February 17 2015 01:00PM
Last season, Paul Byron leveled up.
The 24-year-old (at the time) transformed from an NHL tweener into a bonafide NHL player and, for the first time in his pro career, he spent more time in the NHL than in the American League.
A year later, Byron may be the most tantalizing trade asset Calgary has got.
February 16 2015 10:54PM
The Calgary Flames are a team with a very specific set of skills.
If they get down a few goals, no matter what the deficit, they have confidence that they can come back late in games. In some cases, that confidence may seem misplaced. But heading into tonight, the Flames had a 9-16-1 record when trailing after 40 minutes. They entered the third trailing Boston by a 3-1 margin.
In other words, they had them right where they wanted them.
The Flames won tonight in their 10th third period comeback of the 2014-15 season, 4-3 in overtime.
February 16 2015 02:00PM
The Calgary Flames continue their quest for a playoff berth tonight at the Scotiabank Saddledome! After a thrilling Valentine's Day affair with the Vancouver Canucks, they now face a team that the Canucks are very well-acquainted with, the Boston Bruins.
The Flames (31-22-3) are hoping that their pair of losses in recent games (Pittsburgh and Los Angeles) are the exception, not the rule. In the other games they've played - and won - the club has shown the same resiliency and gumption that has gotten them, somehow, 31 wins thus far. The bulk of FlamesNation's pre-season panel projected the Flames would get around 70-75 points, so...our bad.
Boston (28-20-7) are in many ways a mirror image of Calgary, albeit one a few years down the road in their progression, and with some salary cap troubles. That said, Boston's a really good team and are (like Calgary) holding down the final wild-card spot in their conference.
Tonight's game kicks off at 7pm MT and airs on Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960 The Fan!
February 16 2015 10:00AM
The Gods of Time have been merciful yet again, and blessed us with a brand new week for us to toil and coast and generally not reach the lofty goals those very Gods intended of us, thus leading them a great deal of introspection and questioning as to why they grant us this luxury in the first place.
But at least this week we get an extra day off, so try not to worry about it too much.
Meanwhile, your Calgary Flames continue their path to relevancy, still on the cusp of being out of the wilderness, but tenously close to being pulled back in by the Wolves of Playoff Missing Woe, which are most certainly a thing. Man, the woods are a dangerous place. Don't go into them. Ales Kotalik is in there.
In the midst of all this quest is appreciable trends and patterns that experts suss out and use to provide evidence driven factoids and predictive results.
I am not one of those experts.
I'm here to just list a bunch of Flames related movers and shakers and arbitrarily rank them based on things I'm mostly pretending I saw them do.
So without further adieu, here are this weeks Power Rankings. As always, they are super cereal.
February 16 2015 08:00AM
In reflecting on the season thus far, I found myself repeatedly coming back to a concept expounded early last season by Brian Burke. In a press conference, he used a metaphor to explain a team's progression through a rebuild and towards contention.
In short: a team crawls, then it walks, then it runs, then it sprints.