Random Thoughts: CalgaryNEXT Edition

Kent Wilson
January 17 2016 02:00PM

We originally had these notes on the original Random Thoughts article, but felt the topic was too important to shoehorn in it with general hockey stuff. My more through overview of the the CalgaryNEXT proposal can be found here. 

The Flames' ill-conceived arena project/megaplex is back in the news again after Gary Bettman's recent visit to the city. 

The NHL commissioner's shill job for the org's proposal borrowed heavily from the professional sports public subsidy playbook, but he didn't seem to find a very receptive audience. Calgary's city council (and citizenry in general) have been appropriately skeptical since the team released the details of their $1 billion project, but the oil induced economic slump has no doubt further eroded most folk's patience for corporate welfare.

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Mid-year Update on the Flames

January 17 2016 11:00AM

We’ve arrived at the Flames’ update at last. Our previous two, the Canucks and Oilers, reviewed the progress of the roster players, possession metrics, sv%’s and various other metrics used to track a team.

For those interested, here's the pre-season look at the Flames.

The Flames had a tough start to the season and I suppose I could save you reading through this article by just summarizing the first few months by saying they looked lost early and were sunk by atrocious goaltending but appear now to be rounding into something resembling an NHL team.

However, let’s see if we can’t do a little better than that.

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Oilers 2, Flames 1 (SO) post-game embers: Not all bad, just mostly

Ari Yanover
January 17 2016 08:00AM

Photo credit: Perry Nelson/USA TODAY/Sports

Whenever you see a game still at 1-0 late into regulation, there are three ways you figure it will go:

  1. It stays 1-0.
  2. It ends up being a 2-1 game.
  3. A team inexplicably goes nuts and the game ends up finishing, like, 4-1 or 5-0.

It was option #2 for the Flames last night, and it didn't go their way - although it's hard to expect much to go your way at all when you let the opposition run over you for the majority of the game.

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Post-Game: Flames Settle For Loser Point In Edmonton

Ryan Pike
January 16 2016 11:23PM

Back on Wednesday, the Calgary Flames played a great first period and spotted themselves a lead. After that, they threw it into cruise control and played defensive hockey - primarily in their own zone - for the last 40 minutes of the game.

Well, it happened again tonight, except the Flames had a smaller lead (1-0) and the Edmonton Oilers were playing at home and really needed a win. So Edmonton managed to take over the game for the second half of the game and despite a strong performance by Jonas Hiller in net, the Flames ended up dropping a 2-1 decision in a shootout to kick off their five-game road trip.

The Flames drop to 20-20-3 on the season, but at least they got a point, right?

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Report: Flames Still Trying To Re-Sign Kris Russell

Ryan Pike
January 16 2016 07:33PM

As we get closer to the February 29 trade deadline, expect talk about the Calgary Flames and their impending free agents of various stripes to start heating up. Case in point? Tonight's Headlines segment on Hockey Night in Canada, where Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman had an interesting morsel of information regarding a certain pending unrestricted free agent from the local hockey club.

To quote Friedman's assessment of the situation:

Another defenseman to keep an eye on: Kris Russell from Calgary. Hearing teams have been asked about Russell's availability. He's a UFA. But one GM said he's been told that Calgary still wants to try to see if they can re-sign him.

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