Coyotes trade Stone to Flames for picks

Zach Laing
February 20 2017 02:20PM

Michael Stone is now a Calgary Flame. 

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What's wrong with Johnny Gaudreau?

Kent Wilson
February 20 2017 12:00PM

It's been a rough season for the Flames' most dangerous player. 

With 11 goals and 35 points in 49 games, Gaudreau is on track to put up his worst goal per game (0.22) and points per game (0.71) pace since entering the league. He has just two goals in his last 22 contests and was recently demoted the fourth line for a few periods after a poor turnover that led to a goal against. On top of all that, he's an unsightly -18. 

A lot of theories have cropped up to explain Gaudreau's struggles. Eric Francis and Brian McGrattan suggested the team isn't tough enough to protect Gaudreau, leading to less scoring. Many fans have pointed to Glen Gulutzan as the culprit, with the notion that the new bench boss' systems are suppressing his stars' scoring. I've also seen the theory that the league has "adapted" to Gaudreau and he has to find new ways to generate points or that the player suffers from off-ice issues.

Out of curiosity, I took a look at Gaudreau's numbers to see what they could reveal. Have his coach or teammates somehow failed him, leading to fewer chances and shots? Has the league figured out how to keep Gaudreau away from the dangerous areas? Is he partying too much?

Spoiler alert: Probably not.   

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The Nation Notebook: Lucic's struggles, Crosby's 1000th, and the Trade Dudline

Christian Pagnani
February 20 2017 11:00AM

NNNotebook

The Nation Network Notebook is a regular feature that rounds up interesting news, stories, and rumours from around the NHL that don't quite deserve their own article. 

Where have all the trades gone? By this time last year, we had already seen multiple deals happen. Also, Sidney Crosby scored his 1000th point in just his 757th career game, prompting debate as to whether he's been under-appreciated as a generational talent. 

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Calgary's likely expansion targets

Pat Steinberg
February 20 2017 10:00AM

The recent signing of Matt Bartkowski by the Calgary Flames has shone the light on June's expansion draft once again. As general manager Brad Treliving has confirmed, the team absolutely signed Bartkowksi with the expansion draft in mind as he meets the criteria of a blueliner they'd have to expose. So, it got me thinking: who would Vegas most likely target from the Flames roster come June? I came up with my top three.

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FN Mailbag - February 20, 2017

Kent Wilson
February 20 2017 08:00AM

The 2017 edition of the Calgary Flames is a study in frustration. 

Some games they are terrible and rightfully lose. Other games they are dominant... but still lose, either because their scorers can't score or because their goalies can't stop the puck. Or because the club takes too many penalties. 

Perhaps the most frustrating thing is that none of these problems were supposed to be problems. Last season, Calgary was the least penalized team in the league. This year, they're the most. Every single high priced player that Brad Treliving has re-signed in the last 12 months is having a down year, hobbling the Flames offense. And the goaltending that should have been vastly improved, isn't. It's a minor miracle Calgary is within throwing distance of a playoff spot despite all of these issues. 

We're nine days away from the trade deadline and Treliving must be scratching his head. Almost of his assumptions heading into the season have likely been undermined. Many of his core players haven't been primary contributors, his goaltending remains shaky, his blueline is still top heavy, his big UFA signing isn't working out and his farm team has just finished losing 10 in a row. 

Nevertheless, the playoffs are still possible. So what's next?

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