Flames at the World Juniors day 6: To the elimination rounds we go

Embed from Getty Images The final round robin game of the 2016 World Juniors saw two Flames prospects pitted against one another… kind of. While Brandon Hickey and Adam Ollas Mattsson were certainly playing against one another, both are defenders used, well, defensively, so the chances of them actually having to defend against one another…


FGD #37: Home Ice Advantage: Return of the Kings

(Sergei Belski – USA Today Sports) We’re nearly half-way through the 2015-16 season, but the Calgary Flames have yet to play the Los Angeles Kings. But these old friends will renew acquaintances tonight as they polish off each other’s respective 2015 at the Scotiabank Saddledome. The Flames and Kings played a bunch of really important…


What we learned in 2015: Brad Treliving did a lot

The hype surrounding Brad Treliving and his forward-thinking ideologies took hold of the Calgary Flames this calendar year. The former Arizona assistant GM’s first full year running an NHL organization of his own yielded many positives, though a few nagging underlying issues still exist. All management is capable of fault, but the improvements made by Treliving in 2015 definitely outweigh the existing negatives….

What we learned in 2015: TJ Brodie is a number one defenceman

Embed from Getty Images Remember the 2010-11 season? The Flames were coming off their first missed post-season since 2004, and were hungry to make it back into the playoffs. They had a veteran-laden team, and next to no prospects to actually speak of. But then there was the Penticton Young Stars Tournament, and there was one…

Evaluating Sean Monahan Without Johnny Gaudreau

Embed from Getty Images In his final year of college hockey, Johnny Gaudreau led his team in scoring by 15 points over just 40 games. The second and third best scorers for Boston College were his regular line mates Kevin Hayes (65) and Bill Arnold (53). The best point total managed by a “non-Gaudreau” player was…


The top 5 Flames moments of 2015

The calendar year of 2015 was certainly one to remember for the Calgary Flames. The Flames authored some of their most memorable moments in recent history over the last 365 days. So, as we get ready to ring in 2016, I’ve compiled my top five moments of the last year.


Ducks 1, Flames 0 post-game embers: Garbage

Photo Credit: Sergei Belski/USA TODAY Sports The Anaheim Ducks are having a bad season. They’re at the bottom in one of the worst divisions in the NHL, they can’t score goals, and their goal differential (-20) is almost as bad as the Flames’ (-21). They’re a far, far cry away from the team they were…

Post-Game: Live by the Stretch Pass, Die by the Stretch Pass

Embed from Getty Images The Calgary Flames saw their home winning streak come to a crashing halt this evening at the Scotiabank Saddledome, as the Anaheim Ducks clogged up the neutral zone and disrupted the stretch pass – a lot – en route to a 1-0 win. The Flames never seemed to get out of…

Flames at the World Juniors day 4: I think Brandon Hickey wants to score

Embed from Getty Images With the Swedes off and not playing again until tomorrow morning (7 a.m.!) and Mackenzie Blackwood’s return from suspension, Brandon Hickey was the only Flames prospect in action at the World Juniors today, as Team Canada took on the Swiss in a much tighter affair than would have been expected.


FGD #36: Home Ice Advantage – The Flames Face The Ducks

(Candice Ward / USA Today Sports) The Calgary Flames set a franchise record on Sunday night, winning their 11th consecutive game on home ice in the form of their 5-3 win over the Edmonton Oilers. Hopefully they can refocus in the afterglow of that moment, as now they have a chance to extend that record…


FN Mailbag – December 28, 2015

Happy holidays FN readers! Thanks for making 2015 one of the best ever for the blog, not to mention consistently providing the weekly mailbag feature with ample fodder for discussion.  For the final edition of the FN Mailbag of 2015, we look at Flames roster decisions, Gaudreau’s ceiling and whether the club should keep Mikael Backlund or…