January 06 2015 09:30AM
Incredibly the Calgary Flames find themselves within spitting distance of the post season as the half season mark approaches. The possibility of a post-season appearance in year two of a rebuild is tantalizing, but the true priority for this organization remains the long term. The challenge for Brad Treliving and the decision makers, then, will be to balance the two objectives as we move forward into 2015. As a result of the club's unexpected success they have some interesting upcoming decisions to make, ranging from who to send down when Backlund returns to what to do with some pending free agents.
January 05 2015 09:41PM
Canada. Russia. Whenever these two teams meet, magic seems to follow. And boy was tonight magical - a star-studded Canadian side facing off against a very underrated Russian group with a hot goalie.
A perfectly set stage.
January 05 2015 12:37PM
It's another off-day and we're approximately half-way through the season, so now's as good a time as any to take a look at the Calgary Flames prospects.
So let's take a gander at NHL Equivalents (NHLE). Basically, NHLE gives us the ability to compare player production from different leagues by approximating production using data from the past. Granted, it ain't perfect, but it's useful for discussion purposes.
Let's see how everyone stacks up.
January 05 2015 10:59AM
Canada's performance against Russia in the past few World Juniors tournaments leaves a lot to be desired. Fortunately, every year the roster is completely turned over and there isn't any reason to believe that trend has to continue. Nonetheless, the Russian's still have the same head coach in Valeri Bragin that has kept the Russians so damn competitive over the past half decade.
The Russians have forsaken their stereotypical enigmatic roster, and have opted for a blue collar, lunch pail, physical lineup that Hockey Canada would be proud to dress. Canada will have its first true test of the tournament against its historical and greatest rival.
January 04 2015 11:38AM
We're 40 games into the 2014-15 Calgary Flames season, which means we're getting close to (a) the All-Star Break and, before you know it, (b) the NHL's trade deadline on March 2 (at 1pm MT). This means that the Calgary Flames continue to burn through their schedule and, potentially, could have some hard questions as they remain near the playoff pack with increasingly fewer games remaining on the docket.
The prospect of important pieces being moved at some point in the near future leads to this week's question: Who is part of Calgary's "core"?