April 30 2016 12:00PM
Did anybody have a more up-and-down season than Joni Ortio? Part of a three-goalie conundrum, he spent extensive time sitting in the pressbox. When he got a chance, he got shelled. When the Flames finally realized they had no choice but to demote him, he posted bad numbers in the AHL.
But when Karri Ramo's season ended early. When Ortio was brought back up into the NHL, he started showing signs of being capable of playing at this level. By the end of the season, he was the Flames' best available goalie - not that the bar was set particularly high. And as it stands right now, it appears he's the only goalie we know should be playing in Calgary next season.
The 2015-16 season alone was a wild ride, and his career is still just getting started.
April 30 2016 10:00AM
When we look towards the draft, we look towards the future. It isn't always the immediate future - really, unless you're picking at the very top (knock on wood), it rarely is - but the draft is for bringing young talent in, and making teams better for years to come.
The Flames have had a lot of success in that area lately. Players like Sam Bennett, Sean Monahan, and Johnny Gaudreau are all young additions to this team over the past few years: all picked up during the draft, none likely even in the primes of their careers yet.
This is a pretty common feature amongst the Flames' top players. They still have some growing to do, but hopefully, with growth comes success.
April 30 2016 08:00AM
Saturday night could be a pretty big night in the history of the Calgary Flames. By virtue of being a non-playoff team (and a substantially bad team to boot), the Flames have some fairly decent odds in this year's revamped draft lottery.
Rather than drawing numbers just for the first overall selection, this year's lottery will determine the first three selections in the 2016 NHL Draft. Since our friends at The Leafs Nation compiled a Consolidated Draft Ranking from a slew of sources, we can provide a brief glimpse of what's at stake when the ping-pong balls are drawn on Saturday evening at 5 p.m. MT (live on the CBC!).
The potential future Flames are listed here with their position in the Consolidated Rankings and the odds that the Flames will get that pick.
April 29 2016 02:00PM
Following their first-round ouster at the hands of the Nashville Predators, the Anaheim Ducks announced today that they've parted ways with head coach Bruce Boudreau. The 61-year-old native of Toronto immediately becomes one of the most sought-after free agent coaches on the market, with the Ottawa Senators thought to be a potential suitor.
While the Calgary Flames do currently have Bob Hartley under contract for one more season as head coach, we had a thought: Bruce Boudreau and the Flames would be a perfect fit going forward.
April 29 2016 12:00PM
I will always use this photo when talking about Agostino. Always. In fact, I may just invent reasons to talk about Agostino just to use this photo.
There is a Dr. Strangelove-ian tendency to reference the Jarome Iginla trade when discussing Kenny Agostino, normally with an eye to the perceived lack of return that the Flames got for our dear Iggy. However, let's try and put that to the back burner and look at one of Stockton's most consistent performers this season after the jump!