Keegan Kanzig and The Blueline Development Challenge

Ryan Pike
November 06 2015 01:15PM

Professional sports is a tough, demanding racket. And as fans, followers and folks covering a professional sports organization, the push is always for more, better and faster. If the Flames have a good game, the human thing to do is to want another one, or a better one, or to wonder why the Flames couldn't deliver in that manner faster or more often.

When it comes to building for the organization's future, the same instincts often apply. Yesterday, the Flames sent Keegan Kanzig back to major-junior. The instinct, under the "more, better faster" mindset, is to presume it's he's regressing, or at least not developing as fast as he could, or to compare him to other players the Flames could've taken and scoff. All of those perspectives have validity.

But it's important to note that developments like Kanzig's demotion don't occur in a vacuum and aren't merely a product of a single regime.

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Post-Game: Mission Accomplished

Ryan Pike
November 05 2015 11:17PM

(Sergei Belski - USA Today Sports)

The Calgary Flames came into tonight's game with a golden opportunity. They hosted the Philadelphia Flyers, a team that's not particularly deep or particularly good, and who were both (a) in the midst of a five-game skid and (b) forced to start their back-up due to an illness to Steve Mason.

Was there going to be a better time for the Flames to pick up two points? Nope.

And they did it, playing a poised, composed and strangely mature (for these guys) 2-1 overtime victory.

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Report: Keegan Kanzig Sent Back To The Hitmen

Ryan Pike
November 05 2015 01:00PM

In a move that isn't all that surprising given the sheer amount of defensemen presently on their American League affiliate, reports are that the Calgary Flames have re-assigned defender Keegan Kanzig back to the Western Hockey League's Calgary Hitmen.

The move has appeared on the AHL's transactions page - a source that is usually very accurate - and comes as the Stockton Heat temporarily had 10 healthy defensemen with the return of Ryan Culkin to the land of the healthy (and able to play).

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FGD #14: Home Ice Advantage - Flames Host The Flyers

Ryan Pike
November 05 2015 12:00PM

(Sergei Belski - USA Today Sports)

The Calgary Flames try to avoid hitting a historical benchmark super-early in the season tonight when they host the Philadelphia Flyers at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

The Flames (3-9-1) have not been great over the first 13 games, but they haven't been putrid, either. They've shown some flashes of strong play, but their biggest issue has been consistency - that and their defensive zone play. Tonight, in the 14th game of the 2015-16 season, they try to avoid having that second column in the league standings - regulation losses - hitting double-digits. Twice before - back in days of yore before the vaunted loser point - the Flames hit 10 losses at the 16th game of the season: 1995-96 and 1997-98. At this point, the Flames are playing for pride and to keep their flagging playoff hopes alive. Hitting a historical mark for losses isn't a way to do either of those things.

The puck drops at 7pm MT on Sportsnet 360 and Sportsnet 960 The Fan!

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Mangiapane Leads Flames Prospects In October

Ryan Pike
November 04 2015 03:00PM

We're a few days into the month of November now, meaning that the first full month of the hockey calendar is now behind us. We've spent a lot of time waxing poetic about the various National Hockey League players in the Flames system, but to a certain extent we've been so caught up in the doom and/or gloom in Calgary that we've forgotten somewhat about some of the promising youngsters outside of this city.

To that end, here are a few of the strong performances by prospects in the month of October.

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