November 09 2015 08:00AM
This week, the Calgary Flames will once again be the subject of spirited public debate. But for once this season, there won't be discussion about the team's slow start or their power-play. Instead, the proposal for the club's prospective new home will be discussed at Calgary city council, with the discussion revolving around the next steps for the project going forward.
But while the near-future of CalgaryNEXT is debated this week, let's take some time to think about the longer term - because how a new home for the Calgary Flames is going to actually unfold probably has as much to do about the bigger political picture as it does about the goings-on at City Hall.
November 08 2015 12:00PM
Last season, the Calgary Flames made Max Reinhart one of their first recalls from their American Hockey League affiliate in Adirondack. A third-year pro, Reinhart was coming up to the end of his entry-level deal and as a player drafted and signed by a previous regime, he was given a shot to prove himself.
He was fine in the NHL, but hardly made a case for future employment. He was soon dispatched back to the AHL, and other players got shots subsequently. Reinhart was traded in the off-season. Based upon the two recalls from the farm thus far this season, I suspect that Derek Grant's emergence as a useful bottom-six player may have turned Markus Granlund into this season's version of Max Reinhart.
November 08 2015 09:00AM
That game had everything you wanted to see. The kids were scoring! Karri Ramo put together back-to-back .900+ save percentage games! (That doesn't sound impressive at all but for this team, right now, it is!) The Flames beat the Penguins for the first time since 2005!
Let's do it all again!
November 07 2015 11:21PM
Tonight, the Calgary Flames hosted the Pittsburgh Penguins - a non-conference opponent, playing their second game in as many nights on the road.
It was as good a shot as the Flames were gonna get against a good club. And the Flames responded to this opportunity with easily their most complete game of the year, a 5-2 win driven by the strong play of their youngest (and most talented) players.
November 07 2015 04:00PM
We're more than a month into the season and we're all still kinda waiting for the Flames to snap out of it. At least they finally have a quality start from a goaltender under their belt. Everything else, from the offense to the defense, is still bait of a tire fire, however. The coaching staff has been mixing and matching parts like manic alchemists in search of a magical formula, without much luck. Whenever one part starts to click, two more seem to break down.
Today's mailbag is mostly concerned with this ongoing search for chemistry.