Five things: Deeply disappointing

Ryan Lambert
October 23 2014 09:00AM

1. A bad start

The Flames have started the year as a club that has gone better than .500, winning nine points from its first eight games, including the overtime loss on Tuesday night.

This cannot be seen as acceptable.

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Five things: A week in

Ryan Lambert
October 16 2014 10:09AM

1. Learning a lot, quickly

The thing that's struck me over the first four games of the season (I'm writing this ahead of what's sure to be an ugly game in Chicago) has very little to do with Joe Colborne's production or Jiri Hudler continuing to be very solid in his role, or Sean Monahan's notable improvement — even if he's still being sheltered. Rather, it has been the Flames' defense.

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Five things: Away we go

Ryan Lambert
October 09 2014 10:03AM

1. Tough start

And so here we go, with the 2014-15 season now under way and the Flames off to a tougher start than literally anyone in the league. As though they needed the help. I can't actually believe how difficult the schedule is for a team that's going to get run over all season anyway.

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Five things: Getting closer

Ryan Lambert
October 02 2014 09:52AM

1. Raphael Diaz's impending contract

As I write this on late Wednesday afternoon, Nolan Yonkman and Sheldon Brookbank have been released from their tryouts with the Flames. Makes sense to me. They're the latest in a string of veterans league-wide who were on such deals and have since received their walking papers. "Thanks for playing in those exhibition games so we met the NHL veteran minimums, now go on ahead and have a good career, somewhere else, please and thanks.

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Five things: Doin' good?

Ryan Lambert
September 25 2014 08:26AM

1. Reassurances

Yesterday there was an article about Brian Burke on Sportsnet, about how he really isn't doing much besides reporting to work every day and doing his job. And I hadn't really thought about that, but I guess it's true. Haven't seen much of Burke all summer, and even now you get the feeling that he wouldn't have come out and done any press or interviews unless Sportsnet hadn't specifically called and asked for him.

Which is interesting, really.

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