Flames Weekly Prospect Update: Some slowing down, some speeding up

Embed from Getty Images I occasionally think of this column as some kind of quality control report. Sometimes, the best news is no news. As I’ve seen over the past few weeks, folks have been scoring consistently, so there’s nothing really important to report. The stats speak for themselves. I just point out worrisome/promising trends….

Flames return Linden Vey to the Stockton Heat

Embed from Getty Images It’s an off day for the Calgary Flames but there has been a tiny bit of roster news. The Flames announced today that they’ve reassigned forward Linden Vey to the American Hockey League’s Stockton Heat.

How much have special teams cost the Calgary Flames?

Embed from Getty Images Roughly a quarter into the season, the Calgary Flames have the worst special teams in the NHL. With a success rate of 8.4%, their powerplay is the indisputably the worst; their penalty kill, a 72.7% affair, is ranked 29th.  The two teams near them in ineptitude? The Ottawa Senators have the…

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Was firing Bob Hartley the right move?

Embed from Getty Images The first quarter of the 2016-17 season for the Calgary Flames has been tough to swallow. They’re well below .500, they can’t get out of their way on special teams, and highly paid star players are playing underwhelming hockey.  I take calls and read texts after every Flames game and follow along…

Sabres 4, Flames 2 post-game embers: One step forward, two steps back

Embed from Getty Images Losing to a team that is barely together due to injuries isn’t nice. Losing after several decent wins by a team that has struggled to find any shred of consistency isn’t fun. Why the reoccurring theme of the Calgary Flames this season is one step forward, two steps back is beyond me….

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Post-Game: penalties kill Flames against Buffalo

(Timothy T. Ludwig / USA Today Sports) On Sunday night, the Calgary Flames began their road trip with some smart 200-foot hockey. They got timely goals and were able to work around some troubles that Sean Monahan’s line had, and they beat Detroit. Tonight? Things didn’t quite work as well as they did last night….