A Look At Jon Gillies' Options

Ryan Pike
March 17 2015 11:08AM

The Providence College Friars lost to New Hampshire on Sunday, which ended their quest for a Hockey East conference championship. For now, their status for the NCAA's annual national championship tournament is up in the air, as they're one of several contenders for "at-large" bids, and their chances are contingent on which teams win which conferences.

Which brings us to Calgary Flames 2012 third round draft pick Jon Gillies.

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The Playoff Chase - March 16 2015

Ryan Pike
March 16 2015 01:00PM

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We're getting into the dwindling days of the 2014-15 season, as most teams still involved in the Western Conference playoff bubble have between 11 and 13 games remaining on the docket.

Considering magic numbers are around that level, as well, we're hitting the nitty gritty here.

Here's a quick glance at where we sit to start this week.

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How Are The Prospects Doing?

Ryan Pike
March 15 2015 01:04PM

The Calgary Flames are pushing for a playoff spot. Down in the American Hockey League, the Adirondack Flames are doing the same thing. But there's a bunch of other players in the Flames organization who are also toiling away, working towards (eventual) NHL opportunities.

So on this sleepy Sunday, how are the Flames (non-pro) prospects doing? (European prospects exempted because they both already finished their seasons.)

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Post-Game: Close, But No Cigar

Ryan Pike
March 14 2015 11:48PM

The Calgary Flames lost tonight.

They out-played Colorado for two periods and couldn't bury enough of their chances. It was their second game in as many nights, in as many different cities. They just couldn't get "the next goal," so they lost by a goal on the road. The Backlund/Bouma/Jones line played pretty well, though.

Losses happen. They still need 7 wins and/or 14 points to make the post-season, most likely.

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FGD #69: Visiting Iginla (8pm MT, CBC)

Ryan Pike
March 14 2015 01:00PM

With just 14 games remaining in the regular season, the Calgary Flames are in a strange, strange position.

Two years ago, the Flames traded Jarome Iginla away. Why? He was their all-time leading scorer and best player ever, and the hope was they could flip the asset and get younger while giving Iginla a chance to win a Stanley Cup.

Two years later, the Flames are much more likely to be in the playoffs than Iginla's latest team, the Colorado Avalanche, are. Life's weird sometimes.

Calgary's magic number is 13. Any combination of 13 Flames wins or Winnipeg Jets losses results in Calgary returning to the playoffs. With 14 games remaining, the team's destiny is still very much in their own hands.

Puck drop is at 8pm MT. The game's on CBC (with Paul Romanuk and Mike Johnson) and Sportsnet 960 The Fan (with Derek Wills and Peter Loubardias).

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