The 2016 Flames organizational review

January 01 2017 12:00PM

It's that time again. Another year has gone by, another ring has been added to the trees, and we're all a little wiser. The year 2016 in itself was a tale of two Calgary Flames teams: a team exiting one era under a now-former coach and a team entering the next phase of their rebuild. The entirety of 2016 itself for Brad Treliving had a number of highs, wins both small and large, and some lows.

It's a year where we can attempt to benchmark Treliving, management, and ownership for things he has done that hopefully pay off in the future rather than become negatives in the short and long runs.

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Flames 4, Coyotes 2 post-game embers: Still learning, still growing

Ari Yanover
January 01 2017 08:00AM

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It took a little over 15 minutes for the Calgary Flames to break out a four-goal lead.

This is a story we've seen before. It's not a common one - the Flames' still-negative goal differential (-6 heading into the new year) would point to the fact that this is not a team that experiences many blowouts in their favour - but the Flames have started to really punch down other teams as of late.

That's four or five in the month of December. Well, almost; the Flames still have this pesky habit of not quite knowing what to do when they've got a big lead like that - though that third period was much better.

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Post-Game: Flames beat bad team to close out 2016

Ryan Pike
December 31 2016 11:17PM

The Calgary Flames are in a very favourable section of their schedule. After facing a lot of good clubs on lengthy road trips, the Flames are spending a lot of time at home and playing games against teams below them in the standings. But, as the saying goes, you still have to win those games.

The Flames weren't amazing tonight, but they polished off the 2016 section of their schedule with a 4-2 victory over the lowly Arizona Coyotes. They were good in the first period and then good enough for the remaining 40 minutes.

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Flames at the World Juniors Day Six: Jostling for Position

Ryan Pike
December 31 2016 08:58PM

After having zero players in action at Day Five of the 2017 World Junior Championship, all five Calgary Flames prospects played at Day Six. While none of them were in situations where medal round qualification was on the line, all of the games had some stakes in terms of determining match-ups.

Aside from Canada, every team featuring Flames prospects won.

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FGD 39: Closing out 2016 (8pm MT, CBC/SN1/360)

Ryan Pike
December 31 2016 12:00PM

After 83 previous contests, the Calgary Flames finally put 2016 to bed tonight. The year wasn't great to the team, but they've definitely done some good things. They close the year our with a relatively easy assignment in the National Hockey League's team with the fewest wins: the Arizona Coyotes. That said, the Flames have required overtime to beat the Coyotes in two of their three meetings this season, so they probably shouldn't take them too lightly.

The puck drops just after 8 p.m. MT on CBC, Sportsnet One and 360 – it's a split national-feed game with the Canucks/Oilers game – and Sportsnet 960 The Fan.

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