Backlund Watch 2014: Sochi Bound? (Update: Nope)

(photo courtesy the NHL/NHL.com) On Thursday afternoon, word broke out of Vancouver that Henrik Sedin would not be playing for Team Sweden at the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. The games began technically yesterday, with the men’s hockey tournament beginning on Tuesday.


Post-Game: Berra Wins (In Regulation!)

(courtesy the NHL/NHL.com) The Calgary Flames continued their eastern trek on Thursday night, visiting the New York Islanders in Uniondale, New York. Underneath the many Stanley Cup banners in the Nassau Coliseum, the Flames hoped to return to their winning ways. And they did so. After a hard-fought, tight-checking 60 minutes of hockey, the Calgary…


Trade Deadline: What Do the Flames Have? What Can They Get?

It’s an off-day today and the hockey world is a bit quiet. Since the trade deadline is coming up fast after the Olympic Break, I thought it might be prudent to take a look at what the Flames have in their cupboards that other teams may want. As you may expect, what the Flames move…


Post-Game: Coming Up Empty

The Calgary Flames began their last three games before the Olympics tonight in Montreal. Despite a pretty solid 60 minutes of hockey, they came away with zero goals and zero points in the standings. Ultimately, the play of the two goaltenders – Montreal’s Carey Price and Calgary’s Reto Berra – was excellent and a couple…

FGD: On the Road Again

Is Weiss playing tonight? Good work Montreal, you’re just like us now — Ol’ Flooby (@bookofloob) February 4, 2014 The Calgary Flames visit La Belle Provence tonight for another instalment of the classic Flames rivalry with the Montreal Canadiens. The teams have met once this year (Calgary won), as well as in two Stanley Cup…


The Weekly Ignition: February 3 2014

    After a rocky few weeks, it’s a pretty decent period here in the world of the Calgary Flames. The big club won three in a row, the minor league team is getting back on a bit of a roll, and many prospects are continuing to have good seasons. Here’s your weekly catch-up!


Ramo Hurt, Ortio Recalled, Street Assigned

The Calgary Flames made three announcements today. F Ben Street has cleared waivers and has been returned to the AHL’s Abbotsford Heat. G Karri Ramo has an MCL injury. No word yet on severity or timelines. G Joni Ortio has been recalled from the AHL to replace Ramo. Ramo’s not yet on the IR, so Street had to…


Post-Game: That’s Five

(photo courtesy Mashable.com) It was Western Night at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Saturday night. It was celebrated with a cowboy hat giveaway and Paul Brandt. Oh, and a home win. (Yes, another one.) After being not that good at all at home, the Calgary Flames won their fifth straight game (and fifth at home) over…


Poirier vs. Culkin: A Brief Review

Last night provided a rare opportunity to see two recent Calgary Flames draft picks in their natural element – the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Thankfully, our buds at Sportsnet televised a contest between the Gatineau Olympiques and the Drummondville Voltigeurs, so I was able to get a rare chance to check out 2013 first…


Sochi: Franzen Out, Could Backlund Be In?

  Fairly significant Olympic hockey news came down this morning, as it was announced that Red Wings forward Johan Franzen will miss the tournament due to an injury. As per tradition, this immediately began speculation regarding who could replace Franzen next month in Russia as part of Team Sweden. Let’s throw this bit of speculation…


Much Ado About the Power-Play

(courtesy brewinfo.org) It’s well-established that the Calgary Flames are not a great 5-on-5 team. They have just 82 goals at even strength, 28th in the NHL (ahead of Montreal and Buffalo), and they’ve allowed more goals at 5-on-5 than anybody but Nashville, the Islanders and Edmonton. The reason why other teams are able to overcome…

Post-Game: The Track Meet

Tuesday night’s contest was an opportunity on many fronts for the Calgary Flames. It was their chance to continue a string of solid efforts that pre-dates their current winning string. It was a chance to clinch the season series against the reigning Stanley Cup Champions from Chicago. It was also their chance to win three…