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.
April 12 2016 08:00AM
In the afterglow of a fifth-from-bottom finish in the National Hockey League standings, the Calgary Flames held court with media for the final time yesterday afternoon. The centerpiece of the day was a media conference with Head Coach Bob Hartley and General Manager Brad Treliving. The GM offered a rather sobering assessment of the 2015-16 campaign.
"You can't be 30th in goals against. And that's not just hanging out goaltenders, that's a group stat. No question, do we need more saves? Sure. But all of us wear that. You can't be 30th in special teams for a large majority of the season. You factor the start in, you factor those things in, you're going to have a difficult time."
He summed the season up rather succinctly: "We've failed. When you have a press conference on April [11th], your season's been a failure."
During the media conference, Sportsnet's Roger Millions asked about evaluations of the coaching staff. Treliving had this response.
"You don't have a season that we have had and not evaluate everything. Having said that, in terms of changes that you're alluding to, that's something I haven't contemplated at this point but from management on down, from the general manager on down, that'll all be evaluated here starting now."
We'll save you the effort, Mr. Treliving: it's time to go in a new direction.
April 11 2016 05:00PM
Brad Treliving didn't skirt around the matter of hand in his end of season press conference: the Flames' season was a failure. You can search for all of the silver linings you'd like, but that doesn't change the fact that the year ended much earlier than they would have liked it to, and there's a lot to be done.
Today was the post-mortem; tomorrow is the start of looking towards the future. Evaluations will all get underway then. In the meantime, the message is the same as it was last year: the Flames have to improve. For all the steps forward they took this season, they aren't there yet.