6-3), who have gotten very good goaltending but just have a knack for not getting the right goal at the right moment (and giving up the wrong goal at the wrong moment).

The Flames hope that knack continues for at least one more game.

The puck drops after 5:30pm MT on Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960 The Fan.

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CalgaryNEXT, The Olympics, And A Political Perfect Storm

Ryan Pike
November 09 2015 08:00AM

This week, the Calgary Flames will once again be the subject of spirited public debate. But for once this season, there won't be discussion about the team's slow start or their power-play. Instead, the proposal for the club's prospective new home will be discussed at Calgary city council, with the discussion revolving around the next steps for the project going forward.

But while the near-future of CalgaryNEXT is debated this week, let's take some time to think about the longer term - because how a new home for the Calgary Flames is going to actually unfold probably has as much to do about the bigger political picture as it does about the goings-on at City Hall.

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