January 26 2017 08:00AM
So the Flames lost again. It's their fourth loss in a row where they faced a deficit of 4-0. Things are bleak and terrible, and frankly, we're all very sick of it.
Not to say that it's over. The season still has 31 games left to play, and the Flames are still in a playoff battle. There's plenty of time to right the ship and lock things down.
But if they end up falling just short, a frighteningly likely prospect, this stretch of games in January will be what people point to when explaining why the Flames didn't make the playoffs. And that will come crashing down on Brad Treliving's head, because he doesn't have a contract and you get the feeling that it depends on whether or not the team makes the playoffs.
Of course, it's all speculation right now. There's plenty of time between now and the offseason, so something might be in the works. Something might just require a signature, who really knows. Hell, it may not even depend on whether the team makes the playoffs. Again, speculation.
But we're nipping this in the bud. The fact that Treliving hasn't been re-upped yet is concerning. The Flames have a competent GM for the first time in a long time, and they need to keep him around.
January 26 2017 07:00AM
With the second half of the NHL season well underway it's time to start preparing yourself for another round of trash talking, rivalry chirping, and, of course, a little bit of fantasy hockey. As per Nation Network tradition, I am here to tell you about a brand new NationDraft for the second half of the regular season.
January 25 2017 02:00PM
Though things haven’t gone as swimmingly as we would’ve hoped in the last little stretch, the Calgary Flames have nonetheless taken a marked step forward this season, and continue to be progressing – which is, at the end of the day, imperative for a still-rebuilding team.
Their even strength possession stats are now in the top half of the league, and light years ahead of where they were last season (47.9 vs. 50.9 in CF% as of the writing of this article). On some nights, they even look downright dominant. Following in the qualitative observation column, they also look like a far more structured and methodical group than they did in years past under Bob Hartley.
January 25 2017 12:00PM
It's been a disastrous month for the Flames.
Their goaltending has floundered, their offense has abandoned them and their special teams are suddenly lost. Nothing is working for Calgary right now and they are rapidly running out of time to shake out of this slump. If it continues much longer, the playoffs will be a distant dream.
So what can the coaching staff or GM do to shake the team out of this rut? Trade someone, fire someone or demote someone?
January 25 2017 10:00AM
The Calgary Flames are officially in a slump. Following their 5-1 loss in Montreal on Tuesday night, the Flames have now lost four straight and eight of their last 11. With one more game before the All-Star Break and just four games between now and Feb. 13, Calgary is in a pretty pivotal part of their schedule. There's no question this team is struggling right now, but three things concern me more than anything else.