March 11 2015 02:00PM
What Would You Do Wednesday returns to talk about the Flames' tallest player. Yup, he is the tallest.
When Joe Colborne was acquired just prior to the start of last season, the move was universally praised as a great example of how the Flames could take advantage of other NHL teams' expensive and over-stocked rosters. It was also thought that he could become a reliable NHL centreman with a fair amount of offensive upside. Well, that hasn't worked out so well.
However, that is not to say that Colborne has been a total failure with the Flames, he just hasn't exactly come as advertised. Let's talk about what to do with the often-frustrating, always tall Joe Colborne
March 11 2015 01:00PM
Two weeks ago, the Calgary Flames were nestled (tenuously) in a playoff spot. They hosted the Anaheim Ducks, the division's best team. They played okay. They got absolutely rolled in the third period and lost 6-3.
Two weeks later, the Calgary Flames are still nestled (tenuously) in a playoff spot. They host the Anaheim Ducks, the division's best team. They hope to play better, particularly since they need a few wins here and there to cement their first post-season appearance since 2009. They're coming off a successful seven-game road trip, and ideally would like to avoid the traditional first-game-back let-down game.
The puck drops at 7:30 pm MT on Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960 The Fan.
March 11 2015 09:25AM
The Calgary Flames enter tonight's action in a playoff spot.
They presently have 77 points. To stay in a playoff spot at the end of the regular season, the common thought is that they'll need about 95 points. That will require them to get 18 points, or 9 wins, from their remaining 16 games.
Here's a brief look at what they're up against.
March 10 2015 01:30PM
The waiver wire is something that's both simple and oddly complicated to understand.
The gist of the waiver wire is this: after a certain number of years (or games), every played has to be offered up to every other team before being put in the AHL. It prevents NHL teams from stockpiling. But it can also cause some odd transactional wrinkles, as evidenced this season when Drew Shore became waiver eligible mid-season due to playing 70 NHL games.
For the curious, here's a brief waiver wire primer.
March 10 2015 12:00PM
Sometimes, differentiating between good coaching and bad coaching can be difficult. How much of a teams success can be directly credited to its bench boss and how much of it comes as a result of the talent and ability of the players actually playing the game?
I’d reckon the latter weighs far more in the grand scheme of things than the former. However, in some cases, a coach can single-handedly be responsible for his players playing to the full of their abilities and thus be a major factor in their teams success.
That’s why coaches of surprise teams often win the Jack Adams trophy, and that’s why it’s simply ludicrous to even suggest Bob Hartley shouldn’t be a finalist for the this year's award.