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.

Read Article | 53 Comments

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.

Read Article | 48 Comments

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.

Read Article | 11 Comments

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.

Read Article | 21 Comments

Post-Game: Shut Out Again

Ryan Pike
December 29 2013 08:52PM

The Calgary Flames continued to stumble their way out of the Christmas Break on Sunday night, hosting the Vancouver Canucks at the Saddledome. Surely with the arrival of the club's possibly most bitter rival, the team would show some fire and put their stamp on the game early?

Well, they did, but probably not in the way they intended.

After seeing Brian McGrattan get tossed less than three minutes into the game, the Flames never seemed to get the car out of the garage. They fell 2-0 for the second straight game, at home, to a traditional rival.

After the emotional high of the come-from-behind win against St. Louis, the Flames have lost two straight. And not scored a single goal.

Read Article | 17 Comments