FGD 44: Measuring sticks (7:30pm MT, SN1)

Ryan Pike
January 11 2017 12:00PM

On Monday, the Calgary Flames had a big game against a conference rival in the Winnipeg Jets. It didn't go well, with the Flames struggling against the size and structure of the Jets game...and seemingly forgetting how to connect on passes for roughly half the game. Well, things don't get much easier for them tonight as they host the Pacific Division leading San Jose Sharks.

Playing their second game in as many nights after a fairly entertaining tilt against the Edmonton Oilers last night, the Sharks are likely going to be a bit fatigued. In other words? This is the type of game that teams that make the playoffs find a way to win. If the Flames plan on being a playoff team, they're going to have to figure out how to beat the Sharks (and the Ducks, Kings, Blackhawks and Predators) in these types of situations.

The puck drops at 7:30 p.m. MT on Sportsnet One and Sportsnet 960 The Fan! (The game is joined-in-progress on Sportsnet West.)

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Could the Flames expose Troy Brouwer in the expansion draft?

Ryan Pike
January 11 2017 08:00AM

After a season spent outside of the playoffs, the Calgary Flames made a big splash on July 1 when they signed Troy Brouwer. His deal was hefty in a few key ways: it was for four years, a $4.5 million cap hit annually, and contained a no-trade clause. In other words, the Flames bet big on Brouwer.

At the time, we at FlamesNation were a tad skeptical. In retrospect, our skepticism seems warranted. So far, Brouwer hasn't been amazing for the Flames. He's basically been a third liner, albeit with significant power play and penalty kill time added on. His underlying numbers haven't been good. Even when you ignore his injury and focus on points per game, he's eighth on the team in scoring (and seventh among forwards). Thus far, the Brouwer bet doesn't look great.

With Brouwer holding his shiny no-trade deal, could the Flames attempt to wriggle free of his lengthy contract by exposing him in this summer's expansion draft? To put it concisely: they could, but I'm not certain that they will.

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With new Adidas jerseys, Flames have a chance to get their uniforms right again

Ari Yanover
January 10 2017 02:00PM

New year, new look.

That was partially the case to start this season. The Calgary Flames ditched their old third jerseys - the ones with the wordmark awkwardly punctuated by their own logo (who uses a "C" as a period?) - in favour of returning to the jerseys that everybody loves: the retros.

Look at that uniform! Look. It's beautiful. It's by far the best jersey the Flames have to offer.

Now imagine it - and a matching away set - being what the Flames wear full time. For the entire season. It's certainly possible. As the NHL looks to switch over to Adidas jerseys, Adidas looks to nix alternate uniforms for the entire NHL. And that means teams had better get this right, or else we'll be seeing 82 games of ugly.

The Flames have the chance to get this right. They made a step in the right direction by bringing back the retros this season. Just one more step, guys.

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Flames Weekly Prospect Update: back to the grind

christian tiberi
January 10 2017 12:00PM

I know it may sicken some of you to your core to see Americans triumphant over Canada, but it's the only picture I can find with two Flames prospects hugging, and dammit that's what we're about here.

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Johnny Gaudreau named to NHL All-Star Game

Ari Yanover
January 10 2017 10:30AM

Ah, the All-Star Game: a weekend in which most of the NHL gets a chance to take a break, but for a few (mandated at least one per team) to be hauled up to whatever location has been designated for the year and shill for the league while showing off how talented they are at hockey, or something.

The Flames are a meh team this year without any real standouts, but since every team has to be represented, Johnny Gaudreau is once again an All-Star for the third year in a row. He's three for three now; do you think he may want a break at some point?

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