Mikael Backlund goes to Worlds: Sweden vs. Kazakhstan

Ari Yanover
May 11 2016 02:00PM

Sweden was having a difficult time scoring goals. So when they faced Kazakhstan, they scored seven: and it was Mikael Backlund kicking everything off, as Sweden won with a decisive 7-3 victory.

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FlamesNation Player Evaluations: Jyrki Jokipakka

Ari Yanover
May 11 2016 12:00PM

It's probably safe to say Jyrki Jokipakka wasn't on many people in Calgary's minds back in October. The likelihood of Kris Russell - an upcoming unrestricted free agent - being traded from a rebuilding team was high; but to which team, and what kind of return he would garner? That was unknown.

In exchange for Russell, the Flames got a package consisting of a pick, a prospect, and an NHL-ready defenceman four years younger. His name is Kevin, and hopefully, he finds a new home up here.

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Recent rookie (or close to) head coaches through the NHL

Ari Yanover
May 11 2016 08:00AM

Nothing is official - far from it, in fact - but from the way things are going, it sounds like the next coach of the Calgary Flames might just be somebody with a bit less experience. Not a retread; a rookie.

While we don't really know at this point in time just who is being considered - other than a bunch of people who really love pointing out that Randy Carlyle is being interviewed - it's certainly an angle worth looking at. 

After all, Brad Treliving is one of the younger GMs in the NHL, and the Flames are a rebuilding, youthful team: why not go with a younger coach to match?

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FlamesNation Player Evaluations: Tyler Wotherspoon

Ari Yanover
May 10 2016 12:00PM

In the 2014-15 season, Tyler Wotherspoon had to wait until a meaningless Game 82 to set foot back on NHL ice. In 2015-16, it took him until Game 57. Not only that, but he got an extra 10 games out of it, to boot.

So while Wotherspoon didn't get any playoff games in this past season, he got more NHL time in general. He's an upcoming restricted free agent who looked like he might be able to fill in as a bottom pairing defenceman at the NHL level; it wasn't a bad year for him at all.

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The best and worst Flames coaches ever

Ryan Pike
May 10 2016 10:00AM

The Calgary Flames are currently looking for a head coach.

Over their 44 seasons in the National Hockey League, the Flames have had 17 head coaches (including interims). Some were good. Some were bad. All of them lost their job in one way or another. If you want to get technical, two of them fired themselves.

Here's our ranking of Flames coaches from worst to best.

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