October 16 2016 02:15PM
We're only three games into the 2016-17 National Hockey League season for the Calgary Flames, but one shadow will loom over this entire year: the upcoming 2017 NHL Expansion Draft.
With the Las Vegas
Desert Knights, er, No-Names, joining the NHL for 2017-18, we're having an expansion draft in late June. That additional draft will mean a flurry of additional trade and signing activity, and has already resulted in a ton of pro scout traffic in the early season. (Traditionally, pro scouts only head out en masse prior to the trade deadline.)
How are the Flames looking in regards to the expansion draft and its various requirements?
October 16 2016 08:00AM
The Calgary Flames, in their third game of the season, played 65 minutes and failed to score a single goal. They rode an adorable own-goal by the Canucks until there were just under four minutes left in the game, when their top players got hemmed in their own zone for about a minute and a half, couldn't regain the puck, couldn't clear it, couldn't do anything, and gave away the game Vancouver had been trying to give to them.
They have played three games against the Edmonton Oilers and Vancouver Canucks. These are not two teams that are world beaters. These are two teams who are closer to the bottom of the rung than the top, and the only one who has any say in changing that is Connor McDavid.
And Glen Gulutzan's Flames - the ones that took three games to dress the defencemen who should be dressed, the ones with a still-dysfunctional top line, the ones finally with a group of 12 functional forwards on the ice but one that's so thin on depth they can't really do anything as a collective whole - have lost three games to them, and any silver lining that initially glimmered is growing dull and faded by the second.
They are, in a word, pathetic.
October 15 2016 11:35PM
(Anne-Marie Sorvin / USA Today Sports)
The Calgary Flames have had a rough few days. They've played three games in four nights, in three different cities. Sure, the games were against two of the suspected worst clubs in the Western Conference. But for a team that's got no consistency (and seems unsure of its identity), three divisional games should've been exactly what they needed to get themselves settled. Right?
Nope. For the third time in this short season, the Flames managed to lose against a divisional opponent. And for the first time this season, they failed to score an actual goal. They lost to the Vancouver Canucks 2-1 in a shootout at Rogers Arena, ending a disappointing first week of the regular season.
October 15 2016 01:09PM
According to a report from The Hockey News, the Calgary Flames have added to their organizational depth in net and managed to solve a pending expansion draft problem.
The club has reportedly signed goaltender Tom McCollum to a two-year, two-way deal. According to the report, he'll make $575,000 at the NHL level in 2016-17 and $650,000 in 2017-18 (which would place the AAV at $612,500). More importantly, his signing means the Flames have a goaltender that they can expose in the upcoming expansion draft.
October 15 2016 12:00PM
(Anne-Marie Sorvin / USA Today Sports)
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The Calgary Flames have not had a great start to the 2016-17 season. They've lost twice, by a combined 12-7 score, to the Edmonton Oilers. Either their play has fundamental issues or Edmonton has their number. Regardless, they play their third divisional game in four nights (in three cities) tonight against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena (not to be confused with Rogers Place, which is said to be much nicer). It's Vancouver's home opener, too, so expect pomp and circumstance.
You can catch all the festivities on the mothership, CBC's Hockey Night in Canada, beginning at 8 p.m. MT (with Dave Randorf and Louie DeBrusk). If you're more inclined to listen to the game the old fashioned way, via the radio, Sportsnet 960 The Fan has it with Derek Wills and Peter Loubardias.