Mikael Backlund needs a multiyear extension

Pat Steinberg
May 01 2015 12:23PM

HallandOates

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

DuckHunt

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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Calgary's Best Case Scenario

Pat Steinberg
April 08 2015 05:20PM

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The Calgary Flames haven't clinched a playoff spot yet. If they do, however, they'll be playing the Vancouver Canucks. There can be no other scenario for the Flames if they return to the postseason for the first time since 2009. For Calgary, they either play the Canucks in round one or they miss. Assuming they get in, having their opponent locked in isn't an awful thing, specifically because of who that opponent is.

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Postgame: Leads

Pat Steinberg
February 25 2012 11:46PM

Holding 3-0 and 4-3 leads in another hugely important game should usually translate to two points.  It did translate to a single point on Saturday night, but the story will likely be another coughed up advantage for the Calgary Flames, leading to a 5-4 shootout loss at the hands of the Philadelphia Flyers.  Thanks to the out of town scoreboard, the Flames lost ground on most of their Western Conference playoff foes.

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