July 29 2014 09:00AM
A lot. Probably.
I suppose that needs more explanation.
There's three main reasons the Flames were a bottom-5 team last year (besides, you know, not having a ton of talent):
1.) The first half of the season. A period during which Hartley spent experimenting with his roster and tactics, resulting in a precipitous drop down the standings. Calgary's second half of the year was actually quite respectable from a record and underlying numbers stand point.
2.) A lot of injuries to key members of a thin roster (only 3 Flames played 80 or more games and one of them was Chris Butler).
3.) Worse than average goaltending.
We're here to talk about the third thing.
July 28 2014 08:02AM
(Relevant part starts at 3:50)
It's summertime and I want to get all philosophical and heavy up in here.
I know I am not exactly breaking new ground by bringing up the topic of violence in hockey but it is one that is surely not going away any time soon and I am especially curious to hear some opinions from you folks.
I just want a quick sampling of opinion to the question, do you believe that the NHL has a moral responsibility to remove fighting from the game?
July 26 2014 11:00AM
The Flames made some more signings this week, inking Sam Bennett, Joe Colborne and Joni Ortio to new deals. With those deals inked and only Lance Bouma and Mark Cundari left to go among the restricted free agents, what better time than the vaunted Weekend Open Thread to talk a gander at the team's contract situation.
Who stays in Calgary? Who gets dispatched to Glens Falls? Who gets traded away for a bag of pucks or a bunch of sticks? Here's who is making what (and on what kind of deal) in 2014-15.
July 25 2014 10:35AM
Joni Ortio signed a new contract yesterday. When he appeared on Sportsnet 960 radio to discuss the deal, Flames general manager Brad Treliving explained that Ortio was able to bounce between the NHL and AHL this season - which is probably one of the reasons Ortio was willing to sign for the terms he did. He's both waiver exempt and on a two-way for 2014-15, but on a one-way in 2015-16, with the implication that the club really wants to audition him for an NHL job soon.
Ortio's not the only player in the organization with this much flexibility.
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July 25 2014 08:05AM
Trading a young star, stats for days, behind the Kesler trade talks, Draisaitl versus Bennett and more, all in this weeks roundup