November 14 2016 12:00PM
It's more of a 'Bottom to Top' but 'Top to Bottom' sounds better. This is a monthly feature where I'll do a dive into each team's underlying numbers to see if they match up with where they currently sit in the standings.
It's been one month. At this point, we can, in most cases, start to see patterns unfolding that indicate whether teams are good or bad based largely on their underlying numbers. Still, though, one month isn't an entire season. While we can start to get a decent picture of what's going on, there are teams who haven't yet hit their stride, are struggling to adapt to new rosters or coaches, or are simply overachieving based on a hot goalie or strong performances due to a favourable schedule. Let's see who, after one month, is as good or as bad as their place in the standings indicates.
November 14 2016 10:00AM
So apparently, Dougie Hamilton's name is popping up in trade rumours. It's not that the Flames are necessarily shopping him - it's that other teams are asking about him.
And why wouldn't they be? The Flames are a sinking ship, their season on the verge of being over in all ways but mathematically, and we're only halfway through November. That's when the sharks come out, looking for an easy bite.
After all, something needs to be done with the Flames. A trade is one of the quickest possible fixes there is.
But those teams aren't looking to help the Flames, they're looking to help themselves. The fact that Hamilton is apparently being sought after is enough to tell you that Calgary should keep him.
November 14 2016 08:00AM
The Flames are almost a quarter of the way through the 2016-17 season and you might be feeling a sense of deja vu. Right now they have the exact same record through 16 games as they did last year: 5-10-1.
Brad Treliving overhauled his coaching staff in the offseason, took a sledgehammer to his right wing and re-signed two of his cornerstone player to expensive, long-term contracts. Things were supposed to be different this year. They were supposed to be better.
Unfortunately right now, we don't know if this is some sort of aberrant run as the roster acclimates to the new coach or if the new bench boss and crew are hopelessly out of their depth. What we do know is that this spate of incompetence has likely sunk another season, dooming the Flames to another year of trade deadline selling and draft watching.
The question is what happens in the interim? Do the decision makers ride this out and re-evaluate in the summer or will they be prodded to make some sort of drastic move in the short term?
In the mailbag today we talk about special teams, goaltending and potential shake-up trades.
November 13 2016 12:00PM
For a franchise that's as young as it is, the Calgary Flames have a lot of members of their extended family enshrined in the Hockey Hall of Fame. Since their establishment as a National Hockey League franchise way, way back in 1972, the Flames have sent 13 players and builders to hockey's hallowed grounds – 2016 inductee Sergei Makarov, who will be honoured Monday, makes it 14.
Here's a glance at the many representatives of the Flames in the Hall.
November 13 2016 08:00AM
Here we are friends, presumably some sort of new low that the Calgary Flames have sunk to. It's not pretty, it's not fun, and it's certainly not the end of the world - though the intrepid nature of sportswriters looking to find any opportunity to strike it rich with fervent hyperbole in a super-reactionary world of sports fans would like you to believe so.
Don't worry though, there is some hyperbole here.
That said, we can all believe with varying degrees of certainty that the season that we're witnessing now probably could have started better based on things said in the offseason. So how do you right the wrongs? How do you turn this around?