FGD: Flying Out of 2013

Ryan Pike
December 31 2013 02:59PM

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The Calgary Flames are sending 2013 out tonight, hopefully in style, against the Philadelphia Flyers. The Flyers are one of many middling Eastern Conference teams that are barely above the .500 mark but still have playoff hopes. To be honest, the Flyers likely aren't that much better than the Flames, but they benefit from playing the Eastern teams more.

In terms of line-ups, Ray Emery will start for the Flyers and Reto Berra goes for Calgary. If Kevin Westgarth arrives in time, he'll slot in for the home side, so presumably your extra bodies for the Flames are Chris Breen, Markus Granlund and, possibly, TJ Galiardi.

The puck drops at 7pm MT and the game will be carried on various Sportsnet properties.

Have a safe, happy and healthy New Year's everyone!

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Here's Why This Westgarth Thing Is Bad

December 31 2013 09:11AM


But floob, it's just a minor trade. How can you hate this trade?

You're right, in the end, yesterday's trade is just Greg Nemisz, a forward who was clearly never going to be in the Flames' plans (rightfully so, Nemo is a bust) for Kevin Westgarth, a career 4th line/minor league facepuncher. Why am I so upset about it? Why does this move (very hyperbolicly, for the record) have me searching the league to find a new team to be a fan of (what's up, Darryl Sutter?)

And you're right, I'm very upset about it, possibly more than I should be, but I am, and with good reason. The trade is a trade, sure, but what the trade MEANS is something very different. And it's a much bigger, far more ominous thing. My fear is this trade is one of just many facets of what Flames hockey is to become, Citizens, and it makes me want to go into hibernation.

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Flames Acquire Kevin Westgarth from Carolina

Ryan Pike
December 30 2013 05:07PM

The NHL's trade moratorium is over and it didn't take Flames president of hockey operations Brian Burke long to get to work transforming the club.

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Advanced Stats Crash Course: Possession (Part 2)

Kent Wilson
December 30 2013 02:50PM



In part one of the this series, we took a look at the basics of corsi: what it is, where it came from and why it's useful. In this segment, we'll go a little deeper into possession metrics by looking at some of the key moderating variables. We'll also look at what constitutes absolute and relative values of "good corsi" as well as cover the caveats and limitations of possession measures.

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The Weekly Ignition: December 30 2013

Ryan Pike
December 30 2013 10:57AM



Christmas is over and we're now rapidly approaching the beginning of 2014. What a wild few weeks it's been, but now hockey has returned from its brief holiday slumber and there's a lot to get caught up on.

Let's get to it.

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