December 09 2016 10:00AM
The game that we all love very much is very much a results based business. The window of opportunity for teams, players, coaches, and management is so finite now that maximizing your window by any means should be key. The problem - among other things - is the salary cap situation for this Calgary Flames team and maximizing results from players before they become a sunk cost.
A portion of that salary cap problem comes from pre-existing contracts that are hurting the team, one of which is Lance Bouma's contract. Between consistency, health, and on-ice results it's proving to be quite the disastrous use of money.
Let's not mince words here: if there was an opportunity to move on, it would be best to act on it.
December 09 2016 08:00AM
It doesn't matter how pretty a win is, all that matters is that it's a win.
Well, kind of. At this stage of the game, the Flames need to get wins any way they can. As long as those two points get added to their record, they should be good to go - at least for that one.
But that wasn't exactly a win that inspired confidence. Calgary showed up in the second period, but for the most part, they got ragdolled on the ice. They won because the Coyotes are literally the NHL's worst team, Chad Johnson held down the fort when he wasn't being tied up by his own teammates, and the powerplay didn't lose things for them as it has in the past.
Going by the standings, the Flames are now tied for first in the Pacific Division. Going by points percentage, they are still just on the outside looking in. They've played themselves back into the conversation, but they aren't there yet.
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December 09 2016 05:13AM
Should the Canucks be concerned about their top 5 pick last year, are the Leafs any good, is Paul Maurice's job in jeopardy, the Flames looking ahead to the trade deadline, Oilers need to find consistency, Brandon Sutter is ill-suited for current role, a deeper look at Kris Russell as an Oiler, Patrick O'Sullivan, Las Vegas, concussion spotters and more in this weeks Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.
December 08 2016 10:40PM
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In the cinematic masterpiece The Fast and the Furious, noted dramatic actor Vin Diesel notes "It don't matter if you win by an inch or a mile. Winning's winning." The takeaway from that part of the film is that while it's great to win in dominating or impressive fashion, ultimately all that matters is picking up the W. Winning pretty is good, but the standings don't reflect the beauty of the wins – they simply tabulate the points.
The Flames picked up two points in rather ugly fashion tonight in Glendale, Arizona against the Coyotes. They weren't very good, particularly defensively, for roughly 35 to 40 minutes. But they got some Johnny Gaudreau plays from their best player and timely goals and they won 2-1 in overtime.
December 08 2016 12:00PM
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The last time the Calgary Flames met the Arizona Coyotes, they were in a much different place as a team. A game removed from losing Johnny Gaudreau to injury, the Flames were grasping for an identity and radically simplified their game as a result. Now, roughly three weeks later, the Flames are one of the hottest teams in hockey and over the .500 mark for the first time this season.
The Coyotes? They're in roughly the same spot they were before: puttering around near the bottom of the Western Conference (and NHL standings). Having won four in a row, tonight could be an opportunity for the Flames to pad their record before a tough-looking match-up on Saturday night against the Winnipeg Jets.
The puck drops at 7 p.m. MT on Sportsnet Flames and Sportsnet 960 The Fan.