Garbage Bag Day Blog and Open Thread

Ryan Pike
April 28 2013 10:44AM



Sunday is the official end of the 2013 season for your Calgary Flames. Players undergo end-of-season medicals and meet with the coaching staff, then visit with the assembled local media before heading off to the off-season.

I'll be down at the 'Dome all day and will be updating this throughout the day with the aim of proving a glimpse behind the curtain of what's traditionally a long, long day for hockey media. I hope it's an interesting read.

And, heck, why not make a day out of it, right?

Feel free to ask questions and otherwise go about your business. Click past the jump for the updates


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Post-Game: Goodbye, Farewell and Amen

Ryan Pike
April 27 2013 12:50AM


Chicago Blackhawks / NHL

pic via Nicole Yeary

The Calgary Flames headed east to sweet home Chicago for their final date of the truncated 2013 season. Given that it was a contest between a non-playoff squad and the NHL's newly-crowned Presidents' Trophy winners, there were certain expectations for how the game would go.

Would those expectations be met? In terms of the result, yes, but in terms of the effort? Not entirely.

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The Next Ones: Five Future Flames

Ryan Pike
April 25 2013 11:51AM



The 2013 season is almost finished, so it's time to look towards the future. The benefit of the last dozen games and the audition process is that the Flames and their coaching staff knows which players fit and which don't. Here's a quick gander at five guys who, while they haven't locked themselves into full-time jobs in the NHL quite yet, are really close. (Well, okay, four that are close and one that's a bit of a stretch.) 

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Flames Make Moves: Draft Picks and Pending Free Agents

Ryan Pike
April 23 2013 08:39AM


Over the past month your Calgary Flames have made a lot of moves. Gone are Jarome Iginla, Jay Bouwmeester and Blake Comeau. Acquired in their place were a lot of future assets – Ben Hanowski, Kenny Agostino, Reto Berra, Mark Cundari, two first round draft picks and a fifth round pick, all in this year's draft

In addition, the Flames have signed a ton of guys. In the past month, the club has come to terms with Tyler Wotherspoon, Laurent Brossoit, Hanowski, Berra, John Ramage, Markus Granlund and Joey MacDonald.

So with those moves done, where do they stand going forward?

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FGD: The Heat Is On

Ryan Pike
April 21 2013 11:25AM


We're into the last four games of the 2013 Calgary Flames season. It ends on the road, so those of you cheering for losses and good odds in the draft lottery can rejoice, because the Flames have been downright lousy on the road this year. They boast the league's 15th best home record and 29th best road record, which is how they enter the game at 25th overall with a 18-22-4 record.

Despite all the injuries, inconsistency and everything else, Calgary can still finish at .500. It's a minor miracle.

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