February 11 2015 11:00AM
With fewer than 30 games to be played in 2014/15 edition of the National Hockey League’s regular season, time has finally come to shift our focus away from the horror that has been this season for the Calgary Flames and onto the fruits their incompetence will bear via the NHL Entry Draft in a few months time.
Wait. That’s not right. Playoffs? What?!
That opening paragraph is how I expected to open a piece written in February about the Calgary Flames, but instead it looks strikingly out of place. The season has been anything but a horror and one hasn’t even muttered the words “McDavid” or “Eichel” around these parts since mid-October.
February 11 2015 08:00AM
[Editor's Note: Folks, please welcome the newest member of our writing family, Mike Cadarette! He'll be writing about the team's prospects, among other topics!]
No, seriously. What the heck happened to him?
It wasn’t all that long ago that Flames fans were taken by surprise at the type of 2013-14 season Max Reinhart had achieved. If you would’ve guessed that he would increase his scoring by 42 points and triple his goal total from one season to the next, you should probably buy more Lotto Max tickets.
February 10 2015 05:00PM
The Calgary Flames have been one of the NHL's worst possession teams this season. Whether you want to look at shots, Corsi, Corsi Close, Fenwick, Fenwick Close or any other metric, the Calgary Flames are not super amazing at puck possession.
As a result, Calgary's special teams are going to be crucially important for the team to continue to have success, particularly if the club makes the post-season.
So let's talk about the power-play!
February 10 2015 03:00PM
Way back in November of 2013, 10 former players filed suit against the National Hockey League in regards to the league's responsibility of protecting players from the dangers of concussions. Today, another 30 former players filed suit in U.S. District Court in Minnesota, per Adam Proteau of The Hockey News.
February 10 2015 01:00PM
Previously we looked at the Flames potential deadline trade targets, with the focus being top-4 type defenders who could solidify the club's blueline depth both now and in the future. Of course, In order to land any of those players, Calgary is going to have to part with a few assets of their own.
Unlike your typical contender, the Flames can't really justify parting ways with quality futures or first round picks for a deadline player. Although they have been the Cinderella story in the NHL this season, Calgary is still very much in the midst of an organizational rebuild, meaning the focus and priority remains the long-term.
This naturally limits trade pieces to expendable players only. Here's a list of what the Flames might have to offer a deadline partner come March. Not included are players who obviously have next to no value (Deryk Engelland, Brand Bollig, etc.) and guys I consider to be core pieces of the rebuild (TJ Brodie, Mikael Backlund, Sean Monahan, etc.)