The Next Ones: Five Future Flames

Ryan Pike
April 25 2013 11:51AM



The 2013 season is almost finished, so it's time to look towards the future. The benefit of the last dozen games and the audition process is that the Flames and their coaching staff knows which players fit and which don't. Here's a quick gander at five guys who, while they haven't locked themselves into full-time jobs in the NHL quite yet, are really close. (Well, okay, four that are close and one that's a bit of a stretch.) 

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Five things: Some real dumbass stuff

Ryan Lambert
April 25 2013 08:46AM



I've been hearing a lot of genuinely terrible, stupid things being said by morons lately. Not many of them have to do with the Flames, but here's me complaining about them in one place anyway:

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Mikael Backlund 2013 WOWY

Kent Wilson
April 24 2013 01:37PM


Kamp mellan Mikael Backlund och Erik Gustafsson

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There's only two games left in the season and it's entirely possible Mikael Backlund won't take the ice again thanks to the team's efforts to lose as much as possible.

As a result, I'd like to use him to introduce With or Without You, an analytic technique I've employed in the past but one that might still be foreign to some people. It's a method of adding further context to a player's measures - in this instance, his possession rates. We'll be replicating this across the Flames roster in an effort to  gauge each guy's performance this year as well as inform potential roster decisions/discussions down the line.

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Random Thoughts - The End is Nigh and New Stats Genesis

Kent Wilson
April 24 2013 09:05AM



Sorry about the lack of post game article last night folks. The truth is, with the end of the season looming and the games mattering less and less, it's becoming harder and harder to muster the fortitude it takes to write about them. For those interested though, here's an overview:

Despite a lackluster line-up, the Flames kept pace for the first half of the game and were even leading 2-1 thanks to a beauty snipe from Brodie and break-away marker from Cervenka. The Predators took over the game after that, though and ended up outchancing the Flames at almost a 2-1 margin overall. The Flames nevertheless made it close via Cervenka's 2nd goal (a tipped point shot) and a last minute flurry with Kipper pulled.

Sven Baertschi had another two assists, moving his point streak to six games.

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FGD: Tank Baby Tank

Kent Wilson
April 23 2013 03:29PM



This could be a very peculiar game tonight. The 12th place Flames take on the 14th place Predators and both clubs will be earnestly trying to lose to secure a favorable draft position.

So, in stark contrast to your average game, this will be an entirely different contest of wills: who can out-suck whom? Who can take more penalties, give up the puck at the blueline more often and dress more replacement level bodies? I'd feel sorry for any folks paying money to see the pending debacle tonight, but it might be morbidly interesting as a sort of rare, grotesque spectacle.

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