Are Teams Waiting Until January To Change Coaches?

Ryan Pike
October 31 2015 04:00PM

I was thinking about the situation that the Calgary Flames - and several other clubs - are in earlier this week, and a thought occurred to be after reading Elliotte Friedman's 30 Thoughts. I think teams are waiting to make potential coaching changes until they know what the league's compensation policy will end up being.

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FGD #12: The Battle of Alberta (8pm MT, CBC)

Ryan Pike
October 31 2015 12:00PM

And so we meet again.

Just two weeks after being embarrassed on home ice by their most bitter historical rival, the Calgary Flames travel up Highway 2 to Alberta's capital city to do battle with the Edmonton Oilers.

Both teams are coming off games with the vaunted Montreal Canadiens. Edmonton delivered a heart-breaking loss to Les Habitants on Thursday night, rallying back from a 3-0 deficit to win 4-3. The Flames kept up for part of Friday's game, but ended up getting trounced 6-2 by Montreal. The Flames enter tonight with a 2-8-1 record, while the Oilers are 4-7-0. It's a big game for a Calgary Flames team desperately needing an emotional lift after winning just once in their past nine games (1-7-1).

Tonight's contest is the late game on Hockey Night in Canada and begins at 8pm MT on CBC (with Dave Randorf and Craig Simpson) and Sportsnet 960 The Fan.


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Post-Game: House of Horrors

Ryan Pike
October 30 2015 10:21PM

On the night before Halloween, the Calgary Flames unleashed an effort that's bound to give their fans nightmares. Facing a Montreal Canadiens club that blew a 3-0 lead 24 hours prior up in Edmonton, the Flames lost by a 6-2 score in a game that they never led - despite them playing some pretty decent hockey through the first two periods.

In a weird game that saw the Flames out-shoot the Habs handily in the second, a Paul Byron breakaway goal and a Dale Weise hat-trick - complete with hats raining down from the Saddledome crowd - the Flames managed to repeatedly and consistently snatch defeat from the jaws of... well, not the jaws of victory, but defeat from the jaws of not defeat.

In short? It was a defensive horror show down at the old barn tonight.

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Dear Brad: Please Don't Trade For Cam Ward

Ryan Pike
October 30 2015 02:00PM

The Calgary Flames are in a bit of a bind.

Heading into Friday's action, they're near the bottom of the NHL's standings and one of several reasons for that is they can't keep the puck out of their net. Through 10 games, they've allowed 40 goals - four per game, which is hardly a recipe for success.

Now, it's natural to explore some options to upgrade any part of the team that they can at this point, but Eric Duhatschek's suggestion on Sportsnet 960 The Fan's morning show yesterday scared the heck out of me. Duhatschek, a man I greatly respect, suggested something a bit out to left field: that the Flames chase Carolina Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward.

I have this desperate plea for Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving: please don't trade for Cam Ward.

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FGD #11: Home Ice Advantage - Flames Host Les Canadiens

Ryan Pike
October 30 2015 12:00PM


(Candice Ward - USA Today Sports)

Just 24 hours after losing a heartbreaker to the Edmonton Oilers, le Club de hockey Canadien (otherwise known as the Montreal Canadiens) visit the friendly confines of the Scotiabank Saddledome for a match-up with the Calgary Flames.

The Canadiens are really, really good, but historically the Flames have risen up to meet their old rival. Maybe it's because they've met in two Stanley Cup Finals three decades ago, and maybe it's because deep down the Flames have always been a staunchly proud bunch, but because this game has the potential for embarrassment, that's the reason I think the home side comes out swinging.

For the curious: the Flames are 2-7-1, the Habs are 9-2-0, and you can catch all the action tonight on Sportsnet Flames and Sportsnet 960 The Fan.

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