March 29 2016 08:00AM
If the Calgary Flames are going to pick up two points at times through the rest of this season, the very least they can do is make sure it's the future of the club driving it.
And last night, it was! Hooray! The Flames may now be up to the sixth worst team in the league, but at least it was players 25 and under forcing it.
Four of them were called up, and we'll have more on them later today. But as for the rest...
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March 29 2016 07:00AM
In an effort to keep fans aware of the comings and goings of the other teams in the
Smythe Pacific Division… The fine folks at The Royal Half have created the Pacific War Room… a wrap-up of the past week in the Pacific from some of the best and brightest bloggers who cover Pacific Division teams. In order of the Pacific Division standings… we present the Pacific War Room!
March 28 2016 11:17PM
Let's be honest here: the Calgary Flames had a series of tailor-made excuses for losing tonight. They were on the road and they're a horrid road team. They were facing Arizona and they were winless against them coming into tonight. And they were missing three regulars, including Johnny Gaudreau - their best player.
But with a roster chock full of youthful vim and vigor, the Flames instead played a pretty solid 60 minutes of hockey. They didn't play perfect hockey - they took too many penalties, for instance - but they were good enough to beat the Arizona Coyotes tonight by a 5-2 score.
March 28 2016 02:00PM
The Calgary Flames have had both good and bad experiences with the Czech league. Roman Cervenka was touted "the best centre outside of the NHL", turned out to not even be a centre, and went back to Europe after one mediocre lockout season that presumably left both parties unfulfilled and dissatisfied.
Jakub Nakladal looked to be heading down the same path, until various injuries and suspensions forced him into the lineup. Since then, he's been a staple on the Flames' bottom pairing with increasing responsibilities and ice time, and he looks like he belongs.
The Flames are once again venturing into the Czech Republic, along with several other teams, in pursuit of Daniel Pribyl.
PIT, NSH, CGY amongst at least half dozen teams interested in UFA Daniel Pribyl, a 23-yr-old, 6-3 skilled F who plays for Sparta Praha.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) March 28, 2016
March 28 2016 12:00PM
After a super-quick single game home-stand, the Calgary Flames are on the road again for their final big trip of the 2015-16 season. To kick off this four-game sojourn, the Flames head to fabulous Glendale, Arizona to play the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena in a game with no real implications for either team.
The Coyotes are playing well and are well out of the playoffs and ahead of the lottery pack. The Flames are in the midst of the lottery pack, but will be hard-pressed to catch teams like Edmonton or Toronto in the league's basement. The game may be rather meaningless, but several Flames have the chance to hit milestones and career-bests, and many of them may feel they're auditioning for future employment.
Speaking of auditioning? Tonight's game features no fewer than three new faces to the Flames line-up, due to a slew of recalls from earlier in the day from the AHL's Stockton Heat.
The puck drops at 8pm MT on Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960 The Fan.