May 04 2016 11:30AM
It happened! Join Ari, Ryan, Mike and myself as we dissect the Bob Hartley firing yesterday, reminisce on our favourite Hartley moments, crackk open the big treasure chest of possible replacements and take a closer look at Bruce Boudreau. Is he really the right fit in Calgary?
As always, it's timed to fit nicely into your lunch hour! Give a listen and chime in with your opinion in the comments! What are your most and least favourite Bob Hartley moments, and who would you like to see replace him?
May 04 2016 10:00AM
It's official: the Calgary Flames are in a post-Bob Hartley era as they begin the important quest of finding the coach who can take them above and beyond his limitations. Personal opinions aside, from a purely objective perspective this is by far the most important step for this team next to finding suitable goaltending.
Coincidentally, it aligns just perfectly with Bruce Boudreau's termination in Anaheim. However, given the fact that Boudreau in his own right is a hot commodity: should the Flames miss the opportunity on signing arguably the best candidate for the job, then who else is available?
Shockingly, there are a few candidates worthy of an opportunity to lead this team moving forward.
May 04 2016 08:00AM
When Niklas Backstrom came to the Flames following the 2016 trade deadline, he came with a guarantee that he would get some games in. At 38 years old, and having not seen the ice in 14 months, it was nothing more than a last hoorah for the aging netminder, and the Flames at least got a sixth round pick out of it.
Backstrom played four games with the Flames, including their regular season finale against his old team, the Minnesota Wild. It was a nice ending, but nothing more.
May 03 2016 02:00PM
Photo credit: Jerome Miron/USA TODAY Sports
October 3, 2013.
Once the Flames finally committed to a rebuild, it was clear their on-ice style of play would have to change. Exit Jarome Iginla, off to chase a Stanley Cup with a better roster; enter Sean Monahan, prized sixth overall pick getting the chance to make an early impression.
The new era kicked off on Oct. 3, 2013, when the Flames opened their season in Washington D.C. The Capitals have, for the most part, been one of the NHL's best teams in recent years, so to start the rebuild off with a slaughter wouldn't have been unexpected.
That's not what happened.
May 03 2016 12:00PM
The Flames probably have not had a draft quite like the 2015 draft in a while. With only five picks and no first rounder, the team scooped up perhaps the most exciting group of prospects this fanbase has seen in a long time. Plausibly, three out of the five selections could see some time in the NHL next year, if not, surely in the immediate future. Heck, one of them already has an NHL game under his belt.
None of the 2015 draftees has been as visible as Andrew Mangiapane, who for the second straight season hit triple digits with the Barrie Colts. The small winger produced a feature's length of highlight clips this year, and has raised the hopes of Flames fans.