February 25 2015 09:00AM
The trade deadline is one of the biggest signifiers of just how close the regular NHL season is to ending. It's teams' final chance to load up for a playoff run before the real action gets underway. It's also one of teams' final chances to determine just where they're at with some of their players.
The Calgary Flames have been at a crossroads with Sven Baertschi for quite some time now, but we're fast approaching the point an actual decision must be made.
Here are the facts we're aware of right now, at this very moment:
- Curtis Glencross, a natural left winger, is very, very likely to be traded.
- Sven Baertschi, a natural left winger nearly a decade Glencross' junior, is about to require waivers.
The solution seems obvious, but this is a team that has willingly dressed Brandon Bollig - another left winger - for 48 NHL games (and counting!) this season, so maybe it's not that obvious.
(It is, though.)
February 25 2015 07:00AM
Much has been discussed the past couple of weeks about who stays and who goes on March 2nd, but let’s take a look at the Adirondack players ready to hop a flight to YYC and never go back.
Let me start with a disclaimer. First, these are the players I see as the most fit to become full-time NHLers post-deadline. These are not temporary call-up options or players deserving of a cup of coffee for solid play. Secondly, for all we know some of these players could no longer be Flames on Monday, but I’m listing them anyways in the event that they’re still in organization.
So, without further ado, here are the top five AHL prospects that are ready for the “Big Call”:
February 24 2015 09:34PM
The Calgary Flames began their biggest and most important road trip of the season tonight in Manhattan. What transpired was a tight-checking, pretty entertaining game with a disappointing result, as the Flames dropped a 1-0 shutout decision to the New York Rangers.
Here's how it went down.
February 24 2015 01:00PM
After 59 previous games have brought them to the brink, it has all come down to this - the Brier road trip.
For the previous five months, you can argue that the Calgary Flames have over-achieved. They have, at times, played over their heads. They've had good goaltending bailing out a team that's been wildly out-shot. They've had bad goaltending bailed out by preposterously hot shooting. They've had rookies step in and win games. They've had unexpected scoring depth.
Chatting with media over the weekend, Flames general manager Brad Treliving joked that the team would've loved to have been in this situation when the season began. Before leaving for the road trip, Bob Hartley made similar comments. The Flames (32-23-4) enter this seven-gamer with 68 points. 95 will likely be the magic number. That means they'll need to scrape together 27 points in the remaining 23 games.
The Epic Brier Road Trip of Epicness begins tonight in Manhattan, with a date with the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers (36-16-6) beat the Flames 5-2 back in December at the Saddledome, during that stretch where Calgary couldn't find a win with two hands and a flashlight. They will obviously need to be better tonight.
Puck drop is at 5pm MT on Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960 The Fan.
February 24 2015 11:14AM
Let's get this out of the way first and foremost: I am not saying the Calgary Flames will trade Mikael Backlund. I have no inside information. I am not a sooth-sayer. And I'm not necessarily right.
I am, however, somebody who has spent an inordinate amount of time in the Saddledome this season and watching this team.
So here's why I think the Calgary Flames might trade Mikael Backlund prior to the trade deadline.