The Right Way and the Wrong Way (For Now)

Pat Steinberg
May 21 2015 11:18AM

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The Calgary Flames need more organizational depth on their blueline. Not only do you and I know that, but so does General Manager Brad Treliving who admitted as such last week in his season ending news conference. This week's signing of Czech product Jakub Nakladal has already started to address the issue in what I believe is the proper way. Wax on: low risk moves that have minimal immediate impact on the salary cap. Wax off: making a big splash in unrestricted free agency come July.

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The Impact of Bob Hartley

Pat Steinberg
May 07 2015 10:24AM

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Calgary Flames Head Coach Bob Hartley is a finalist for the Jack Adams Trophy and will likely end up being named NHL Coach of the Year. It seems to make sense, right? Hartley was behind the bench as the Flames engineered a 20 point turnaround from last year, jumping from 77 to 97 points. Typically, a resurrection story like Calgary's ends up yielding a coach of the year honour. So how much credit needs to go to Hartley for this year's dream season?

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Mikael Backlund needs a multiyear extension

Pat Steinberg
May 01 2015 12:23PM

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Anyone familiar with my work on this delightful website, or anyone who has the pain tolerance to listen to me on the radio will be familiar with how much I like Mikael Backlund. Is it creepy that I thought about superimposing his face on Hall and mine on Oates? Yeah, probably, but that doesn't change the fact that he's an extremely important member of the Calgary Flames. I think a number of other people are catching onto that in the 2015 postseason, so it's time to revisit his future with the team. Backlund is a restricted free agent come July 1st, and it's more clear than ever that a multiyear extension is the way to go if you're the Flames.

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The Deceiving Ducks

Pat Steinberg
April 28 2015 12:00PM

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Let's go over the facts really quickly. The Calgary Flames will be taking on the Anaheim Ducks on round two of the 2015 postseason. With 109 points, the Ducks finished 12 points ahead of Calgary in the Pacific Division standings. Anaheim is undoubtedly better than Calgary's first round opponent in Vancouver. The Flames have a long, well publicized run of futility at the Honda Center. Calgary will almost certainly be viewed as the underdog in this series. You can't really dispute those facts I just listed off. One thing I can dispute, however, is the notion that the Ducks are a true Western Conference powerhouse.

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Jay Feaster: Laying the Groundwork

Pat Steinberg
April 14 2015 10:39AM

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Jay Feaster certainly took it in the teeth during his tenure as Calgary Flames General Manager. Maybe it was only my perception, but Feaster seemed to take more abuse than was warranted. Perhaps that was because he came from a law background as opposed to a strictly hockey one, or maybe it was because he won a Stanley Cup over the Flames while GM in Tampa. Now, this is not a blanket defence of the man or his time in Calgary, because he certainly made mistakes. However, as the Flames return to the playoffs for the first time since 2009, I think it's pretty clear Feaster's tenure in Calgary did more good than it did bad.

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