February 15 2017 10:00AM
The 2017 trade deadline is less than two weeks away. The Calgary Flames are currently one point out of a wildcard spot in the West, with their nearest opponent (the Kings) owning two games in hand. SportsClub Stats puts Calgary's chances of making the postseason at just over 30%.
So the playoffs are within reach, but the club is in a precarious position. Any sort of extended losing streak over the remainder of the season will surely sink their chances of making the dance.
So what should Brad Treliving do? Are the Flames buyers or sellers?
February 15 2017 08:00AM
It can be easy to get caught up in the moment, especially with something like sports. Teams are built over the course of years and years, and there's never any point in which case you can ever say they're solidly "complete". There will always be some future matter to attend to.
But the present is pretty important, too. Sports are a series of increments, and we get to watch every single moment as it unfolds in real time. So when, say, we see a team that should be exiting the rebuild stage in the midst of the playoff chase, that's progress. But when we see, in the midst of that, them lose 5-0 to a team at the bottom of the standings... well, that really doesn't look like it.
So. Are the Flames actually making progress?
The Nation Notebook: Therrien and Julien in a coaching carousel, Chiarelli on the deadline, Vermette's slash and some rumours
February 15 2017 07:00AM
The Nation Network Notebook is a regular feature that rounds up interesting news, stories, and rumours from around the NHL that don't quite deserve their own article.
In a shocking series of events, the Montreal Canadiens fired Michel Therrien yesterday afternoon and replaced him with the Habs archrival Boston Bruins' former head coach in Claude Julien. The same afternoon, Peter Chiarelli said his Oilers weren't going to be in the buyers market and later that night Antoine Vermette took a swing at a referee.
February 14 2017 12:00PM
Way, way back when the Calgary Flames signed free agent Tom McCollum to a contract, we remarked that the organization had a glut of goaltenders in their pipeline. The thought was, at the time, that the season would make things a lot clearer.
In Calgary, presumably one of Brian Elliott or Chad Johnson would distinguish themselves. The same goes for Stockton's tandem of Jon Gillies and David Rittich. Unfortunately, it's two weeks until the trade deadline and with a lot of other decisions contingent on figuring out who's going to be in net for them next season, nothing is any clearer for the Flames.
February 14 2017 10:00AM
By the way people talk about the league, you'd figure the 'E' in ECHL stood for "exile." It's a league synonymous with the worst that pro hockey has to offer.
All of this is unfair slander. If you've been following these prospect updates, you'd know that the Stockton Heat are playing very bad hockey. For your consideration, the Adirondack Thunder won a game 10-4 this past weekend. Stepan Falkovsky has score more goals in the past three weeks than most Stockton players have scored in 2017. Their social media presence, as we will find out, is on top of things.
It's time to start appreciating the ECHL, and what better time than today?