Are Teams Waiting Until January To Change Coaches?

View image | gettyimages.com I was thinking about the situation that the Calgary Flames – and several other clubs – are in earlier this week, and a thought occurred to be after reading Elliotte Friedman’s 30 Thoughts. I think teams are waiting to make potential coaching changes until they know what the league’s compensation policy…

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3 reasons for optimism

It has been about as bad a start to the season as anyone could have imagined for the Calgary Flames. They’ve fallen to six games below .500, the percentage pendulum has swung all the way to the other side, and the entire group is frustrated. It’s tough to find a lot of things to feel…

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FGD #12: The Battle of Alberta (8pm MT, CBC)

And so we meet again. Just two weeks after being embarrassed on home ice by their most bitter historical rival, the Calgary Flames travel up Highway 2 to Alberta’s capital city to do battle with the Edmonton Oilers. Both teams are coming off games with the vaunted Montreal Canadiens. Edmonton delivered a heart-breaking loss to…

Canadiens 6, Flames 2 post-game embers: RIP

View image | gettyimages.com After two periods, this was looking like another game in which the Flames deserved a better fate. But considering how the entire team collectively gave up in the third period, that simply isn’t true. I’d say it’s too bad, but it’s probably better for the team to crash and burn so…

Post-Game: House of Horrors

View image | gettyimages.com On the night before Halloween, the Calgary Flames unleashed an effort that’s bound to give their fans nightmares. Facing a Montreal Canadiens club that blew a 3-0 lead 24 hours prior up in Edmonton, the Flames lost by a 6-2 score in a game that they never led – despite them…

Dear Brad: Please Don’t Trade For Cam Ward

View image | gettyimages.com The Calgary Flames are in a bit of a bind. Heading into Friday’s action, they’re near the bottom of the NHL’s standings and one of several reasons for that is they can’t keep the puck out of their net. Through 10 games, they’ve allowed 40 goals – four per game, which…

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FGD #11: Home Ice Advantage – Flames Host Les Canadiens

(Candice Ward – USA Today Sports) Just 24 hours after losing a heartbreaker to the Edmonton Oilers, le Club de hockey Canadien (otherwise known as the Montreal Canadiens) visit the friendly confines of the Scotiabank Saddledome for a match-up with the Calgary Flames. The Canadiens are really, really good, but historically the Flames have risen…

Why Kylington Should Be Sent To The Brandon Wheat Kings

View image | gettyimages.com It was announced Oct. 29 that the Brandon Wheat Kings shipped Latvian import Rihards Bukarts to the Portland Winterhawks, leaving them with one open spot for an import player. Hmm, guess who comes to mind? With just four games under his belt of pro hockey, the Flames 2015 second-round pick, Oliver Kylington,…

Nick Schneider Proving His Worth In Medicine Hat

View image | gettyimages.com One of the worst feelings in the world must be going undrafted during the NHL Entry Draft. Think about it: spending your whole career preparing for the moment that an NHL general manager calls your name in the draft, the countless hours spent training on the ice, and the hard work throughout the years, all…

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The Roundup

Flames look like smoldering dumpster fire, concern early in Canucks season, Leafs losing despite obvious improvements, Oilers next ten need to be better, Byfuglien hates three on three OT, Joe Thornton trade a decade later, daily fantasy, Evander Kane and more in this week’s Nation Roundup brought to you by Draftkings.