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Are any Flames award contenders?

It’s the All-Star Break and the assembled hockey world is evaluating the National Hockey League’s first big chunk of the season. When it comes to the Calgary Flames, we assembled our staff to assess whether or not any of the locals are true award contenders after 48 games.

None of us thought that anybody contended for the Calder Memorial Trophy (top rookie), GM of the Year or Jack Adams Award (top coach).

Hart Memorial Trophy

Awarded to the player judged most valuable to his team.

Johnny Gaudreau Christian T, Karim, Ryan, Taylor, Bill, Christian R, Ari

“He’s not only one of the top scorers in the league but he’s there without any of his teammates nearby, and in on over 40% of the Flames’ offence.” – Ari

Mike Smith – Ryan

“If I have to choose, I’m leaning Smith because he’s been the team’s most consistent difference-maker.”

Vezina Trophy

Awarded to the top goaltender in the league.

Mike Smith – Christian T, Karim, Ryan, Bill, Christian R, Ari

“Smith is making a legitimate case here, though I don’t think he’ll win, but if he keeps this up he should be a finalist.” – Ari

Frank J. Selke Trophy

Awarded to the top defensive forward in the league.

Mikael Backlund – Christian T, Karim, Ryan, Taylor, Bill, Christian R, Ari

“Because he came close to being a finalist last year it means voters are aware he exists now, but he’ll likely need an uptick in scoring to get back there.” – Ari

“It’s a bit of a reputation vote, but he’s been very good again.” – Ryan

Matthew Tkachuk – Christian T

Lady Byng Memorial Trophy

Johnny Gaudreau – Karim, Taylor, Christian R

Gaudreau did win the PHWA’s Midseason Lady Byng Trophy.

Michael Frolik – Christian T

Sean Monahan – Bill

Think any Flames are genuine award contenders? Sound off in the comments!

  • freethe flames

    Going completely off topic here as the story does not excite me.

    With 14 games left till the trade deadline; what type of record do they need to have to remain in the playoff hunt. I say 10-4; if they are playing that level of hockey during that period I could see BT looking to add a piece for a prospect. If on the other hand they fall on hard times and go 4-10 he will look to sell. What has to change for the Flames to go 10-4; two major changes: the PP has to be better and I would move Backs out off the first unit and replace him with either Ferland or Hamilton; someone who will shoot the puck. Secondly the Bennett/Janko/??? needs to become productive again. With Frolik’s return pending what do you with Brouwer? Does he get a look on the third line?

      • freethe flames

        10-4; I think would keep us in a top 3 spot in the Pacific; below that and I think it’s a wild card position and that is not where I think we should be. It would also be and indication of whether we are a contender or a pretender. If a contender then I think it might make sense to buy, if a pretender then not so much. Also it goes back to Hartley’s dividing the the season into 7 game series. 5-2 in each of the two series would be good; 4-3 not to much room to manouver.

    • Calgarycandle

      Calgary has 58 points in 49 games. 10-4 would give them 78 in 63. If 95 is indeed the cutoff (like Pike has been using) they would then need to play less than .500 hockey and accumulate 17 points in 19 games.

      10-4 would be great even 9-6 in the next 14 games would give them 70 points and mean they’d need 25 points in the last 19 games to get in. What I draw from the math is they just have to play consistently well from here on in. Of course it would be good to finish top 3 Pacific, not just wild card.

  • Off the wall

    Hart- Smith
    Vezina- Smith
    Selke- Smith , great at interceptions and transition to our D
    Lady Byng- Smith , for not ripping our team to shreds for poor support

  • Jumping Jack Flash

    Johnny isa fantastic player having a great season but I can’t see him staying up with the big guns when Monny and Ferland are so inconsistent. He does not score the clutch goals rather he relies on his wingers to do this. With no PP scoring and playing on a team challenged to score I am amazed he is having this kind of offensive season.

  • Off the wall

    I’m only watching the All Star game because
    1. I’m bored
    2. I love Johnny, Gio and Smith
    3. I want to see what Johnny can do 3 on 3
    4. I have 3 beers left in my fridge

  • freethe flames

    Here’s the Flames Schedule for the next 7: LV, Tampa, Chi, Chi, NJ, NYR, NYI a tough road; they need to be over .500. Here’s the Sharks; Pitts, Red Wings, blue Jackets, Canes, Avs, LV and Oilers; a little easier. Kings: Stars/Preds/Yotes/Oilers/FLA/Tamps/Canes; again easier. Ducks: Bruis/Sens/habs/Leafs/Buf/Oilers/Sharks; significantly easier. This is why the Flames need to 5-2 in this block.

  • Off the wall

    I love Ron MacLean, he always gives it to Bettman. I just hope Ron doesn’t get punished again for asking pertinent questions.

    Anyway, Did you hear the rhetoric coming out of Bettmans mouth when Ron asked him about the Flames scenario for a new arena?
    God Bettmans a pompous a$$.
    Wouldn’t answer any of Ron’s questions, such a political facade.

    • MontanaMan

      I’m actually concerned about the impasse. With no meaningful negotiations in sight, this can’t go on forever. Both sides need to suck it up, put their pride in their back pocket and get a deal done. Calgary is too great of a city to not have an NHL franchise or attract the best entertainment.