August 04 2016 08:00AM
Today we'll take all of my accrued Flames data and compare it against the opposition to see how things shake out.
Reminder: I reviewed every played minute of each game in question, broke the data down into called and uncalled infractions, then into physical and technical categories and ranked them on a scale: 0 for fantasy or ghost calls, 1 for weak or marginal, 2 for fair or earned, 3 for blatant or obvious.
I realize that a five game sample is in no way statistically significant, therefore what I'm looking at here is using the data collected to examine things from more of a sociological perspective. In other words, looking at behaviours of the teams and officials, asserting or refuting arguments with regards to referees and how they officiate the game, and so on.
August 03 2016 01:30PM
With the World Cup of Hockey's return, we don't have to wait until October to see meaningful games played anymore. Sure, we still have to wait that long for the actual Calgary Flames to return to action - but as far as competitive games between high-end talent go, Sept. 17 is the date to watch out for.
And even though they remain unsigned, that high-end talent should still include Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan.
League source clarifies World Cup status for unsigned RFAs such as Trouba, Gaudreau, Monahan - they'll be insured at NHL/NHPA's expense— gary lawless (@garylawless) August 3, 2016
So even if two of the Flames' best don't have contracts by the time the World Cup starts - and that would really be something - they should still be dressing for Team North America.
August 03 2016 11:00AM
Previously (here) I had examined the role of called and uncalled infractions on two Flames games. In the second of this series we'll be looking at three games: the March 31 3-0 loss to the Kings, a 7-3 smackdown of the Canucks on April 7 and the April 5 5-4 overtime loss to the aforementioned Kings.
To save space, I'd direct any questions on the methods to the first in the series where I explain why I'm doing this, how I go about it, and some of the basis premises on officiating we are looking to apply here.
August 03 2016 08:00AM
Sam Bennett's favourite player growing up was Doug Gilmour. Gilmour wore #93 for most of his career, so that's the number Bennett went with.
Maybe #39 would have been fitting for Bennett, because that was Gilmour's number in Calgary, the only team he won a Cup with. But Bennett's an Ontario boy, and Gilmour wore #93 with the Leafs... and so, #93 sticks, especially since the Flames are open to higher numbers now.
He isn't the first to wear #93, though. But it is the highest number any Flame has ever worn.
August 02 2016 02:30PM
Good news everybody! It's August, and the Flames have apparently signed somebody!
Haha, no, of course it wasn't Johnny Gaudreau or Sean Monahan. Are you kidding? Why would it be those guys? It wasn't even Tyler Wotherspoon or Freddie Hamilton. No, they're locked up in limbo since signing their qualifying offers and not much else. Even Jakub Nakaldal still remains unsigned.
It's Roman Dyukov: a 20-year-old Belarusian defenceman who stands at 6'2, 203 lbs., and was a late addition to the Flames' development camp last month.
Congratulations to our client Roman Dyukov on signing 1 year contract with Calgary Flames Organization https://t.co/upTu0MNM0U— GoldStarHockey (@GoldStarHockey) August 2, 2016