FlamesNation Report Card: March 18, 2016

Report card day!!

This past week has not been great if you’re cheering for the tank. If you’re cheering for the present-day Flames, though, it was great! The Flames got four of a possible six points: falling to the Arizona Coyotes 4-1 (as they are wont to do this season, for some reason), but crushing the St. Louis Blues 7-4, and beating the Winnipeg Jets 4-1 for good measure.

We saw a bit of player movement over that time as well. Dennis Wideman’s return sent Tyler Wotherspoon back to Stockton, but it’s the forward position where things have really been shifting. Kenny Agostino came up for two games – and then was sent down, and now, Freddie Hamilton is up.

Sam Bennett and T.J. Brodie, sadly, were unable to go this past week. (Or not sadly, if you’re in favour of the tank. Hockey fandom is very confusing nowadays.)

Niklas Backstrom has yet to make his Flames debut – but that’s expected to happen this Sunday against the Montreal Canadiens, the first of a back-to-back. In the meantime, here are the Flames regulars in general and call-ups of the past week – go ahead and grade them!

Hockey Coaches

  • Matty Franchise Jr

    So, does Nik get 4 of the remaining 12 games, barring terribleness of course? Half of each back to back, and both MIN tilts? Joni getting the other 8?

      • piscera.infada

        I don’t mind giving him the Minnesota games either. Big who cares. Give him a shot at personal redemption.

        As long as we’re not seeing Hiller, I’m pretty happy about the goaltending.

      • deantheraven

        Ortio’s passed his RFA threshold. Hiller’s out the door to Europe. I say let The Old Guy play himself into shape and into the hearts of Flames fans. He’d be a great mentor to Ortio next season. maybe he shines in MTL and earns a few in a row. Worst that can happen? He loses every game he plays and our lottery odds go up.

      • deantheraven

        Ortio’s passed his RFA threshold. Hiller’s out the door to Europe. I say let The Old Guy play himself into shape and into the hearts of Flames fans. He’d be a great mentor to Ortio next season. maybe he shines in MTL and earns a few in a row. Worst that can happen? He loses every game he plays and our lottery odds go up.

    • Parallex

      Honestly… we’re not playing for anything anymore and we got Joni enough games to keep him from being a category 6 UFA so we may as well split the games equally from here on out.

      Give Backstrom the first half of the B2B and the minny games and have Joni and Jonas split the others. Give the UFA’s a chance to at least show something before they have to go look for work. If nothing else it at least says to potential future players that the org will treat you right even as you head out the door.

  • brodiegio4life

    so i was thinking about this and wondering what everyone else thinks, what players should the flames protect for the potential expansion draft?

    I think there’s 8 locks
    -mony
    -johnny
    -Bennett
    -Backlund
    -Brodie
    -Hamilton
    -Gio
    -Gillies

    That would leave either 3 more forwards, or 1 more of etiher position. I think they would have to protect 3 more forwards, even if it left guys like kevin, and nak available. 3 more forwards could be Frolik, poirier/shinkaruk, and ferland?

    • Nick24

      Won’t Gilies still be ineligible at the time of the expansion draft? Because you need to have 3 seasons of pro to be eligible. Calgary would probably protect their starting goalie (hopefully the one they acquire this summer). Especially considering that you can only take one player per team, Gilies wouldn’t be the most appealing player to target.

    • Matty Franchise Jr

      I don’t think Gillies would need to be protected as a prospect. Prospects and 1-2 year NHLers are exempt, I think. It depends when the expansion actually happens, too.

      I think it’s possible that Gio gets left unprotected because of his salary.

      • T&A4Flames

        So much depends on wording. Sure, Gillies is a prospect but he’s playing in the pro ranks. Therefore, he’s a pro. However, he would still be in only his 2nd year of pro if the expansion draft were to happen prior to July 1st of next year. That’s the confusing part.

        As for Gio, leaving him unprotected would be asinine. Better to trade him prior to the draft than let him walk for nothing.

        • MattyFranchise

          It’s hard to say since there wasn’t a cap last time but why else would they be talking about having to have a certain level of salary available in a draft?

          They’re already requiring teams to have more players available than in the last expansion, the least a new team can do is reach the cap floor.

  • phockey489

    Higher grade for Jokipakka from the WPG game alone. JC Lipon was taking healthy runs at Nakladal and others. Thumbs up for Joki crushing JC Lipon when he got the opportunity. They are still degreasing the boards from that hit. JC did not return after that hit. Don’t ever want to see guys get hurt but i thought that this was a solid and legal reply for a team that has often lacked that this year.