April 04 2016 02:00PM
When the Flames defeated the Oilers 5-0 in the final Battle of Alberta at Rexall Place, they locked themselves out of last place in the league standings.
Calgary currently has 72 points. Edmonton is now sitting at 67, and with two games left, they can finish with a maximum of 71 points.
Second last in the NHL is Toronto, also with 67 points: but with four games left, they can finish with a maximum of 75 points. So while it isn't possible for the Flames to finish 30th overall, they can still finish 29th, and still get decent draft lottery odds.
It's the last week of the season: let's see just where there chances lie.
April 04 2016 11:00AM
A number of Flames will need new contracts for next season, and none are more important than Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan. They aren't the only impending restricted free agents having impressive seasons, though: Joe Colborne, who became an NHL regular at the same time as Monahan, is an RFA as well.
Colborne just got his 100th career point against the Edmonton Oilers. His 18 goals and 39 points so far this season are new career highs. At 26 years old, though, he's a bit older. He's carried a $1.275 million cap hit the past two seasons. Should he get much more?
April 04 2016 08:00AM
There's just a few games left in the year and I've already moved on from watching the games to thinking about the offseason. The next step is the post-mortems and after that a reckoning of assets, priorities and obstacles. The Flames have a plenty of each in what promises to be the most interesting - or at least the most challenging - offseason in Brad Treliving's brief career as the org's GM.
While the Flames' roster has clear areas of need, what's unknown is just how the club will fill those holes given their problematic cap situation. How will they afford the raises to Mark Giordano, Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan and still find a way to solve their RW depth and net issues? There're no obvious solutions from where we stand today.
In this edition of the mailbag we look at surprises and disappointments this year as well as the chances of the Flames challenging for a playoff spot next year.
April 03 2016 12:15PM
On Friday, April 1, the Flames returned Brett Kulak, up on emergency recall, to the Stockton Heat. Kulak last played on March 30, against the Anaheim Ducks, before Jyrki Jokipakka returned to the lineup.
Now, Emile Poirier has been returned to the AHL. Poirier, also previously up on emergency recall, also last played on March 30, before Johnny Gaudreau returned to the lineup.
This leaves Hunter Shinkaruk, who was recalled at the same time as them, still up in the NHL. Michael Frolik is the Flames' lone injured player, but we don't know just what the extent of his injury is. All we knew was that he wouldn't play on the rest of the road trip, and now, the road trip is over.
Shinkaruk is still up, though. And he's earned it.
April 03 2016 11:00AM
The Flames haven't exactly had the best season. A three-win October saw them quickly behind the rest of the NHL, but a terrible Pacific Division, combined with an impressive home win streak, kept the dreams of returning to the post-season alive.
But then they fell, again. And while a fair portion of their division fell with them, the teams in California stayed well ahead of the pack, and that was that: the Flames were selling at the deadline, and the season was, essentially, over.
But there were still 21 games to go. A quarter of the season, without any real reason on the surface level to tune in.
Except a lot of us are still around. What have been your reasons for sticking with the team through this final stretch? Here are ours.