April 13 2016 08:00AM
Welcome back to our roundtable! Yesterday, we simply looked at the positives and negatives of 2015-16; today, we're looking ahead towards the 2016-17 season. Will it be an improvement? Well, we all certainly hope so.
April 12 2016 04:00PM
The National Hockey League's Calgary Flames may be dead and buried for this season, but their American Hockey League affiliate in Stockton is in a battle for their playoff lives! Tonight the Stockton Heat leap into yet another do-or-die affair with one of their most bitter rivals, the Bakersfield Condors.
The puck drops just after 8 p.m. MT on AHL Live and streaming audio on the Heat's site!
April 12 2016 02:00PM
The 2015-16 season is over. We laughed, we cried, we yelled at our TVs a lot. But now the Flames are dead and gone, not to be seen on the ice again until October 2016 (or September, if you count pre-season).
Brad Treliving and his management group have a lot of self-reflection and evaluations ahead of them. In the meantime, in part one of what turned into a very lengthy roundtable, we also took a look back on the year that was.
Part two will involve looking ahead to the future. Keep an eye out for it tomorrow!
April 12 2016 12:00PM
One of the best things about sports is no matter what, there's always a new season. Your team was terrible the past year? Don't worry, they won't get cancelled (uh, probably); there's always a chance for a new season.
And with new seasons come new season predictions. Every year, the best and brightest of sports minds, not to mention everybody else with an opinion, come together and prognosticate on just how the season will go. And no matter how wrong everyone is, they get to do it the year after, again and again and again.
The Flames surprised us in a good way in 2014-15; in 2015-16, it was... more the opposite.
Here's our round table from before the season started. Come laugh with us at how wrong we all were. Because without laughter, there's just sadness.
April 12 2016 10:00AM
Amidst everything from yesterday, there was one particular garbage bag day player quote that stuck out. Amidst finding out so-and-so was injured and what's-his-name likes Calgary, Mark Giordano offered up this tidbit:
"The one good thing to come out of this is we won't take it for granted how hard it is to get into the playoffs." - Mark Giordano— Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) April 11, 2016
So, let's get this straight... A rebuilding team that essentially fluked its way to success the season before assumed they could rest on their laurels? And it took an entire year for them to figure out this wasn't the case?
There are so many things wrong with this picture.