January 04 2017 02:00PM
Since the implementation of Paul Jerrard's more opportunistic, aggressive penalty kill we've started seeing a steady rise from among the league's worst to about middle of the pack, which is a positive trend given how often this Calgary Flames team is penalized. It's not perfect by any stretch of the means, but it's on a good trajectory.
One major opportunity exists: elevating the second penalty kill unit to a higher level. To do that, it should include Sam Bennett as a near permanent fixture in place of Matt Stajan.
January 04 2017 12:00PM
The Calgary Flames approach the halfway point of their schedule this week and they inch closer to it tonight when they host the Colorado Avalanche. Best known as the team that Jarome Iginla is currently playing on – and one of the dirt-worst outfits in the National Hockey League – Colorado comes to town for the first of two visits this season.
The action kicks off at 8 p.m. MT on Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960 The Fan! It's a late game of a doubleheader on Sportsnet.
January 04 2017 08:00AM
It's been awful season for the Colorado Avalanche. Not only are they once again one of the worst possession teams in the league, but their goaltending is mediocre and nobody can score. A dry spell when you also get outshot every game sinks a team pretty quickly.
That has the club considering a fresh rebuild. With Matt Duchene, Gabriel Landeskog, Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen up front, they are looking to cash in on their collection of young forwards and improve their blueline. According to Elliotte Friedman, Duchene and Landeskog are the most likely guys to be put on the auction block.
The Flames, on the other hand, still need to improve their forward depth. With Troy Brouwer struggling and both Sean Monahan and Sam Bennett running in place this year, Calgary's depth seems even more questionable than it did to start the year. Another quality forward - particularly a center - may help push the team forward.
So the question is: should the Flames consider putting together a package for Matt Duchene?
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January 04 2017 05:00AM
The Nation Network is pleased and proud to announce that our Editor in Chief, Thomas Drance, has stepped down to take a position with the Florida Panthers.
January 03 2017 02:00PM
The Calgary Flames have 22 healthy bodies on their roster right now, following the injury to winger Troy Brouwer last week. They've shown a reluctance to recall a player from the American Hockey League's Stockton Heat, likely in part because the Heat are doing so well that it would be a shame to pluck a youngster from that environment.
However, it seems that the waiver wire could be a fantastic place for the Flames to obtain some short-term depth. The St. Louis Blues have placed forward Ty Rattie on waivers and the Flames would be very wise to put in a claim.